Newspapers in Education
YouTube in the Classroom
Trouble playing YouTube videos in your classroom? Here are directions from Mike Vosper, Covenant's Technology Coordinator, on how to fix it.
If you are getting the error “An error occurred. Please try again later.”, try the following:
1. Browse to Youtube.com
2. Scroll ALL THE WAY to the bottom.
3. Look for the button that says Safety: Off.
4. Click the arrow – scroll down just a little further and select On.
5. Click Save.
6. If done correctly, it will take you to the top of the YouTube page with an indication “Successfully enabled Safety Mode”.
7. Click your video to play.
You’ll have to do this with each and any Internet browser you use (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc).
Creative Online Technologies
Storybird is our featured site of the month. See directions on the left for creating an online storybook in your classroom or at home
Twitter and Google Earth Lit Trips
I had the opportunity to attend the VAIS Technology Conference where I learned how to use Twitter and Google Earth Maps in the classroom. Teachers can use Twitter to keep students informed on class assignments. It is also used for something called Backchanneling which allows students to give feedback and interact during class presentations. Google Earth Maps create fascinating visual interactive lessons. I created a Lit Trip after reading A Narrative of the Life of a Slave by Frederick Douglass that illustrates his journey from the life of a slave to freedom and overseas and back again. It is available in the Library Instruction page located in the Upper School Teachers Tab menu. There are many Lit Trips available online created by other teachers such as The Aeneid by Virgil or Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Google Earth must be downloaded before you can make or view maps. Contact me if you would like more information about Google Earth Maps or using Twitter for educational purposes.