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.

Blendspace-An Amazing Resource

I’ve been using Blendspace for a couple of years now.  Blendspace is a wonderful resource offered through  TES is for teachers.  There are a variety of lessons and resources available and membership is free.

Blendspace is one of my favorite resources.  I can quickly and easily create a lesson to add to my Google classroom using Blendspace.   You can drop and add as many media resources as you like into your Blendspace.

You can search Youtube, Flickr and Google for resources.  You can add from your Google Drive, or Dropbox.  You can add a webpage.  You can even add your own video and media.


I usually research Youtube beforehand so I will know exactly which videos I want to use in my Blendspace.  I often make a Google slide beforehand so that it is also ready to go.  Then you drop and add to each slide in the Blendspace.


When you are finished creating your Blendspace, there are several options available for sharing or publishing your lesson.


My favorite way to share Blendspace lessons with my students is to create a Google Slide with the link to the Blendspace lesson.  I load the slide into my Google Classroom for students to access.  This is the method I have had the most success with in my classroom.  My students can access the Blendspace with iPads, desktops, laptops, and in our Computer Lab.

Editing is easily accomplished, even within and already shared lesson.


Just click the pencil in the bottom right corner and begin editing.  You also have the option to delete a slide altogether.  This is sometimes necessary when media from other sources changes after you’ve created your lesson.

My students love learning by video.  Blendspace gives me the ability to create lessons for my whole class, small groups, and even individuals.  It is truly one of my favorite teaching resources.

Here are a few of my Blendspace lessons.  Feel free to use them with your students.

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MakerSpace and Adobe Spark: Tell the Story

My class visited MakerSpace for the first time this year.  MakerSpace is new to my campus.  What is MakerSpace?



I used Adobe Spark to document the experience.  Adobe Spark is simply amazing.  You drag and drop media into pages, posts, and slides to create and document the stories you want to share with the world.

I am truly excited to see what my students will do with this technology.  It is simple to use.  There are themes to choose from.  You don’t have to do much yourself, except have your photos, and video ready to go.  And best of all, it’s free!  You can sign in with an Adobe account if you have one.  Or, you can sign in through a Google account.  My team and I already have some plans on using Adobe Spark with our kiddos.

Click Here to view the page I created about MakerSpace.  My video is included in the page.  You have to scroll down to see the whole page.



Have you used Adobe Spark?  Have an idea for Adobe Spark?  Please share in the comments.

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Guided Reading – It’s an “EDpuzzle”

I love Guided Reading time.  I teach reading in the morning, and I love this time to be with my students in small groups or even one on one.  I love the conversations we have.  I enjoy listening to my kiddos share what’s on their minds and what’s going on in their lives.  We alway spend a few precious moments in conversation.  This skill is as necessary as reading.

I love diving into a new book.  I’m always anxious to see how the students will react.  Have they read this book?  Are they familiar with this topic?  Are they interested in this topic?  What do they already know?  Oftentimes, my kids have quite a bit of background knowledge (schema) about one of the books we are reading.  Other times, they have none.  This past spring I discovered a tool to help build background and understanding before my 2nd graders ever come to the reading table – EDpuzzle.

EDpuzzle is a site that allows teachers to choose from hundreds of videos to engage student learning.  These videos come from the EDpuzzle site, YouTube, Khan Academy, and many more.

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I love this site because I can cut or trim the video and only use certain parts or I can use the whole video.  I can insert questions that must be answered before students continue viewing the video.

Teachers can login using a Google account or an Edmodo account.  Students can be added easily from both Google Classroom and Edmodo.  I just login with my Google account.  I added my students from Google Classroom.  That was it, very simple to get started.  There is a great tour at the beginning to show you how to use the site.

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I like to add videos for the whole class as well as small groups.  Sometimes if my groups are reading similar books or books on the same topic I add videos for the whole class to view.  I can have my kids view the video at the Reading table before we begin.  I can also have them view the videos independently or in a small group while I’m meeting with others.

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Adding this piece to my guided reading repertoire has increased student engagement and success at the reading table.  My students have grown in knowledge as the videos support the learning that is taking place in the reading group.  They can’t wait to see the new book that will go along with the videos they’ve watched.   I get excited when my kiddos get excited!

How do you use technology in your Guided Reading groups?  Please share in the comments section.

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