Take a moment to browse TED-Ed by subject area or by series. Click through the “Quick Quizzes”, “Think” and “Dig Deeper” activities. Bookmark any that look relevant to your teaching so that you can come back later and watch the video.
Make a slideshow with photos from your Google Plus or Picassa galleries or upload some on the spot.
Combine videos and customize clips with special tools and effects and copyright free audio tracks.
Audio LibraryThe YouTube Audio Library is a collection of music tracks that are freely available for YouTube creators to download and feature as background music in their videos.
Play: Try out the slideshow option or the webcam capture feature.
With annotations you can layer text, links, and hotspots over your video. You can add information, interactivity and engagement.
Discuss: Which of these creative tools seem most relevant to your class? How will you use them as a teacher? Will you get your students using them? Which ones? How?
Discuss: Do any of these genres have an obvious fit in your class? What genres are we missing? What are some other creative things that we've done in education pre-YouTube that we could have kids capture and post on YouTube? What are some other ways we that we can document learning with YouTube?
Learning Event Generator
The Learning Event Generator is an idea from John Davitt who has gone on to create an iOS app for generating random "learning events."
Discuss the various roles that people in your group played? Did you learn anything? Would you use this strategy/activity in class? What did you like/dislike about the activity? Any thoughts on the following: Time constraints? Scaffolding? Tech skills? What are your thoughts about "assigning" a genre vs. student choice of genre?