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Viewbix is a website utilizing videos and interactive apps to engage viewers. As of November 2012 there is no educational platform but this site definitely can be used as a Web 2.0 teaching tool for teachers and their students.
A disadvantage at this time is that the basic plan allows you to create only 2 video players. The cost to upgrade to the Pro plan is $19.99 monthly.
Creating players - videos with interactive apps - supports active learning and can integrate with the Flipped Classroom model.
Videos can be loaded from YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook. You can customize videos with a title, description and links. Videos can be embedded on other websites or shared via a unique link.
Apps available on the Basic plan includes additional YouTube videos, Twitter feeds, Flickr RSS streams, Picasa RSS streams, Google maps, Yahoo weather, Facebook photos, and stock quotes.
The website states that Document Upload will be coming soon as part of the PRO plan at $19.95 a month. Obviously there's plenty still to come at this website, but it definitely has lots of potential for the classroom.
Below is a view of the work environment on the site for creating a video player and apps.
21st Century Skills
Whether students create an original video to use or locate one on YouTube or Vimeo, they can strengthen communication skills by building content onto the video and sharing with classmates or the community. Critical thinking skills are utilized by students as they decide on the appropriate apps and links to use as they create their player.
In the Classroom
View this video player about the life of Noah Webster and the book Noah Webster & His Words by Jeri Chase Ferris.
Be sure to click on the "Learn More" and the "Map" buttons.
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Students creating their own player in Viewbix will practice gathering, analyzing and evaluating a variety of sources of information sources to include in the video player. Viewing a teacher-created player will promote discussions and interactions in the classroom as information is analyzed and evaluated.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
Speaking and Listening
Comprehension and Collaboration
2. Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
5. Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
Although this video is aimed at the business world, it gives a good overview of this Web 2.0 tool.
An email address is required to create an account. If using student email addresses is an issue at your school, consider using Mailcatch which is discussed on the "Other Helpful Tools" page.
Actual names are not required for accounts. Email addresses are used as the username along with a password.
Teachers should be aware that comments can be posted on the Viewbix website and are not moderated. Players can be embedded on other websites for viewing.
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