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Easily Turn a YouTube Clip into an Animated GIF Image. Pinterest Animated GIF images are so much fun, and can make it really easy to show students and teachers how to do things.

Easily Turn a YouTube Clip into an Animated GIF Image

This is an easy trick using a tool called GIFYT. Simply type the letters GIF after www., and before youtube, and you will be directed to the site to create our GIF. These GIFs can be up to 15 seconds long, and you can select the exact portion of the video you wish to use. See the example and steps below. Step 1: Using your browser, locate the video on YouTube that you wish to convert to an animated gif image.

Step 2: Type, “gif” between the “www.” and “youtube” portion of the URL (see below). How to Use YouTube's New Blurring Tool For Paranoid Uploaders. Edutopia. I'll admit I'm a bit biased here since I'm a filmmaker by trade, but I truly believe the process of planning and making videos can offer tremendous learning opportunities for students of almost any age.

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Not only is the idea of telling stories with video really engaging for many kids, filmmaking is ripe with opportunities to connect to almost every academic subject area. As the technology to shoot and edit films becomes more ubiquitous, where is a teacher with no experience in video production to begin? I've shared some resources below to help you and your students get started on making blockbusters of your own. Video Playlist: Student Filmmaking 101 Watch the player below to see the whole playlist, or view it on YouTube. 10 Tips for Beginner Filmmakers (10:37) Young filmmaker Simon Cade's channel, DSLRGuide, is one of the most popular for filmmaking tutorials. Snapdrop is a handy Web-based replacement for Apple's fiddly AirDrop file transfer tool. Anyone who’s used AirDrop knows it can be a bit fussy.

Snapdrop is a handy Web-based replacement for Apple's fiddly AirDrop file transfer tool

A new web-based option named Snapdrop might actually be a better choice. It works simply enough: open the Snapdrop Webpage on two devices while on the same network, then transfer files between the two with a few clicks. Discovery happens only when the Webpage is open on both devices; you don’t even need to have the same browser for each device (I tried it with Chrome and Safari on OS X and iOS). Once files are sent from one device to another, you can download or dismiss them easily. Downloaded files pop up in a new browser window, though it’s not clear if they’re temporarily hosted on Snapdrop’s server or not. It’s not the only AirDrop competitor, obviously, but is the only I’m aware of that lets you visit a webpage and transfer files without the need to create an account. If AirDrop has ever randomly failed you when you needed it most, Snapdrop is a handy bookmark to have. Enhance Newspaper Report writing with iPad.

3rd Grade Travel Booklet. They’re Not Paperweights: An iPad Program that Works. Simply buying iPads will not transform a classroom, as most educators know.

They’re Not Paperweights: An iPad Program that Works

But by understanding the devices’ capabilities and limitations, and learning from others’ efforts, teachers can introduce tablets to their students with expectations of meaningful impact. It has been four years since the Mineola Union Free School District implemented iPads 1:1 in two schools, helping us transform education by redefining the meaning of student growth. We have valuable experience to share, as we also continue to learn. The Nuts and Bolts Teachers can use iPads in the classroom in myriad ways. 1) iPads complement current instructional practices: Students use educational apps without supervision. 2) Students use iPads to complete existing tasks, with no functional change in the work they’re doing: Instead of pen and paper, students annotate assignments using a touch screen.

Teachers record feedback on student work with annotations and voice. Students work on projects in teams.

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Getting Creative with the Doink Green Screen App. I actually started writing this blog post back in April, and then the end of the school year took hold and I wasn't able to finish it.

Getting Creative with the Doink Green Screen App

Now that school is back in session, I thought it would be a good time to revisit the post. So for those of you that aren't familiar with green screen technology, I'll give you a brief overview of what it is. Basically, you videotape (or live record) your students with a green (or other solid colors can work too) background. Then you use an app or software to layer the image with other video or images, and it makes it look like the student is actually in the picture.

Think of the weatherman you see on T.V.; they use green screen technology to make it look like the map is behind them. When I first started creating green screen recordings, this is how I started off...simple. And then Doink updated the app. I soon realized that if I could get a green section into a picture or video, that I could use this app to create something really awesome.

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