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9-Instructional Tools

(1) Audio Resources

Numerous educational videos, sound clips, and animations are available on the Internet. Teachers should be able to find appropriate multimedia resources, and link to or download such files.

  • Identify an audio resource appropriate to teaching your subject (music, speech, animal sound, poem, newscast, etc.). Download the file and embed it in your portfolio, or provide an active link to it. Cite the source and describe how and why you will use it in instruction.
  • Reconstruction Lecture Download : I would use this source in my instruction as a supplement to the lecture that I was giving.  I would pick out excerpts from the audio lecture to break up the course material and possibly use it during classroom discussion or to supplement the reading, possibly during independent reading of the subject material.  

(2) Video Resources

  • Identify a video or animation appropriate to teaching your subject. Unfortunately, many good educational videos are on commercial sites like Youtube which must be blocked by schools because they may also provide access to inappropriate content. Fortunately, you can download files and use them on a personal computer without being connected to the Internet. Download a video (sample science videos) and embed it in your portfolio, or provide an active link to it. If you provide a link, also include screen captures of key sections of the video or animation. Cite the source and describe how and why you will use it in instruction

YouTube Video


This video can be found at Learn Out Loud.   It is a wonderful website that incorporates various types of educational mediums to be learned in the classroom.  This video is actually of a lecture made by David Blight, a Professor of History at Yale University.  The video is embedded on the website and the download link for the audio as well as the youtube playlist link are located on the site.  




(3) Presentations

Presentation software provides teachers the opportunity to display text and graphics in a slide show fashion. PowerPoint and Keynote are two of the most popular presentation tools. Teachers and professors make extensive use of presentations, but many are concerned about the potentially negative effects such presentations can have on instruction.

  • After reading the articles on the educational use and abuse of presentation software, summarize how presentations should be constructed and delivered to maximize learning and minimize abuse.
  • Locate and and download one or more PowerPoint presentations relevant to your teaching needs. Include the URL of the location from which you obtained them and summarize the PowerPoint and where in your curriculum you will use it.
  • Make a PowerPoint presentation to teach a lesson in your subject area, keeping in mind the principles you have outlined above and the guidelines provided (see tutorial). Your presentation should include numerous graphics and be at least 10 slides in length. (a) Provide an electronic copy of your presentation (ppt format) on your website.  (b) Embed screen captures of your presentation in the template.  Make sure the content is easy to read.

(4) Digital Video Editing

  • Develop a practice movie using the files provide. Put this video on a streaming video server and embed in your website. Your movie should include:
    • Imagery: stills (animated with Ken Burns effect) and video.
    • subtitles (for instructional purposes)
    • audio: background music, voice-over narration, and transitions
  • Produce a brief instructional movie using your own footage. Put this video on a streaming video server and embed in your website.

(5) DVD

Develop a lesson using a computer-based DVD-player that includes bookmarks and video clips to access specific scenes.

  • Identify the DVD and explain why you chose this for a lesson.
  • Include a screen capture showing your catalog of bookmarks and video clips.
  • Describe how the scan fast, scan slow, step, mute, bookmark, video clip, and screen size features can be used to enhance your lesson

(6) Concept Maps


  • Provide links to other relevant documents or resources you have developed.
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