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Ideas for Using AASL Best Websites: Learn it in Five March 25, 2013

Posted by Donna Baratta in Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, Check this out!.

Want to embed technology in instruction? Working to introduce your students or colleagues to cool and useful online tools? Overwhelmed by the constantly evolving array of Web 2.0 resources? Pressed for time? Learn it in Five < http://learnitin5.com>, featured on the AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning 2012 list, provides a library of five-minute (or less) how-to videos on Web 2.0 resources.  The resources are selected for their educational value.

The Learn it in Five videos are organized in seven categories:

Social Media for Teachers

Classroom Video Tools

Classroom Blogging

Wikis for Teachers

Classroom Podcasting

Web 2.0 Lessons

Videos for your Class

The Search for the Right Tools:

The categories are an excellent starting point when searching for potentially valuable resources. Use the videos to start screening resources before setting up accounts or trying to figure out “how they work.”

Tip: Send students to Learn it in Five to look for alternative ways to produce and publish their original content.

Professional Development:

In addition to using Learn it in Five as a resource for quick introductions to online resources, teachers can investigate the Digital Classroom Strategies section of Learn it in Five for ideas on implementing digital resources.

Tip: Use Learn it in Five’s subscription feature for daily updates. Having information sent to you is a great time management tool.


Finally, just as the site’s title suggests, you can use Learn it in Five videos for quick how-to introductions to online tools.

Tip: Have students create their own “Learn it in Five” videos based on the models provided.

Deb Logan
Librarian/Media Specialist
Mount Gilead Middle High School
Mount Gilead, OH


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