With the info on the announcement, it’s hard to tell what will be worthwhile and what would be a waste of time. But there’s so much of it, one would have to assume that at least some of it will be good.
My Simple Show lets you create free audio “explainers” – about biographies, chemical reactions, you name it.
What makes it truly exceptional is the scaffolding and support it provides each step of the way, plus so much of it is automated – down to the selection of images (which you can easily change). You can provide your own audio narration or choose its computer generated voice.
I spent five-to-seven minutes creating the video below – I just let the site create the images and their sizes (though you can change them easily when creating a video) and also didn’t take the time to provide my own voice narration. I think you’ll agree it’s pretty impressive for five-to-seven minutes of work.
It’s very, very simple to use and accessible to English Language Learners.
You can read the transcript to President Obama’s speech here, and I’ve embedded the video at the bottom of this post.
I thought what he said about making mistakes could be particularly useful in the classroom.
Here’s that excerpt, followed by a writing prompt:
What does President Obama (and former President Roosevelt) think about making mistakes and those who make them? To what extent do you agree with what she is saying? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.
Here’s the latest edition of this regular feature . These are the posts appearing this blog that received the most “hits” in the preceding seven days (though they may have originally been published on an earlier date).