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Content Creator Spotlight: Foundry

By Boclips on Oct 28, 2022 1:10:21 PM



Cue Justin Timberlake, because Boclips is bringing our Content Creator Spotlight back. Every month, we’ll be featuring one of our 300+ educational content creators and shining a light on their educational videos. First up is Foundry, formerly IDG Communications. Foundry creates educational videos and other content about consumer tech and IT. Keep reading for a Boclips interview with Foundry and — and for two previews of Foundry videos available on CourseSpark.

Topics: Video Content Partners
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New Content Roundup: September 2022

By Boclips on Oct 7, 2022 2:37:41 PM

September has been a month of travel for Boclips, from the DIDAC 2022 conference in India to the GESS Oman Summit, and soon off to Bangkok for Asia BETT 2022. As our team has traveled round the world, connecting with education providers from all over, Boclips' Content team has been forging new partnerships themselves.

For a look at a few samples of instructional videos and content creators added to CourseSpark in September, check out the clips below.

Topics: Video Content Partners
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New Content Roundup: August 2022

By Boclips on Sep 7, 2022 7:45:00 AM

Before Labor Day weekend, Boclips’ Content team spent the last few weeks of summer rounding out CourseSpark’s newest videos. For the 2022–23 school year, course creators and instructional design teams will find new podcasts and videos on CourseSpark, ranging from ELL for K–12 students to coding for post-traditional learners.

For a look at a few samples of instructional videos added to the platform in August, check out the videos below.

Topics: Video Content Partners
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Introducing CourseSpark

By Boclips on Aug 22, 2022 11:45:00 AM

Discover beautifully curated, curriculum-aligned educational videos and podcasts from world-class content creators on coursespark.io

Topics: News and Announcements Educational Videos Education Videos
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How to Leverage Primary Sources in Instructional Design

By Rachel Peachey on Aug 12, 2022 11:44:11 AM

Photo by Photoholgic. Description: Photo of wrinkled newspaper, business cards, and other historical documents.

Think of an important event in history that occurred during your lifetime. You probably remember watching the news on TV or seeing the newspaper headlines related to the event. These primary sources are part of our collective cultural memory. 

Primary sources can also serve as important learning materials for students. Helping learners step within inches of historical events and the news, primary sources are invaluable. Not only do primary sources bring benefits for learners, but they are also versatile. 

In this guide, learn how to pick out the best primary sources for your course needs. Then, discover activities you can leverage to get the most out of primary sources in instructional design.

Topics: Issues in Education Teaching Methodologies Tips for Using Video Video in Digital Learning Instructional Design Educational Videos
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New Content Roundup: July 2022

By Boclips on Aug 3, 2022 1:12:06 PM

July tends to be a slow time in education (summer holidays, we're looking at you). This past month, though, the team at Boclips was busy. We added several new content partners and instructional videos that courseware creators might use in the fall.

From English language learning to career training to the physics of popping a wheelie, our newly added content covers quite a lot of ground. Check out the previews of five videos below, all new to Boclips’ platform this month.

Topics: Video Content Partners
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Do Current Events Belong in Core Curriculum?

By Rachel Peachey on Jul 21, 2022 12:02:07 PM

Photo by Utsav Srestha. Photo description: Close-up of a stack of newspapers.

When presented with the question above, any educator may answer with something like “In theory, yes, current events belong in the core curriculum.” In practice, educators and curriculum designers may wrestle with the decision. What if the news is too controversial? What if the news changes within hours? How would instructional content be sourced so that it’s appropriate and age-appropriate for multiple grades?

Despite some drawbacks, including current events in courseware can bring many benefits to students. What’s more, with the right approach, adding current events can enhance curriculums to build context around course content and care for students in a holistic way.. 

Read on to discover the benefits of studying current events and historical news reports. Plus, we’ll include some tips on how to include journalism in courseware in a way that meets standards, boosts student achievement, and more:

Topics: Issues in Education Teaching Methodologies Tips for Using Video Video in Digital Learning
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New Content Roundup: June 2022

By Boclips on Jul 7, 2022 8:30:00 AM

While Boclips’ Content team recovered from a month of conferences (hello, VidCon, ISTE, and NCSC!) and prepared for a long Fourth of July weekend, we also managed to add videos and podcasts from our favorite new and old content partners.

For a look at some of the new-to-Boclips content from June 2022, check out the video clips below.

Topics: Video Content Partners
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Best Practices to Support Multimodal Learning: 5 Tips to Follow

By Rachel Peachey on Jun 30, 2022 8:30:00 AM

Photo by Robo Wunderkind: Flat-lay photograph of brightly colored toys on a white tabletop, and a child's hands touching an iPad.

Multimodal learning engages learners, makes learning more effective, and also improves accessibility. Any educator would be glad to offer these advantages to their students. But, incorporating multimodal learning into courseware or making use of it in the classroom isn’t always straightforward. There are many possible ways to use multimodal learning, and not all of them guarantee the best outcomes. 

To help instructional designers and other education professionals, we’ve put together 5 tips to support multimodal learning when designing courses, curriculum materials, or planning for its use in the classroom: 

Topics: Video and Teaching Tools Teaching Methodologies Video in Digital Learning Multimodal Learning
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5 practical ways to leverage multimedia in courseware

By Rachel Peachey on Jun 17, 2022 11:38:28 AM

Description: A woman in a green turtleneck and glasses sits at a wooden table, smiling down at a colorful laptop.

As recently as twenty years ago, university and ongoing education courses relied on lectures and textbooks alone. Today’s students immerse themselves in course material through a wide range of multimedia resources and interactive courseware. 

A multimedia or multimodal approach to learning is not only more interesting for students but also brings learning benefits. Multimedia tools and resources can help bring abstract concepts to life, boost student motivation and interest, and introduce large amounts of information efficiently, among other advantages.

As a courseware or instructional designer, you naturally want to bring all of these benefits to your students. Here are five practical ways to create a multimodal environment in your courseware:

Topics: Video and Teaching Tools Teaching Methodologies Video in Digital Learning Multimodal Learning