Screencasting 101 for Chromebooks
We had a very enthusiastic individual suggest the need for some screen-casting tools that might help the general population. Platform will be a concern here. Not all tools that work for the Politically Correct (PC) and Fruit Brand (Apple) will work on a Chromebook and thus, here we have it: some tools that you may want to test out on that new Chromebook (also works on a chrome browser).
A little note about Chrome apps. IT does not have to come out and install them. Log into your Google account on a Chrome browser, search the webstore and: Viola! If this does not make sense the next part of this post will outline the process.
Movenote is great for creating a voice-over for a presentation. This app is installed directly on your Chrome browser and allows for a tight integration with Google Drive. You have an option to upload presentations directly from your computer or Google Drive.
Students with Chromebooks can leverage this tool to create their own flipped lessons. Explaining is an area of emphasis with common core and this tool is great for accomplishing that goal.
Click on the image to the left and you will be redirected to the download page. Click install and you are ready to start creating great content.
Google Hangout is general used to hang out with your friends or working collaboratively with your coworkers. It also has application for the flipped class. All you do is set up a Google Hangout, but don't invite any participants. From there, simply hit record. Google Hangout allows you to share your screen and present what is on your desktop. The recording will include your screen cast as well as an image of yourself in the bottom of the screen and your voice as you present. It is a great device agnostic solution to screen casting!
Create, Collaborate, Produce, Publish
Increasingly videos are the communication medium of choice. Newspapers have video clips to tell their stories, colleges require personal video essays from applicants, and teachers are creating videos to support instruction. Knowing how to create compelling stories and tell them via video are are essential skills for our students.
When students create videos, they become engaged with the task at hand and tend to think deeply about what they are communicating - whether they are creating a book report, a public service announcement, or informing others about an issue important to them.
In this month's blog, we are highlighting three easy-to-use movie-editing tools that you and your students can master.
WeVideo is a great choice if you need a program on which you can edit on any device because it lives online in the Cloud.
WeVideo is free...up to a point. When you sign in for your account you will get 5120 MB for FREE and the ability to share your videos online. If you want to be able to download your videos, or you want more space, you can upgrade for a small charge.
Animoto is another good online movie making tool. You can easily create a beautiful, engaging video to share online. Again, the lite version is free and limited, but for $5 a month you can upgrade. We usually don't advocate for an application that takes money out of your pocket, but this one is worth a look
If you want a robust, easy-to-use video editor, you can't beat iMovie. The limitation here is that you have to use a MAC device to use it. So, if you have an iPad or a Mac laptop, you are all set. If you don't, you can stop reading here.
iMovie comes loaded for FREE on all Mac devices today. (Note: The key word here is "today." If you have an iPad 2 or 3, this will not apply to you and the program has a small charge.)
New DIGICOM Website Launches!
DIGICOM is dedicated to helping teachers and students in PSUSD develop their video production skills. We hope you will take the DIGICOM Challenge and create a movie to submit to the DIGICOM Film Festival this year! This year's theme is LIVE AND LEARN!
Visit the new DIGICOM website at www.digicomfilmfestival.com.
The submission deadline for the DIGICOM Film Festival is Monday, March 31, 2014.
The DIGICOM Film Festival will be Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 - 8:30 at Palm Springs High School Auditorium. The Film Festival is FREE and open to the public.
Sometimes we just wanna have fun.
It is Halloween and we have some fun apps to take a look at. These might not be your daily used apps but they definitely have a purpose in the classroom. Take a day or two to try these in your classroom and have some fun.
This app allows students to create a 30 second video out of any image or self portrait. The students can choose the location of the eyes and mouth where they want them animated. After the image is set, students can voice over the images, and they look as if they are speaking.
Use this app to have students explain their thinking or impersonate an expert. Best of all this app is just a fun way to get the students motivated. Enjoy!
This Web 2.0 tool allows you to animate any photo so it appears to speak. Just specify where the lips or the jaw is located and add your recording. Then record your speech and create.
Teachers can use this tool to assign homework or make comments on their webpage. Students can use it publish their writing, make speeches from first person perspective, or practice reading aloud. It is a useful tool for everyone!
Common Core Connection
Have students verbalize their thought process with one of these apps. Explain the process and have Sir Isaac Newton explain his contributions to science and math. Or perhaps Abraham Lincoln tells his story and his position on slavery. What a great way to meat CCSS.ELA W 6 (Use technology to publish writing)!