PixiClip- A Great Tool for Creating Screencasts and Tutorials for Your Students June 27, 2014PixiClip is a great web-based interactive whiteboard with huge potential for educational uses. PixiClip allows you to easily record your screen and share it with others.It provides an online canvas on which you can type, narrate, draw, sketch, and upload images to mark-up. You can record the whole process of your work on the canvas accompanied with your voice. Some of the key features that make PixiClip stand out from the rest are: Here is how you can use PixiClip to create a tutorial : 1- Click on "create a Pixiclip" 2- Click record as shown here 2- Use the tools to doodle on the canvas. 3- If you have an image in your computer that you want to mark up or write on, click on "upload image" button to upload it to your PixiClip canvas or drag and drop it there. 4- You can also add voice and video clips using the buttons below 5- When you finish creating your tutorial, you can save and share it with others.
iPads and iPhones for filmmaking - Learn about film Why use iPhones and iPads for filmmaking? If you own an iPhone, you’ve always got a small, easy-to-use camera in your pocket. It’s great for filming in situations where other cameras would attract too much attention. Video quality can be excellent, so they’re increasingly being used for news gathering and documentary work. People have even shot feature films with them. You can edit on them, though iMovie is a bit cramped on the phone screen. The larger iPad screen is better for editing, particularly with teams or groups. Both devices can shoot really good quality video in the right circumstances. Why doesn’t everybody film on them? You’ll get soft, ‘noisy’ images in low light, and flare when you shoot into the light. Which iPad or iPhone? Every iPad and iPhone since the 3GS and the iPad 2 can shoot video. The best value iPhone for filmmaking is the iPhone SE. Get plenty of memory: video takes up a lot of space, so 16Gb models will fill up quickly. Do I need 4K? Which accessories? Lenses Cases
A Good Free Web Tool to Create Classroom Posters June 9, 2014 After we have learned how to create a classroom poster using Google Draw, I am introducing you today to another awesome web tool which will enable you to design gorgeous classroom visuals. This tool is called Pixteller . I have been tinkering with it for awhile and found it really worth using. Pixteller is completely free to use. There are actually two ways to creat a poster using Pixteller: The first method is to build it from scratch . Click on "create" button Set the image height Select the background you want by choosing from solid colour, Liniar Gradient, Circular Gradient, and Texture. You can also upload a photo and use it as a background. Click on "text" and type in your text. Pixteller provides a gallery of different free icons to use on your poster. Click on "finish" and type in a title for your poster. Second Method The second way to create a poster is to use one of the pre-made themes provided by Pixteller.
Video Tutorials for Teachers on Using Augmented Reality App Aurasma July 3, 2014 Talking about augmented reality technology in teaching and learning the first thing that comes to mind is this wonderful app called Aurasma. Since its release a few years ago, Aurasma gained so much in popularity and several teachers have already embraced it within their classrooms. For those of you who are not yet familiar with how Aurasma works and how to use in it in your class, the video tutorials below will help you out. Aurasma is an augmented reality app that’s changing the way millions of people see and interact with the world. Bring tagged images, objects and even physical locations to life with interactive digital content, such as video, animations and 3D scenes ( called Auras). 1- Aurasma demo 2- Aurasma iPad App tutorial 3- How to create and publish and Aura 4- How to create and view a location based aura 5- Creating and using 3D models 6- Teaching with Aurasma 7- Example of how Shaw Primary school uses Aurasma
Good Web Tools to Create Educational Games for Your Class May 1, 2014 In today's post, I am sharing with you some great web tools that you can use with your students in class to create games. You can integrate these tools in different learning tasks. You can, for instance, use them for end of school year review projects or as a way to boost the textbook activities. 1- Purpose Games Purpose Games allows you to create, play and share games. Using Purpose Games you will be able to create your own custom games to use with your students. 2- Scratch With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Watch this video to learn more about Scratch 3- Jeopardy Labs JeopardyLabs allows you to create a customized jeopardy template without PowerPoint. 4- Game Maker Studio GameMaker: Studio caters to entry-level novices and seasoned game development professionals equally, allowing them to create cross-platform games in record time and at a fraction of the cost!
A Step-by-Step Guide To Hosting or Joining a Twitter Chat A few months ago we started up a new Twitter chat series, #Bufferchat. So far, we’ve talked about everything from productivity to social media monitoring and lots of other topics in between. These days, we have up to 185 participants each week, sending out nearly 2,000 tweets. It’s a true delight! Along the way, I’ve been learning the ins and outs of operating a Twitter chat and testing new tools and ideas to optimize our chat even further. It’s amazing how much there is to know, both for the chat host and the chat participants! Whether you’re a Twitter pro or newer to the network, whether you plan to host your own chat or if you look forward to participating in others, a bit of advance preparation could help. Twitter chat basics What is a Twitter chat? A Twitter chat is where a group of Twitter users meet at a pre-determined time to discuss a certain topic, using a designated hashtag (#) for each tweet contributed. Why participate in a Twitter chat? How to find a Twitter chat Tweetchat Nurph
Excellent Rubric for Using Digital Portfolios in Class December 22, 2014 Planning to integrate digital portfolios in your instruction? This list of tools is a good place to start with. It contains some useful web applications that you and your students can use to easily create e-portfolios. Using e-portfolios with your students has several educational pluses that include:
A Good Tool to Annotate and Create Interactive Videos for Your Class July 23, 2014 ThingLink is one of my favourite web tools for creating interactive images.If you have never used ThingLink before then here is a step by step guide I posted earlier to outlining the entire procedure to create your first interactive visual that can embed videos, maps, text and links. ThingLink has also released a new feature called ThingLink for Video. This new feature is still in beta phase but you can request an early access to try it. ThingLink video allows you to easily add interactive elements to public videos on YouTube. This is a great way to add rich layers of information and resources to videos you share with students.
Great Tools to Create Classroom Multimedia Magazines and Books May 28, 2014 Web 2.0 technologies have radically transformed the education landscape, shifting the concept of agency from the teacher and placing it in students hands. Leaners now are empowered with a variety of tools to connect, create, share, collaborate, and negotiate meaning making processes in ways never available before. Instead of merely consuming what others have produced, learners actively take part in the production of new insights and through the affordances of new technologies they can collaborate and crowdsource support on a global scale. These new venues of learning have opened new communicational channels for students to use to access a larger audience. Their voice can now have a wider reach. There are some useful web tools that you can use with your students to create a classroom magazine or books and the titles below are the ones I would recommend the most. 1- iBooks Author 2- Glogster Edu
App Kickstart Guides from Google Play for Education Kickstart Guides are designed to build your Android app-titude for specific apps in Google Play for Education, by getting you up and running in as little as 15 minutes with videos, best practices, and much more. More info about kickstart guides, including who they are for and how they might be used. Please let us know if you have any feedback. Get the app. Book Creator The simple way to create your own beautiful ebooks, right on your tablet. ClassDojo Simple, free, and easy classroom management! Comic Strip It! Comic Strip It!