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Know the News Home | Login/Register RSS / Podcasts Close Home > Get Involved > For Educators > Know the News > Remix the News News Challenge Remixer Menu Watch and Rate Tools and Resources for Remarkable Explanations Sometimes, words are not enough. To grab an audience’s attention and make an explanation remarkable, explainers need ways to stand-out, to be interesting. Thankfully there are a growing number of resources that can help explainers turn their ideas into experiences that captivate audiences. I've listed a few below. While you're thinking about these resources, consider this... Dan Roam is known for a series of books that focus on the use of simple drawings to understand and solve problems. Nancy Duarte and her company, Duarte Design, is known around the world for designing amazing and effective presentations. Design is one of Duarte’s core skills and the company recently created a new "visualization system" that gives anyone the ability to browse, purchase and download awesome looking graphs and diagrams for US$0.99 a piece. The big idea of Powtoon is to make the process of making animated videos so simple that anyone can create one for use in meetings, presentations, websites, etc.

Trading Card Creator The Trading Card tool gives students an alternative way to demonstrate their literacy knowledge and skill when writing about popular culture texts or real world examples. This interactive allows students to create their own trading card about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or abstract concept. These cards are can be used with any type of book students are reading or subjects that they are studying, and make for an excellent prewriting exercise for students who are writing narrative stories and need to consider characters, setting, and plot. Specific prompts guide student through the various types of cards, expanding students' thinking from the basic information and description of the topic to making personal connections to the subject. The save capability gives students a way to work on a draft of their card and come back to it to rework and revise as necessary, and to save their finished product to share with friends and family. back to top

Create Cool Things on Creaza Education Creaza Education is a great suite of tools that I've shared in many of my workshops, but I've never written a blog post about it until now. Creaza Education offers four useful tools to teachers and students. Those tools are a video editor, an audio editor, a cartoon creator, and an excellent mind map builder. To access all of these tools create an account on Creaza Education then select "tools" after you sign in. Creaza Education's movie editor is similar in layout to WeVideo and Pixorial. Creaza Education's mind mapping tool is actually an installation of Mindomo. The Creaza Education audio editor is not as laden with features as Aviary's now closed Myna tool was, but it is still a good option for recording and mixing audio tracks. Caroonist is Creaza Education's cartoon creation tool.

WeVideo Available anywhere, any time, across your devices WeVideo makes video creation accessible to everyone, using cloud-based technologies to make it easier, faster and more convenient. Because it's cloud-based, we make social video editing possible, where people come together online to collaborate on a video project. Choose the interface that's best for you WeVideo has three levels of interface, to grow with you as your video editing experience grows. Transform ordinary video into something extraordinary and beautiful Themes take the complexity out of video editing. The fastest and easiest way to create videos If you're new to video editing, the WeVideo Storyboard mode provides an easy, visual way to assemble videos with drag-and-drop simplicity. Video, graphics, audio and voiceover tracks If you have a basic understanding of video editing, WeVideo has a timeline-based editor, which provides more control, and options such as custom transitions, graphics and text.

Presentations ETC Homepage Use these free backgrounds, templates, letters, frames, and buttons for school presentations, websites, class newsletters, digital scrapbooking, and student portfolios. Thousands of presentation elements and millions of combinations allow you to customize your school projects, electronic scrapbook, or eportfolio. A friendly license allows teachers and students to use up to 50 items in a single, non-commercial project without further permission. Select from over 20,000 background slides for your next presentation. Extras Select from over 30,000 extras to include in your next presentation. Themes and templates

Student Reporting Labs Curriculum | PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Here at PBS NewsHour, we believe that journalism and storytelling are “killer apps” that use the best practices of project-based learning to build engaged and digitally-literate young citizens. The PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program supports teachers and young people to report on important issues in their community, creating impactful video reports for the national NewsHour audience. Along with technical instruction on the use of cameras and editing equipment, this program also includes a meaningful focus on understanding the role of journalism in society and developing broader communication skills, including listening, asking questions, public speaking, and finding, analyzing and evaluating the quality of information. Our curriculum was developed with our partners at the Media Education Lab of Temple University as well as media professionals and high school teachers. Unit Resources: The curriculm, which can be downloaded in its entirety below, is divided into three units:

Three Free Tools for Creating Stopmotion and Timelapse Videos Creating stopmotion and timelapse videos can be a good way for students to tell a story that they have developed. Stopmtion and timelapse videos can also be helpful when teachers are trying to help students see how a lengthy process like osmosis works. While good stopmotion and timelapse videos can take a long time to create, there are some tools that can make the process a little easier. Here are three stopmtion video creation tools that are worth trying. JellyCam is a free program for creating stopmotion movies. Stop Frame Animator from Culture Street is a neat tool for creating animated stop motion movies. OSnap is an iPad app (available in a free version and in a paid version) that you can use to create stop motion and time lapse videos. A note about Sam Animation.

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Adobe Voice - Show Your Story Easily Creating Explainer Videos - TechNotes Blog - TCEA Add MySimpleShow to your list of amazing resources for creating short but powerful videos for the classroom or professional learning. Having students (or teachers in professional development learning opportunities) create short videos that explain a key concept can be very powerful in terms of content mastery and retention. Unfortunately, it’s very easy to get lost in the video creation process with much less time and thought spent on the learning being showcased. MySimpleShow can change that. What is MySimpleShow? MySimpleShow is a free website that builds a simple slideshow of three minutes or less for you. The video is done primarily in black and white with hundreds of simple cartoon-ish illustrations provided. The finished product will have audio narration and some light background music, and your images will be timed exactly to the script, brought onto the screen by a pair of hands. There are several examples available on their website. How can MySimpleShow be used? Related comments

Moviemaker Is Dead; Long Live Story Remix - TechNotes Blog - TCEA Still miss Moviemaker on your Windows computer? Let it go and embrace Windows Story Remix, which takes cross-platform movie design to another level! indows 10 embraces its movie-making roots, bringing storytelling to life with a new app Windows Story Remix that takes the place of the old favorite Moviemaker. Although not due out until later this year, Windows Story Remix boasts some features that should get educators excited. Let’s do a quick review of three exciting features. Feature #1: Cloud-Based Creativity The new program has students start online using the mobile device of their choice (Android, iOS, and Windows) and then save their work to the cloud. Feature #2: 3D Virtual Designs and Digital Ink With Paint 3D, a re-designed Paint program, students can create designs and then import those into Windows Story Remix. Feature #3: Add a Soundtrack Adding soundtracks to a video is easy with Windows Story Remix, allowing students to pull royalty-free content from a variety of places:

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