Social Media Tools in the Classroom

Social Media Tools in the Classroom

This is an  analysis on the merits of having social media permitted in the classroom. Various kinds of social media allow students to be creative and keep them engaged. Many teachers and administrators worry about their lack of experience and possible misuse in the classroom. However, this report will explain how social media can be an asset rather than a failure in the classroom.


Comparison of Series and Parallel in DC Circuits

We will examine the Physics unit, Electricity and Magnetism, in which our laboratory will focus on Series and Parallel Circuits. This lesson follows the Baltimore County Public School indicator, CLG 5.2.2: The student will describe the sources and effects of electric and magnetic fields. The objective of this lesson is the following: Students will analyze series and parallel circuits in order to understand how they are different.

Yodio Presentation of DC Circuit Simulation


BCPS Intranet. Retrieved April 4, 2013, from

“About PHET” Retrieved April 2, 2013, from

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Introduction to Yodio

Shawn’s Yodio Screen Cast

This is the Screen Cast for the use of the tool Yodio, which features the explanation of how to use the simulation website, Phet. Yodio allowed me to take pictures with my own personal camera (although webcams are more appropriate) and download voice audios directly from my phone. I found that Yodio is an exceptional tool, especially when trying to help others navigate through a website, or even just for engagement purposes, such as the one that I presented towards the end. This particular Yodio application explains how to begin using a simulated DC circuit.


We will be reviewing the web tool, Yodio, which allows you to upload pictures and record your voice to help narrate a story to go with it.

As you can see, pictures can be uploaded, or you can use stock pictures found in the Yodio website. The audio that one may use to narrate with comes from either your MP3 files or by simply calling in the narration through the toll free number. I will show you the calling version today, and with the way that students use their cell phones, I believe that students may be more inclined to use this format.

This site allows you to have different kinds of accounts. They range from free to $34.99 per month. The cool thing about the paying accounts is that you can receive royalties for having people who visit and upload your files. However, today we will only be going through the complimentary account.

Set up your accounts.

Sign in with the information you used for setting up the account.

We will look at one I have already started called “Phet Website.”

Your main focus will be to download pictures that you want to show to tell a story through the tab that says “Image”, and then you will download narrations through another tab that says “Audio”.

All files can go into a file that you can create in the Yodio website. In this case, we will use pictures that were downloaded onto a file on my desktop of my computer, and then we will use voice narrations, which I have already called in at the toll free number at the top right corner. The great thing about calling in is that once you have created your account, the website will automatically download your voice into a file on the site.

Next, you press the Create Yodio tab and you will see “Create a standard blank Yodio and go to production system.”

Then, you will see a snapshot of a brief tutorial. Once you feel comfortable with how to proceed, click on “I’m ready to get started.”

The pictures and voice narrations can be dragged over to the appropriate spots on the right, rename the individual tracks of image and audio, and then you can add another track until you have finished.

Press “Publish Options” and you will be able to decide how to publish it. The main things to keep in mind are to mark it as Private and allow embedding. This way, you can decide who sees your work, unless you decide to share it with everyone, and even make a profit.

I think this would truly make a great website to use, especially when I assign group projects. The students could be shown how to use the website and then they could do a research project on, say, the difference between white dwarf stars, neutron stars, and black holes, for example. I believe that some students are technologically savvy, so they would feel better behind the scenes, while other students love to ham it up with their voices.

“We will start by going to the Phet website, Be sure that your computer is equipped with JAVA before proceeding.”

“Click on the “Play with sims” orange button, in the middle right.”

“As you can see, there are many different subjects that have simulations. Click on the Physics tab on the left-hand side.”

“Whether you’re a physics teacher or not, you can see that there are quite a few units of physics, including motion. Click on “Electricity, Magnets, and Circuits.” We are going to have fun making circuits!”

“Click on the top right sim called Circuit Construction Kit (DC Only). The DC is short for direct current, such as a battery, which simplifies the lab.”

“You can choose to download, run now, or just click on the picture. I will click on the picture.”

“Hey, I thought we were making a circuit! Where is everything? Oh yeah…I have to build it! All the equipment is on your right. You can just drag over different tools, and you get an unbelievable…”

“Fire! Quick, get the extinguisher!”

Or, no light at all! Why is there a dog in my circuit? Okay, who’s the wise guy?

“Finally, a complete circuit that shows light!”

References: “About PHET” Retrieved April 2, 2013, from

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