YouTube Playlists and Canvas LMS

Last week’s blog post showed how to create a YouTube playlist and load it into Google Classroom.  This week shows how to load a YouTube playlist into Canvas Learning Management System.  I hope you find it helpful.


How To Create a YouTube Playlist

Do you use YouTube in your classroom?  Do you use Google Classroom?  Here is a quick tutorial on how to create a YouTube playlist and upload the playlist to your Google Classroom.  I’ve been doing this for quite some time.

One word of caution though, I alway preview the videos I add to the playlist.  I don’t always remember to view old playlists before allowing students to view them.  I recently got a surprise when something inappropriate showed up on a playlist I made last year.  Always remember to view before your students view.

Math Makers: Fraction Flags

A few weeks ago we were learning about fractions in my 2nd grade classroom.  We don’t do worksheets or workbook pages very often, but this unit offered a worksheet that allowed my students to create a flag.  They were offered various boxes divided into halves, thirds, and fourths.  I knew my little artists would enjoy creating flags so I gave them the worksheets and let them design colorful flags.  I was right.  My 2nd graders thoroughly enjoyed this activity!  They enjoyed it so much that they requested (over and over again) to make the flags they designed.

Fridays at my school are devoted to enrichment.  We have Genius Hour.  We don’t do RTI on Friday.  We try to allow our students to chase their passions and discover new talents.  On a recent Friday, I handed back their flag designs and provided various types of colorful paper for my 2nd graders to create their Fraction Flags.

After they were finished creating their Fraction Flags, we headed for the iPads.  We used Educreations to take photos of our flags.  They used the pen tool to write the fractions portrayed on each flag.  My students were then able to record themselves explaining the fractions they created in their flags.  Explaining their reasoning addresses 2nd Grade Texas Math TEK 1.D.  We do this often in a variety of ways.  Second graders love to use the iPad and record themselves explaining their math thinking and reasoning.  They solidify their own learning and help others learn at the same time.

Some of my friends chose to use Seesaw and our class blog to showcase their Fraction Flag.  Others chose to use Shadow Puppets Edu.

Check out our Fraction Flags.  They are as diverse as the learners in my classroom.  That’s what makes being a teacher fresh and exciting every day.

Scan the QR Code to view some of our finished products on Padlet.

Are your students Makers?  Share your ideas in the comments section.

App Alert: Shadow Puppet Edu



I have a new favorite app, Shadow puppets edu.  My teammate, Danielle, has been using this app and telling our team about it all year.  I finally gave it a try in my classroom this past week.  I love it!  I can’t believe I waited so long to give it a try.

This app allows students to take photos or choose photos from the photo album and record a description or narration about the photo.   My students loved it.  I love it because my students can share their work directly to our class blog on Seesaw.

Like most apps it comes with tutorials.  I encourage my students to watch the tutorials.  It helps those friends who aren’t as confident about their tech skills.  When they are ready to begin, they simple click the Create New button.  They can access the camera to take photos or they can access the photo album to choose a photo.  My students have become quite adept at knowing when to allow photo access and microphone access.  I have enjoyed watching their tech skills grow this year.

Students can choose to record using one or more photos.  It is very simple to use.  Here are a few projects completed by my 2nd graders.

They are easy to share and short enough that you don’t always have to upload to YouTube to view them.

Check it out.  This app is a wonderful tool for all students!

Padlet: Organize Your Student Work

How do you organize the work your students complete online?  There are some features within Google Classroom to help organize the work you’ve assigned to your students.  Learning management systems also have built in features to allow you to organize the work you’ve assigned to your classes.

How do you organize work your students have completed on iPads? Perhaps you’ve assigned a project requiring your students to use PicCollage or ThingLink.  Perhaps you’ve given your students some choice and they’ve chosen the app they prefer to complete the project.  How do you collect and organize their finished products?

My favorite way to collect and organize iPad projects is Padlet.  Padlet allows me to put all of my students finished work, regardless of the app used, into one workspace.  I can airdrop student files to my desktop and load them into the Padlet myself.  I can provide students with a link and let them send their completed work to the Padlet as they finish projects.

Once our workspace is complete there are several options for sharing the workspace.

You have to make your Padlet public in order to share with others.  Then click the Share/Export/Embed button in the top right corner.

You can share on Facebook, Twitter, and your blog.  I usually copy the QR Code and share with my student’s families.  I add this QR Code to my Smore Newsletter.  I update these newsletters weekly.  I always let families know when I’ve added work, videos, or QR Codes for Padlet.  Adding new projects my students have completed and letting families know about it when I send the update reminder increases the views of my newsletter significantly.  Families seem to enjoy the opportunity to see what their kiddos are doing in the classroom.  This allows them to feel connected throughout their busy work days.

We have several Padlets we are currently working on in my classroom.  Some of the Padlets show work everyone completed in the same app.  Others show a variety of apps as students choice comes into play.

Here is a QR Code for a recent Padlet my students completed on The Water Cycle.

Have you tried Padlet?  Please share how you’ve used Padlet or other organizational tools in the comments.