Category Archives: Video

Long time, No see … Right?

instructionaltechnologyteamI could come up with all kinds of reasons why I haven’t blogged in forever, but the bottom line is that I just got all kinds of crazy busy! This is my first year as the Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Library/Media Services in our district. I’m incredibly blessed to work with such a great group of people. Just like any new position, this meant lots of long hours and eleventy billion new things to learn. It’s been busy, but fun … and apparently the blog has stayed near the very bottom of the to-do list. 🙂

I’m not going to do anything crazy like promise to post here every other day or even weekly. But I have seriously missed sharing little tips and tricks with you. So for today, I’m back!

If you’re not already following the EMS ISD Instructional Technology team on Facebook and Twitter, you definitely should. Great things are happening around our district and we are excited to share them out. And while you’re at it, hop on over to the EMSISDITs Blog and sign up to get emails with our new posts.

And if you happen to still be reading, here’s your treat for the day. The Technology Department accepted the #MannequinChallenge today. And we TOTALLY ROCKED it!

This was SO. MUCH. FUN. and we did it in one take! Have you done the Mannequin Challenge? Add the link to your video in a comment!

A real tech tip coming soon … and it’s a good one!

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Math Videos for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Classrooms

Are you looking for ways to get your kids excited about math? Check out the fun, educational songs and videos from Numberock that will have kids begging for more math time.

numberrock youtubeMy favorite way to peruse a YouTube channel is to look at the Videos (to see everything available) and to check out the Playlists.




Check out the songs that are part of the Measurement Playlist …

If you have used any of these in the classroom, what did your students think? What other educational videos do you use with your students?


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September 11 in Rap Form

While rap isn’t normally my favorite music genre, it is a favorite for many kids (and adults!) I had heard of Flocabulary, but really didn’t know what it was. Today, I happened upon this rap song/video all about 9/11. It is designed for 5th-12th grade students, and may be a good way to start a conversation about the day.

9-11 Rap


In addition to the video, you will find some quick review questions and interactive lyrics. If you’re a paid subscriber to Flocabulary, there is a quiz that goes along with the video.

Although this is my first experience with Flocabulary, I don’t think it will be my last.

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