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Not your grandmother’s time capsule.

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I’m always looking for new ways to show my students how we have grown over time intellectually and socially (community building). Capzules (via angelamaiers on twitter) seems like an innovative new way to do that. Capzules says you can “combine your videos, photos, blogs, and mp3s into rich, multimedia story lines”.

I’m brainstorming uses for my 5th grade class:

– Making our class time capsule during our last morning meeting of the week. Keeping track of our class goals, celebrations, favorite lessons, etc.

– Digital storytelling in language arts, social studies, and science: having students tell stories using digital media.

– Portfolios: uploading student work into a digital portfolio they can keep forever.

– Better teaching: keeping a portfolio of my lessons and contributions of the class. This is a cool way to track professional growth.


You don’t have to bury this time capsule in the playground.


Make your video content Klickable.

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One of my friends in nonprofit communications introduced me to Klickable. You can use the site to make web videos click-able. This means you can click on any object displayed in the video to learn more about it. Klickable’s motto is “interactive video that connects you to the content”. Although the folks at klickable are marketing their site for PR purposes (the demo video features a Klickable of a Trump properties commercial), this could be an amazing tool for teachers. We can take videos we find on the internet or ones we make and add a new layer of content for students. If your students do video projects, they can add more information.

Neat deal.


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1 March 2009 at 2:16 am

Daystreaming Allowed.

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On the Moodstream (Getty Images) website, students can create their own visualizations using many different settings (image via the Moodstream website):


After students choose their mood and style (happy or sad, humorous or serious, black and white or color, nostalgic or contemporary, etc.), the website streams continuous video, still images, and sound. If students see or hear something that they like, they can add it to a Moodboard and find out more information from the Getty Images website.

Uses I think of right now involve language arts, social studies, and art inspiration/writing prompts. Students can create a stream and then do projects inspired by the stream (poetry, short stories, reflections, artwork, research, etc).

Can you think of other ways to use this tool in the classroom? Have you streamed today?