Interactive Video (Part Two): Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker

Interactive Video (Part Two): Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker
by Robin Neal ·

To my shock and horror, my students claimed to have never seen a PopUp Video. They were vaguely aware of VH1 and suspected that some old people still watch it? If it even exists? We were brainstorming uses of Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker, and I was sharing that a colleague had a great idea of using the free online tool to make a PopUp video of a presidential debate. Continue reading »

Interactive Video (Part One): Flipping at TED-ed

Interactive Video (Part One): Flipping at TED-ed
by Robin Neal ·

You, like me, have spent a fair amount of time watching on-line videos. Who can blame us? When we need a break from grading, routines, or vacuuming, lovely owls, talking dogs, or five people playing one guitar are irresistible draws. Continue reading »

Flipping Isn’t Just About Video: A Better Approach to Vocabulary

Flipping Isn’t Just About Video: A Better Approach to Vocabulary
by Robin Neal ·

I would tell you how I used to incorporate vocabulary in my English classes, but I’m betting you already know. Chances are … Continue reading »

Design Thinking: It’s Natural to Be a Bit Confused

Design Thinking: It’s Natural to Be a Bit Confused
by Robin Neal ·

Socratic Ignorance can teach us something about our attitudes toward Design Thinking. Socrates earned his rep for being a wise … Continue reading »

Defending Kony 2012

Defending Kony 2012
by Robin Neal ·

Chances are you have already seen this month’s most viral video, Kony 2012, a polished and provocative thirty-minute film produced by Invisible Children that … Continue reading »

Down With Posters

Down With Posters
by Robin Neal ·

I despise glitter. It’s proudly gauche and sinisterly invasive. Once a bedazzled project crosses the threshold of my classroom, the … Continue reading »

Making Grammar Sticky With Google Docs

Making Grammar Sticky With Google Docs
by Robin Neal ·

I spent many hours in elementary school diagramming sentences, parsing parts of speech on spidery branches of sentence trees. I … Continue reading »

Symbolics: How To (Pt. 2)

Symbolics: How To (Pt. 2)
by Robin Neal ·

If you are reading this post, you have most likely read its companion that explains what a Symbolic is. If … Continue reading »

Symbolics: Making Abstract Thinking Concrete (Pt. 1)

Symbolics: Making Abstract Thinking Concrete (Pt. 1)
by Robin Neal ·

A Symbolic is a concrete representation of abstract thinking, a picture that demonstrates how ideas interact and work. I use … Continue reading »

Get Students to Care About Copyright

Get Students to Care About Copyright
by Robin Neal ·

In my own classroom, I fight the good fight every day, wrestling with students who want to use copyrighted music … Continue reading »