Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How to Become a Google Services Expert

Google is becoming a panacea for education woes. Google services have tools that are easy to use an can be applied to motivate students and promote active learning.
If you are interested in mastering the Google services, ninjaprogram.com is the place to start. 

Improve your skills by following the ninja program, you will be getting belts to indicate your progress as you move to becoming a Google ninja master.

Friday, May 1, 2015



With its slogan “Broadcast Yourself”, YouTube is the phenomenon of the 2000s. Anyone can be a star in YouTube. You may find any video ever produced for TV, clips of any studio movie, and videos of current events recorded and uploaded as they happen; name it and you will find it in YouTube.


Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim are the creators of YouTube. After working for PayPal they adventured into the business of sharing videos in the Internet; this happened in 2005. According to Miller, the trio struggled to find a niche for their video repository; finally, they decided to allow everyone to post and/or watch video clips; they created a digital village. The site grew in popularity rapidly and pretty soon Google bought YouTube; Hurley, Chen and Karim got $1.65 billion in Google stock. After the years, the number of visitors to the site continues growing exponentially.

According to huffingtonpost.com, YouTube was sixteenth in the list of most visited sites in 2011 (this statistic was ranked by Google).  Today it is third according to Alexa Internet, Inc. Perhaps its popularity is due to the simple way user interact with the site. Finding videos in YouTube takes literally one click and uploading is like sending a picture through email. There are phones and tablets apps that let you upload, access, and download YouTube videos instantly.

With such popularity rankings, simple learning curve, and ubiquity it is unthinkable not to use YouTube in education. Today’s education is adopting the “flipped classroom” model in which students using the Internet watch lectures at home, and do the homework at school. By reversing the activities, teachers are able to tutor students individually to bring  everyone up to speed in the class. YouTube is the perfect media to post simple video lectures.


Academic videos used in education are a new genre in video production; especial attention is being put on videos for mobile learning. Using today’s technology like camera equipped laptops, phones, tablets, or high definition flip camcorders, the production of the videos is simple. Uploading and sharing educational videos on YouTube has taken off; today there is a whole section of YouTube dedicated to education. EDU-YouTube covers primary, secondary, university, and lifelong learning.  The best part about educational videos is that more than 200,000 videos are uploaded every day, and chances are that the video needed for a class may be already in YouTube.

Students and teachers may join YouTube communities or create their own private channels of specialized videos for specific audiences; YouTube videos could also be added to websites, blogs or video blogs (vlogs).

Enjoy this Youtube video called Greeting the World in Peace by Jackie Jenkins


Miller, M. 2007. YouTube 4 you. Indiana: Que Publishing.

Smith, C. June, 2011. The 17 Most-Visited Sites Of 2011 Ranked By Google. Retrieved on 9/18/12 from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/28/most-visited-sites-2010-g_n_593139.html?#s94499&title=13_Bingcom

Jenkins, J. September 4, 2012. Greeting the world in peace. Retrieve on 9/18/12 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VwpxDCmTs4&category=&feature=edu_spotlight

CSUF NBC Learn Higher Ed

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In order to allow students in the 21st century to better see, feel, and be a part of the educational experience, professors must utilize resources that enable a more interactive and dynamic educational experience.

NBC Learn Higher Ed is a subscription-based service that contains an archive of over 80 years of day-to-news coverage as reported by NBC news. The resources in this archive are comprised of primary source videos, newsreels, documents, and images that bring history and issues to life as they were covered. The university recently entered into a contract with the service and now faculty, staff and students at Cal State Fullerton can access this vast repository of visual and historical documents at no cost.

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NBC Cue Card
After logging in to NBC Learn Higher Ed, patrons can browse and research the archives using the Cue Card system. Cue Card is an interactive media player that enables users of NBC Learn to view, read, and annotate on any of the resources contained within the archive. Cue Card organizes the information into individual cards that contain bibliography, transcripts and closed captions. The cards can be arranged into custom playlists that subscribers can save, share, and revisit whenever they want. Each record covers a topic that is accurate and professionally produced making NBC Learn a valuable asset for professors.

NBC Learn contains a premium collection in the areas of natural sciences, humanities, health, social and behavioral sciences, visual and performing arts, business and government. Each resource in the archives includes learning objectives that can be easily integrated into a lesson. The short duration of the videos makes them perfect “bite size” records to incorporate into curriculum that uses the flipped classroom methodology. Faculty members that want to practice active and cooperative learning can use any of the non-fictional files to encourage participation, promote research, teach problem solving, and help improve critical thinking and global perspective.

Faculty, staff and students can access CSUF NBC Learn from the portal or by going directly to the webpage.