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Lights, Camera . . . Engagement! Three Great Tools for Classroom Video

Lights, Camera . . . Engagement! Three Great Tools for Classroom Video
How many times have you thought to yourself, "In what way can I spice up this unit and make it student-centered?" One great way is to let your students be creative using video. With all the tools and technology available, making videos is easier than ever for you and your students. Recently at the annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference, Becky Ellis, Greg Kulowiec and I presented three different ways you can use video with your students in the classroom. Below is the slide show we used to introduce these tools: There are plenty of ideas and resources available through the links we shared. 1. Step A: Sign Up Animoto is an easy-to-use website where you and your students can create 30-second videos for free. Step B: Try It Yourself, Then Show Your Students The great thing about Animoto is that all you have to do is follow the easy steps they provide. Step C: Share with Your Classes Students really enjoyed watching and presenting their videos. 2. Shoot the video. Step A Related:  robertpjamesVideo & Photo

The Top 10 Digital Learning Apps Teachers Can Actually Use (By a Teacher Who Actually Uses Them). 2012 has been an amazing year for my growth as a professional. The main catalyst of this growth was when I started engaging with like-minded educationalists around the world on Twitter in January of this year. In particular, I learnt about new methodologies like brain-based learning, flipping the classroom and a variety of technology-based teaching aids. The area I explored most fervently was the bewildering array of educational software and apps for learning. Keep in mind that these are applications I have actually used, and my analysis is based on my own experience in applying these in my own classroom context. Ready? 1. Edmodo is a safe and secure social networking platform for students, teachers and parents. But the best thing about Edmodo is the ability it gives you to create and award badges to students for doing great things. 2. I like Pinterest mainly for how effortlessly I can create of boards and add pins even on an iPad. 3. 4. 5. Goodwill Community Foundation. 1. 2. 3. 5. 6.

Video Creation This page is designed to introduce and show you how to use various free video creation resources. The process of creating and publishing videos can be a great way to get students excited about researching, storytelling, and sharing their work with an audience. For teachers who have never facilitated video creation projects in their classrooms, choosing the right style of video and the right tools can be a bit confusing at first. To help bring clarity to the styles and tools, I have a rather simple outline that I use in my video creation workshops. That outline with suggested tools for creating videos in each style is included in the PDF embedded below. You can download the PDF here. The playlist embedded below demonstrates many of the tools featured in the PDF above. The playlist embedded below demonstrates how to create flipped video lessons. Click here to learn how to create choose your own adventure videos in YouTube. Shadow Puppet Edu makes it easy to create a video on an iPad.

A Perfect Match: PBS and Student Journalism Few academic courses cater to teaching 21st-century skills better than journalism. In the student newsroom, teens engage in reporting, writing, editing, video production, and live broadcasting. I speak from experience. For all of those reasons, I can’t overstate my support of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab, which “connects high school students to local PBS stations and news professionals in their community to produce original, student-generated video reports.” Last week at SXSWedu, I heard Managing Editor Leah Clapman, who directs the Lab, speak about what she and PBS are doing to help students produce high-quality journalism—and in so doing, also learn about problem solving, information gathering, information synthesizing, and teamwork, essential skills no matter what profession students ultimately pursue. Curious to learn more about the program, I reached out to Clapman. “Our goal is really not to encourage students to become broadcast journalists, per se,” she says.

Ed Blog» Blog Archive Using TED-Ed in an AP United States History Classroom « With billions of videos on YouTube at a teacher’s disposal, there are billions of ways a teacher could utilize TED-Ed in the classroom. Here is the story of one teacher, Anna Searcy. Anna has been teaching for nearly 15 years and has been at her current school, Northside College Preparatory High School in Chicago, since 2002. A classroom project: After studying the American Progressive movement, I wanted my students to explore the notion of current Progressive movements. I was encouraging students to explore the full spectrum of their own passions and beliefs, and I was also allowing students to work as individuals or in partnerships. Collaborating on TED-Ed: By creating a project that could exist in the cloud, my students explored their peers’ Lessons outside of a traditional face-to-face presentation and at their own pace. Student as Teacher: My students were already registered with Ted-Ed and were familiar with the format. One Student’s Reflection:

The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You The Wordle of this list! (Click image to enlarge) One of the most popular posts on Edudemic in 2010 was The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You and I felt it might be time for an update to that list for 2011. In order to put together a list of the best Web 2.0 classroom tools, I polled my Twitter followers, Facebook fans (are they still called fans? There were more than 900 submissions but many were duplicates. How to flip the classroom | Flipped Institute Flipping is easy – and with a little thought and planning, teachers can use the flipped model to create engaging learning experiences for their students. This section covers the nuts and bolts of flipping – from creating videos, to introducing the flipped concept, to practical ideas for using class time differently. What are teachers saying? As an English teacher, I have several teaching concepts going at once, so flipping works well for me. The flipped classroom is about making sure that the "voice" most often heard in the classroom is that of the student, not the teacher.

Video Projects | Richard Byrne Presents Click here for five video projects that you can try today. 1. Create a short video using Animoto, YouTube slideshow, or 30hands iPad app. This video could be used to introduce a new topic, create a book trailer, or introduce yourself to the class. 2. 3. 4. *Planning the student video project. -How much time can you allot to this project? *Assessing the student video project: pre-production. *Assessing the student video project: post-production. Animoto makes it possible to quickly create a video using still images, music, and text. WeVideo is a collaborative online video creation tool. Creaza Education (www.creazaeducation.com)—not to be confused with a similar commercial product called Creaza—is a suite of tools that I started using this summer. Loopster is a free video editing tool that is more complex than Animoto, but not as full featured as WeVideo or Creaza Education. Wideo is a service that allows anyone to create animated videos and Common Craft-stylevideos online.

Getting Kids Engaged with Primary Sources | Cool Tools I vividly remember being disappointed during my first year of teaching: my students weren’t nearly as excited about primary source documents as I was. Primary source documents, as you know, offer readers a unique, real-world perspective, and I thought my kids would love delving into them. I soon learned that my disappointing results weren’t due to the documents that I’d selected, but rather how I was having students use them. That first year, they weren’t doing anything but reading them. Today, Web-based tools enable students to discover more primary sources than ever before and engage them in dynamic ways. The following items are some of my favorites. The U.S. A related resource, National Archives Docs Teach offers seven free tools that educators can use to create interactive learning activities based on any primary source in the National Archives. The World Digital Library is a database of more than 7,000 primary source documents and images from around the world.

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