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Use Zaption to Enhance Video Content

This is reblogged from my post on FreeTech4Teachers.

Video has become a more ubiquitous element in education today: YouTubeVideos, Kahn Academy, Flipped Content, iTunes U, and more. However, most teachers don’t want their students passively absorbing content. Rather, they want to make sure that students are engaged with the material. A great tool for incorporating more responsive features in your lessons is Zaption, which you can use to create interactive videos via a web browser or their free iOS App.

Take the Zaption Tour to see what’s possible.

Screen Shot 2015-03-29 at 1.55.49 PMWhile Zaption does offer a robust, subscription model, the free tool will allow teachers to do a lot with both existing videos as well as those they create. After you sign up for an account, select “New Tour” on the top left of your screen. This will open the editing screen. The great thing about Zaption is that everything is drag and drop. So if you’re a bit lost, just try clicking and dragging something! If you want to add video, you can search for content online (YouTube, Vimeo, PBS, Nat Geo, etc), the Zaption library, or upload your own videos…

Read the rest of the article here: Use Zaption to Enhance Video Content.

Rent eBooks, Audiobooks, and Videos for FREE from your local Library

The is reblogged from my post on Freetech4teacher

I spend way too much money on books! This year, I made a concerted effort to get more books from the library to help my budget. On my first visit to a local library, I learned that they used Overdrive to rent eBooks and audiobooks! So now, I can check out eBooks and audiobooks from home and read them on my iPad! Overdrive allows you to rent eBooks, Audiobooks, and even video straight from your local library! There are no fees associated with this service. All you need is a library card!

To see if you library partners with Overdrive, simply make a quick search on their site. You can then create an Overdrive account using your library card. Download the App onto your Computer, iOS, or Android device and you’re ready to start checking out material! The nice thing about an Overdrive account is that you can sync your content across devices! Never lose your spot on your eBook or Audiobook! When your rental expires, it automatically goes back to the library, so no late fees!

For more app ideas, EdTechTeacher has great recommendations for reading audiobooks. You can also learn more at their November 13-14 iPad Summit in Boston where I will be a featured presenter.

The New Adobe Voice: Digital Storytelling With Style!

I can’t wait to check this out! I love having my students make documentaries, as I highlighted in my post “Student Documentaries in history class.”

Jonathan Wylie

Adobe launched a new free iPad app today called Adobe Voice, and it has great potential for the classroom due to the way that it lets you effortlessly create digital stories, explanations, or stylish presentations by adding your voice to a variety of images.

adobe voice screenshot

Adobe Voice has several great features for teachers who may be wanting to use this in their classroom. For instance, Adobe has included a wide variety of searchable images and icons that students can use in their projects. This saves having to worry about finding images online because they are all there inside the app. Better still, as model of good digital citizenship, they are all cited correctly as sources in the credits.

When you first create a project, you get prompted to choose the type of story you want to tell. Why would this matter? The app gives prompts at each step of the way…

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Flipping your Professional Development

This past weekend, I had the privilege of being an invited guest of Dr. Will Deyamport on his weekly podcasts, “The Dr. Will Show.” The subject of the conversation was flipping your professional development. I recently wrote an article, “Flip your PD for Greater Flexibility and Support.” Our conversation was excellent – we discussed the role that flipped pd plays in training faculty and supporting them in their professional development. You can see the full video below:

I also encourage you to check out Will’s blog for more resources on educational technology.

Flipped Professional Development

The last session for the day I am attending is the Flipped Professional Development by Ryan Eash of TechSmith. You can check out his slides here.

He shared with us a brief video, highlighting a Flipped Professional Development Model:

It discusses the issue that is prevalent in Ed Tech PD – that people are on very different levels and scales. This format (the flipped model) allowed for multiple EdTech teachers to accommodate different needs and levels. It was a popular method among the faculty as it allowed for greater flexibility and leveling.

In order to make a model like this work, you need to have enough instructional technology administrators to effectively provide support for your full staff.

VIa brookscl and Flickr

Via brookscl and Flickr

We talk about the good and bad of professional development practices: not having a supportive infrastructure and lack of directionality (how do I put this in my classroom?) led to the worst experiences, the best were hands on and building lessons.

“What is the best use of classroom time with your students?” – Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams

Conversely, what is the best use of your teacher’s time? Ryan highlights these key elements for effective PD:

  • Focus on classroom application
  • Choices
  • Utilize “experts” in your buildings
  • Move at your own pace
  • Learn by doing
  • Ongoing support and help from peers

“So what does Flipped Professional Development look like at your school?” This element requires a lot of consideration: how much time will people need to complete it? How do you get individuals to participate? Is it a multiple application process?

“How does video help with PD?”

  • Create videos for teachers to watch ahead of time, use PD to learn by doing
  • Use video to provide follow-up resources to answer questions or share more ideas.
  • Provide a video of information & share Google Doc for collaboration
  • Flip your staff meetings!

He next moved to the demonstration using Snagit, a sophisticated screen capturing tool. It allows you to create really powerful still and video captures. If you want to learn more about Snagit, check out their tutorials page and/or this introductory video:

Ryan quickly showed us some of the basic features of Snagit, creating a video right in front of us. A feature I really like is that it readily integrates with Google Drive, Evernote, OneNote, YouTube, and Screencast.com. The Google Drive integration allows you to put it directly into a folder (e.g. a shared class folder) as well as providing you the URL to share.He also showed us Camtasia, which is far more robust and allows for advanced editing.

Another great possibility that Ryan suggest is using students to help teach concepts. If you would like to see it in action, check out TechSherpas.org and attend one of their weekly shows.

The Old Man and the Sea – Animated

Open Culture has just published a list of seventeen classic stories that have been turned into animated videos that are now available on the web. A few of the items in the list I had seen before, these Shel Silverstein stories for example, but others were new to me…

The Old Man and the Sea – Animated.