Want to make a Perfect Video?

At FETC last week one of the APPs I hoarded on to my iPad from a Kathy Schrock workshop was Perfect Video. This super cool, super easy, and amazingly free APP allows users to create fun videos. You can add pictures, videos, and text. It is so easy and simple I created our Morning News video this week on the APP while riding on a bus coming home from a 3 day field trip to St Augustine.
See it here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5yiOCtgzynk

To add pictures and videos to your project, touch the film icon at the bottom of the page. Select the items you want. You can go back at anytime to add more. To arrange the pictures in your desired order, touch the 9 square box icon on the lower right side of the screen.. There you can touch and drag the pictures to your required order.

The APP adds transitions in to the movies automatically, you can change the transitions by clicking on the transition block between the content. You can also change the timing of transitions with that option as well.

Adding text to the pictures is simple. Touch the T at the bottom of the screen. This will add a text page. Type your message there. If you need to move the text page, touch the 9square icon and drag the text to the correct place.

You can also add music to the background of the movie by clicking on the music note at the bottom of the page. You can choose from loaded songs or your own music library. You can drag the music on the working page to stretch it or end it. You can also record your own narration by clicking the microphone at the bottom of the page.

To see your project, touch the blue arrow in the top right hand side. When all is good, touch the share icon (the up arrow) on the top right and determine where you want your work to go.

The free version has been a great tool for me so far. I’m sure I will find limitations and may need to upgrade. If it continues to be a good resource,my will gladly pay!
Here are a few more I have made:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EmL4YNQ9cqc

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=G6xkJcZcRo4

So how to use this in the classroom…
-field trip reports
-book characters meet each other
-science steps in an experiment
-counting money and showing value
-sharing class work
-country or state reports
-foreign language practice
-end of year slideshow to send to parents
-end of unit reports
-how to movies
-sports lessons

I know there are more…what other ways can you think of? Share in the comments below!

Planbook

Greetings from Orlando where I am getting ready for FETC2015! I wil.  be sharing 2 poster sessions and 1 Aspire session. You can find my schedule here.

Today, I am going to share with you a powerful planning tool called planbook.com.

You can get 6 months free by using my code free6con .

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So what is so unique and inspiring about this particular tool?

  • It is easy to use.
  • It is changeable to meet your needs.
  • It allows you to import other teachers plans, or export your plans to others.
  • You can share your planbook with parents and students.
  • Standards, including Common Core, State, and National standards are already loaded and easy to add to your plans. (If you have standards that are not included, planbook.com staff will help you add them to the system.)
  • It is thoughtfully organized for ease of use.
  • Planbook.com staff have created a youtube channel with how to videos on youtube that show you step-by-step how to set up, create classes, write lessons,  share, and add standards.
  • It is both web-based and APP- based.

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Our school is a Jewish school with English teacher, Hebrew teachers, Judaic Studies teachers, PE, Music, Art, and Technology teachers, ESOL push in/pull out teachers, and Learning Center staff. Our entire staff needs the opportunity to plan together to build a cooperative learning environment. In order to share plans across the staff and with administrators, we began using the planbook.com tool. I can access teachers lesson plans in grades K-5 to see what they are teaching and build my technology plans around their content instruction. This also allows our push-in teachers to see what is going on in the classrooms and what their small group will be covering so they can be prepared for instructional support. To set this type of account up, planbook.com created dual accounts for all of our teachers/staff.

My planbook is always moving and changing to meet the needs of our schedule. You can view my planbook with this link.

Planbook is very affordable, $11 a school year! You can get a free 6 month subscription by using my code: free6con . If a school wants to set up a planbook account, contact the team for pricing by emailing support@planbook.com.

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ROBOTS!!

We have added to robots our technology collection! After searching and reading about all types of robots I finally decided to go with the Wonder Workshop robot kit. These robots were created by a group who wanted students to explore, try, fail, and try again. I love finding people passionate about technology and education (like Wonder and OSMO) and will gladly be a funder for these programs. I was an early backer and purchased the Wonder Kit a few months ago, and waited not so patiently before they were actually produced. They arrived last month during winter break and I just opened them last Monday. I still haven’t played with all of the APPs and accessories, but so far I am thrilled. As this is a new venture, they do not have lesson plans and curriculum published yet, but they are working on this. You can visit the teacher page and join the teacher forum to be updated with information. 

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The APPs- https://www.makewonder.com/apps/

Dot and Dash are easy for the kids to manipulate with Go APP. I have downloaded but not completely figured out the Path, Xylo, and Blockly APPs…but no worries I am sure my students will figure it out much better than I will. Go, Path, and Xylo are recommended for ages 5 and up, Blockly is recommended age 8 and up.

From Wonder Workshop:

Go shows you the basic controls on Dash & Dot. This app is a portal to online content and activities.

Path introduces children to sequences, events, and sensors through its simple draw, drag, and drop interface. Plan, program, and execute an adventure for Dash while learning fundamental concepts of computational thinking.

Xylo introduces children to programming through music and play. Start off by composing a musical phrase, and learn the following concepts while Dash performs:

  • Algorithm design
  • Command sequences and control flow
  • Loops

Blockly is a drag-and-drop visual programming tool that introduces children as young as 8 to fundamental programming concepts including:

  • Algorithm Design
  • Command Sequences and Control Flow
  • Conditionals
  • Loops
  • Sensors and Events through creative problem solving.

So how would you use this in the classroom?
I will be using the robots and OSMO during a center time with K-3 in which they will explore the different APPs and games. As these are new tools for me, I haven’t thought ahead other than the play with it and see what you can make it do. Obviously, coding will be introduced or revisited with the robots depending on the APP we use. Wonder workshop has some cute ideas for playing on their website, check it out!

Read more about Dot and Dash!
Kid Tech News review
Entrepreneur review

Ideas? Thoughts? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

Thinglink

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Web-based and APP-based Thinglink is a cool tech tool that allows users to create a presentation with pictures, videos (self-made or youtube based), and text. It is an easy to learn tool and I can see lots of uses in the classroom. The hardest thing about it is saying and typing the name.

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How To

1. Create an account (the APP will take you through a how to and give you examples to see).

2. At the top of the page click the plus sign.

3. Decide where your picture is and upload it to the site. You now have a background for your interactive poster.

4. Click anywhere on the image to tag and begin adding content. You can add text, videos, or pictures. In the web version, you have to add links to pictures whereas on the APP I could add the pictures…something to think about.

5. When you finish, save your work (you can always go back and edit later.)

6. Share your work through social media,email, or with a link.

Want to see my Thinglink I made about my most wonderful, awesome, and supportive mom?

So how to use this tool in the classroom…

Social Studies- upload a map of an important place in history and students add links to photos, videos, and add text to explain what happened there and describe the importance.

Math- upload a set a numbers then have students link text, photos, or videos of them using those numbers in a math problem.

Science- have students explain what they have learned about life cycles or habitats through thinglink.

Reading- upload a photo of a word, like character, plot, theme, etc. Students can add the information from their personal books to a class thinglink.

Hebrew/foreign language- students can upload videos of them using specific words in conversation or create a verb conjugation thinglink.

The options are only limited by you. Give this tool to students at the beginning of the year and have them make an all about me to introduce themselves to the class. One teacher in my school is using thinglink as a review for midterm exams…so many options so little time!

Have another idea or a tool that can do awesome stuff and want to share? Please leave it in the comments section!