As I am working creating my how-to videos for my libraries, I have stumbled upon many screen capturing applications and sites. I have posted about them on this blog and I would like to add another one to ever-growing list.
Screeny is a MAC based application that works on your computer and allows you to capture not only the whole screen but smaller sections of it. Use the built-in camera or an external one to capture video and pictures at any size. This is also supported by the Cloud where you can upload the images or videos directly to your cloud account. It allows for easy compression of videos for uploading to the cloud. The application uses Quicktime and is always saved at the highest possible quality. You also have the option to capture audio as well, or add audio to your video.
This is a great app to help in your quest to create a more vibrant flipped classroom.
SCREENY iOS only $14.99
Reading with a child has been cited as being one of the most productive activities one can do to help build the child’s reading skills and comprehension, but also helps to improve their speech, and provides the opportunity for quality time. Many focus only the parent and child time, but what about grandparent and child time, aunt/uncle and child time, or maybe sibling time. Any time a child is reading with another person they are enhancing their skills with each book. But sometimes, the other reader is not in the same house as the child. Sometimes the reader is hundreds, maybe thousands miles away. What than? Reading over the phone loses some of the mass appeal to reading a book together. Well now you can see the face of the child you are reading with instantly.
Introducing Kindome Storytime a free app for the iPad. The Kindoma Storytime app “combines books and videochat to help children connect with their long-distance families,” (Kindoma.com). Kindoma Storytime combines the best of children’s learning and family communication. This is app not only works for long distance reading time, but also when you are with the child, since you will be able to discuss the book face-to-face. This app has become so popular that it won 2013 Editor’s Choice Award from Children’s Technology Review.
It is easy to get started too.
1) Download the app and register for an account to unlock books
2) Invite your family to connect to your account
3) Browse through the library and choose the book you wish to start with (the have popular titles as well as classics)
4) Call your family member and begin to video read the book together
While you have the call activated the book is synchronized on both iPads. Pointing to images or words on the page and viewable to the other party. This is perfect for developing the child’s vocabulary since you can highlight words as you read, and you can ask questions to images or sentences on the page.
Everyone is flipping out, but in a good way. The Flipped Classroom has become the latest craze in education and I for one am a huge fan. Now educators and focus more on practicing the materials taught and more guided research instead of spending entire class periods lecturing. Students love it too! Homework is no longer just read from the book, answer the questions or fill in the worksheet; now they watch a video answer questions or be prepared to discuss the next class period.
Science and Math classes are especially enjoying this model because it allows the teacher to show how to solve a problem or run an experiment and the student can view it as many times as needed until they understand the concept. Language Arts teachers love this too, because they can show how a book influences the movie version or show an interview with the author on why they choose this style of writing. History teachers, how great would it be to show video of the actual debate between Nixon and Kennedy?
But I am getting overly excited again (like I said I am a fan). My fellow educators have been asking me how to create this videos. I spoke once before about aTubecatcher, but I feel I need to mention a few others so that you don’t have to wait for post after post to learn about them. So here are some of the ones that I highly recommend for flipping your classroom. Most require you to download the program, but Quicktime for Mac based products should already be available to you and is easy to use. Remember once you create you video or screen shot you need to save/upload it somewhere. My school created a Wikispace, while other educators choose to use YouTube, SchoolTube, TeacherTube or the blog of their choice.
Have fun! Now go flip out!
Screen Shot Programs
Screen Recording Programs
I received an email today from Scholastic promoting a virtual field trip with best-selling author David Baldacci sponsored by The 39 Clues Reading Club. I am intrigued by this tour for several reasons:
1) David Baldacci is a great writer and I have had the opportunity to hear him speak and he is perfect for this
2) I have created a promotion for the series and this might be a great way to help add to this promotion by showing how the series links to history
3) This will be a great resource for anyone interested in learning about secrets from the past
This virtual tour titled DECODING HISTORY is taking readers, fans and viewers on a tour of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, where they will hear from top museum curators, get behind the scenes access, and learn about America’s history in a whole new light.
The tour takes place on March 5 at 1 pm est 10 am pst. http://decodinghistory.scholastic.com/
So you decided to make a video for your class. Good for you. But now how do you go about doing it? Do you make a video using flip camera, your lap top or desktop, your personal device? There are many ways to do this, and we will discuss this later with some new posts focusing on video making websites and apps, but for now lets focus on how to enhance your video.
Unless you are musically inclined, the soundtrack to your video might be what ever background nose is going on during recording. Music can change the attitude of the video. A wistful tune will allow the viewer to know that the video is for entertainment. While a more monotone tune signals that video is more serious in nature (good for lectures). Here are some links to use if you choose to add some music to your next video.
MusicShake.com ( http://eng.musicshake.com/) Create copyright free music. Can access from website or download the app.
FreeMusicArchive.org ( http://freemusicarchive.org/ ) and RoyaltyFreeMusic.com (http://www.royaltyfreemusic.com/) are fun sites for free Creative Commons music. Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation that is dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the works of others, that are consistent with copyright rules. Please be aware that RoyaltyFreeMusic is not free.
Soundbible.com ( http://soundbible.com/ ) and FreeSound.org ( http://www.freesound.org/ ) have free sound effects to download.