March 2014

Tech Tidbit

Digital Media in the Classroom

Are you looking for a unique way to display classroom photos? Have you wanted to create a video lesson, but didn't know where to start? Or, are you tired of iMovie, and want a more collaborative and web-based video editing resource? If so, I encourage you to check out Animoto, Powtoons, and WeVideo!

Animoto:
Animoto.com, a free* web 2.0 resource that allows users to blend photos, video clips, text and music together to create one of a kind digital media. The templates, transitions, and audio options, make Animoto easy and fun to use! Completed media can be downloaded to your computer, embedded on a website, or exported to YouTube.

*Teachers can sign up for 6 month EDU accounts. When the 6 month period is over, simply reapply.

Powtoon:
Powtoon.com is a fun way to get yourself and your students creating fun videos and animations. This free web 2.0 resource can make anyone look like a professional video designer! The interface is extremely user-friendly and you will find the templates and animation options provide a neat way to present information. Finished videos can be downloaded, or exported to YouTube.
For more information, check out "Working with Powtoon in the Classroom"

WeVideo:
WeVideo can be found online at WeVideo.com or as a Chrome app. It is an online video editing resource, where users can create, communicate and collaborate! That's right, WeVideo is a collaborative resource! WeVideo allows users to invite others to work on the same video at once, and because it is connected to GoogleDrive, completed videos can be saved to YouTube or GoogleDrive!

Classroom Applications:
  • Slideshow documenting a field trip, guest speaker, or special event
  • Alternative to PowerPoint presentation
  • Project Based Learning
  • Reteaching videos that can be watched outside of school
  • Digital Storytelling