How many times have you found a great video resource on YouTube to match a lesson you were teaching only to find that the suggested videos along the right-hand column and comments below the video were either inappropriate or just downright distracting?
Well, I found a great way to remedy this problem! Viewpure.com ViewPure is free and basically, displays the video on a clean white background free of comments and suggested videos that typically appear next to the video you had selected. There have been instances that it has not worked with embedded videos but those times have been very rare in my experience. ViewPure is also a great workaround if your district blocks YouTube.
There are two easy ways to use ViewPure. You can either copy the URL of the Video you want to watch and paste it inside ViewPure or you can download a bookmark tab to use, which is quicker to access.
Here are three videos to show you how to use and install ViewPure:
ViewPure Video How To- Maria Kehres
ViewPure Example #1 by Brian Wise
ViewPure Example #2 by Brian Wise
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Lesson plans,…have you ever wondered what percentage of our day, our week, our careers are based on developing and executing our lesson plans? Would it be safe to say that great lesson plans are a necessary evil to great lessons? So, finding a system and format that works best for us is crucial to our success in our classrooms.
My solution? Planbook.com. I have used this online lesson planning tool for the last five years and I have loved it! The best part is when I set up my plans for the upcoming year, all I have to do is select -“Copy” to that upcoming year and everything transfers! Now, I realize that no one does everything the same but it is so wonderful to have last year’s plans as a menu to see what I did last year so I can make improvements to my plans. In past years, I would spend hours each week studying and copying the best parts of my previous year’s handwritten plans to the upcoming year. So now, all I need to do is refine those changes to reflect the improvements. When I have a sub, I can copy or attach to the sub request, that days’ plans with an attachment or a link imbedded. My student teacher was able to access in view only mode to see my plans as well. For a $12.00 a year subscription you can:
- Develop custom schedules for each class.
- View and print lessons by day, week, or class.
- Create class templates for any day of the week.
- Connect to national, state and local standards.
- Attach files and links to your lessons.
- Adjust your lesson schedule with a single click.
- Allow students to view your plans online.
- Share your plans with other teachers.
- Easily re-use lessons from one year to the next.
This is a screenshot of my plans for the second week of school. Definitely a work in progress but you get the idea.
Also, here are the Tutorials from Planbook.com to help you get started! Try it! You will not be disappointed.
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