Tom Turner from Polk County is a great advocate for Discovery Educator Network and unitedstreaming. As a middle school classroom teacher, Tom’s not the school’s trainer. However, he has been turning in events, sharing projects, blogging, and so forth. He’s always a joy to have at any event, and is quick to jump in and volunteer to do whatever it is we’re doing. He even admitted to getting out his map so he could figure out where Okaloosa was for a possible event in October. So is it any wonder that this entire week’s tips will be from the one, the only Tom Turner – Active DEN Member Superstar?
Without further delay, your tip from Tom Turner on unitedstreaming and Inspiration:
(yes I will start here becasue I know it’s near and dear to Danielle’s heart): Use Inspiration with unitedstreaming video to create thinking maps with your students. Using Inspiration prior to showing a video clip will allow you to check for prior knowledge of a topic. Following the clip, use the "Rapid Fire Tool" so you can check for understanding by promoting dicussion on the topic. If you have Inspiration 8, download your unitedstreaming videos in Quick Time format so you can directly embed them into Inspiration. If you don’t have the upgrade, all is not lost. Just hyperlink your Windows Movie Player or Quick Time File. Oh, and don’t move the file afterwards. The link will be looking for it in the path you set it on.
You can even customize your image library in Inspiration by bringing in images from unitedstreaming. The first thing that you need to do is download the images from unitedstreaming, preferably in small size. There are several ways to bring the image into the library, but the easiest to explain is to click on the down arrow by the library guide and select EDIT SYMBOL LIBRARY. You’ll then import the image in. Keep the image standard size, otherwise it could take up the entire thinking map.
Thanks Tom for sharing. Tomorrow he’s sharing a tip about the Writing Prompt. Anyone else who has a tip, feel free to email it to me. And don’t forget to document you sharing Tom’s tip with other teachers in your school. I’ve got some Discovery Gifts to help you go back to school in style!
Oh, and your stress relief for the day can be found on the National DEN Blog Site. This video is too funny!