Archive for September 6th, 2011

ssssshhhhh Quiet Tube

| September 6, 2011 | 2 Comments 

One of the problems I am sure you often encounter, as we do as we travel, is a huge, and sometime illogical, set of filters on online sites and resources. Sometime strict filtering, whilst understandable on some levels, is also frustrating and doesn’t allow people to fulfill their professional duties.

I am not going to get on my hobbyhorse (again!) but I do think there is a lot of utterly inncouous but powerful material that can not be used in some regions (and yet is open in others) and Youtube is one of those repositories of valuable information which gets blocked. This is often not because of the films themselves. Rather, because of the comments that people make when they are often trying out their rude spellings!

You still have to excersise professional judgement as to whether or not content is suitable and valuable, but there are a few ways to display content that you know is appropriate to your pupils, even when it held at bay in school. Here is just one:

Quietube is, as it says: “Video without the distractions”

To watch web videos without the comments and !@£$%^&, just drag the button (on the site) to your browser’s bookmarks bar. On any of the supported video pages, ( YouTube, BBC iPlayer, Viddler, and Vimeo) click the bookmark button to watch in peace.

You can then make short URLs too, to send the quietube version to others. Easy as 1, 2, shhhhh.
(You will have to create the Quietube link at home, and then go to that URL in school).

Here’s an example.Here’s a quick tutorial.
Here they are on Twitter.

You might have some trouble with a few uploaders who prohibit embedding, but it is well worth the try.

There are others (to follow) but Quietube really is simple & instant. Oooh! Look at all that lovely white space!

Borrow Wood Primary School, Derby – Day 1

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The first of two days at Borrow Wood Primary School, Derby

Thank you to Helen Hough, Headteacher for organising our visit.

Helen took a strong decision: to have a training day, and then a day of lessons with the children, on their first day back.

At Borrow Wood Primary they proudly “work together to support and inspire all our children to be successful and happy life long learners. By providing excellent teaching and learning in a secure, supportive and caring environment, we aim to develop children: as independent learners, as responsible, caring members of our community, as motivated individuals who strive for personal achievement and who have high self esteem, respecting themselves, others and the environment”. Continue Reading