Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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Some amazing video resources and tools you probably did not know about.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

With more video being uploaded every month to YouTube than the major 3 networks have created since they began... how can we ignore YouTube in education? So with that said, I will start with YouTube resources!

YouTube resources:

YouTube Downloader apps. 

My favorite app, is actually an entire suite of great apps that includes a lot of nice tools along with a YouTube downloader. This app is from DVDVideoSoft. You can download the entire free suite from here. Since it is free, make sure during the install you make sure you do not install their browser tool bars. I can not blame them for wanting to garnish a little extra revenue for creating such a great product, but personally I hate most browser tool bars, so here is your fair warning. There are many other video downloading tools, and TechRepublic has a nice article with five more YouTube down loader apps.

Some other great video sites:

There are so many great video resources on the web, it's really hard to write a short blog article listing some of the best, but hopefully this help!

Some awesome apps for teaching nutrition to students.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

There are some great apps for helping students with eating and nutrition. Many of these apps have IOS and Android apps.  You are only limited by your imagination.  Have students bring in a bunch of their favorite snacks and scan them with the fooducate app, or maybe have them track their exercise and intake using the Lose It app. Here are a few to get you started: has the Go Meals HD App It is a great app to track food and diet and create awareness of eating habits. They have an app for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. Has a great app that allows kids to scan the food bar code and gives it a grade. It was awarded the Appstore 2011 best of the iPhone Health & Fitness category. Download it here

Diary Ping Allows you to find out where your milk comes from. It's great teaching students that milk does not come from a bottle, and finding out if it is locally produced.

Lose It! is a simple app with the concept of calories in and calories out.  It combines nutrition and exercise.