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Welcome to Expacked (Issue #47)

November 19, 2009

This year seems to have gone by quickly.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas is only five weeks away.  We can all feel the holidays coming up, however there’s still a lot of work to do before then.  Most teachers will now be busy preparing for end of year tests, student reports and, of course, winter camp planning.

Here’s a great clip I came across while surfing the web this week.  This video/presentation has some amazing facts about India, China and just what the future means for education.  Watch and enjoy.

YouTube Tip for Teaching – KeepVid

YouTube is great resource to use for teaching in the classroom.  However, it can also be a nightmare when a video fails to stream fast enough and you have a classroom full of kids staring back at you.  You could just stream it before class, but what happens if you are teaching them in their own homerooms, or worse, the video can’t be found!

To help solve this, there are programs available that you can install on your computer so you can download the full YouTube video for future use in the classroom.  The trouble is, many of these programs just don’t seem to work that well.

Instead, I found a great website, called KeepVid, that will actually do the downloading for you.  All you need to do is copy and paste the video’s URL into this website and select the video format you want (MP4 is best as it works for virtually all video players).  It’s as simple as that!  When you find a video that you definitely want to use in future classes, try KeepVid out!

Here’s the stories making the news this week:

Feel free to comment on any of the stories and make use of the easy sharing options available – in just a few quick clicks you can share any of these stories to all your teaching mates in Korea.

I hope you enjoy the read and, of course, have a good laugh at this week’s jokes at the end.

Thanks,

Ken

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