26 June 2011

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Ever felt curious? Curiosity (by the Discovery Channel) is a treat for whoever has questions on their mind. You can share what you feel curious about, find out what others feel about and find out explanations. Topics are endless, ranging from Science & Society to Oceanography. It's easy to navigate and for those who prefer their explanations to be given in multimedia, there are also videos accompanying many of the answers.  Students can use Curiosity for projects, to include in their reference lists and even to discuss validity of sources and presentation of information. 

VHX is where you can find a selection of videos. You can track videos, share with friends, and even queue to watch when it suits you. Begin by signing up  (or sign in with your FB or Twitter account) and then explore at your leisure. What I did find was that it showed me mostly videos related to learning and education so I am not sure what videos may be brought to your screen. 

Wiffiti publishes real time messages to a screen which is you can access online or on your mobile and probably the most curious tool I have recently come across. If you are not sure how to begin, watch the help video here and you'll be on your way! 

Because this post is about curiosities, I'd like to mention questionaut, a curious learning game by the BBC. Learners are enticed to answer questions before going to the next stage (there are 8). Questions range from writing devices to how to read on the internet, providing an engaging way to revise for English, Maths and Science.

I am sure that many are familiar with David Mainwood's and Jamie Keddie's inspiring sites where they share their lessons for using videos and documentaries as teaching materials. David and Jamie have excellent lesson plans for different language learning levels and are a must to add to one's own lesson. Should you also like to add further references to your multimedia library, below you can find further documentaries and video clips - all curious, many useful for learners and teachers to use. 

explania.com - animated explanations, interactive tutorials

If you need to shorten or change video clips:

Mixiate - drag & drop to create playlist 

SnipSnipIt  - to insert a YouTube video and shorten it

And as for curiosities, do you still remember curious fairy tales?

Granny O'Grimm's Sleeping Beauty from Darragh O'Connell on Vimeo.

Note: The title of this entry can be made with TextFlip or FlipText 

You can find the complete website for Granny O'Grimm here

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