Upcoming Edcamps

There are two Edcamps coming up on October 24th:

What is an Edcamp?

An edcamp is a free one-day professional development experience led by the participants. Sessions are planned the morning of the conference, and are selected by the participants to attend or lead.

The sessions presented do not have to align with technology, they can be about anything. For example, if you are interested in Standards Based Grading, you could create a session with that topic, and ask for others that have done SBG to attend and offer insight. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Approving Youtube videos

Previously, Google had given school districts and other organizations the ability to filter search results and Youtube. Unfortunately, there are some organizations that were using this ability to spy on the users for marketing purposes, so Google is now forcing all searches and Youtube to go over SSL, which is secure. This has a side effect of us not being able to filter, and we now have to rely on Google to filter for us. For Youtube, Google has had the uncanny ability to block not only inappropriate videos, but also videos produced by the staff and students of Kenton City Schools.

Last month, Google turned on the ability to approve videos for viewing by students of Kenton City Schools. I assigned this permission to all staff, so teachers can now check whether the students are able to view a video and approve it if not.

Checking viewability (yes, my new word) of a video

You will need to check that you are logged in to Google as your staff account. Go to Youtube and check the upper right corner of the window. Your avatar picture should be there, which, if you click on it, will show the user logged in.

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Search or find the video you would like to show. Below the video will be a blue box, showing the status of the viewability of the movie by the students of Kenton City Schools.

A movie marked Watchable by kentoncityschools.org is able to be viewed by anyone, no further action required.

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A video labeled Video not approved for kentoncityschools.org is not able to be viewed by students. It can be approved by clicking the Approve button.

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Once it’s approved, it will say Video approved for kentoncityschools.org and the Approve button becomes a Remove button, so access can be removed if desired.

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