‘Tis the Season

In the spirit of the holiday season, I thought I’d share with you Google’s Santa Tracker.  It’s pretty clever and I think the little ones would really be into it.  Every day opens something new in the interactive town of the north pole.  There are videos, games, simple javascript, global traditions around the world, how to say Santa in different languages, etc.  They also have lessons aligned to the Common Core.

Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker is a free video editing tool that takes out all the hard stuff.  I just taught a colleague how to use this the other day.  Super easy.  It helps you remix web video into a single mashup video.  You can pull content from the web (youtube, vimeo, etc) and add your own comments and links to it.  One of my fellow teachers wants to use it to take clips/segments of certain youtube videos to create her own video that displays various types of dance.

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