Think Different #25

Resources for the Week of April 24, 2017

Apple CLIPS, and awesome new app for video with captioning and more

Are you interested in using video with your students but don't know where to start? Recently Apple released a brand new app called Clips that has some very cool and very useful features.

In attempting to meet accessibility requirements, captioned video is necessary, and until now, captioning video has been time-consuming. Apple “Clips” finally puts dictation-style speech recognition to work in real time auto-captioning.

Apple Clips app allows users to build multi-segment video by stringing clips together. There are several options for effects and filter. It is clear that this Clips will have a place in the world of Snapchat and Instagram, but this is not a social platform, this is a content creation studio.

Users can export the video to their camera role, or directly to numerous apps. In the classroom, Clips can empower kids to make captioned video. Captioning video helps students really pay attention to what they are saying and how they are saying it. The creators of the video as well as the viewers have a more literacy-rich experience when working with captioned video.



A few more resources to help you use Clips in the Classroom

Apple's Clips app: a step-by-step guide

Add questions and interactivity to video with EDpuzzle

With EDpuzzle I can now crop any YouTube, Khan Academy, Learn Zillion, Vimeo or other video, insert my own audio notes, narrate over the video, and best of all insert questions at any point in the video to create quizzes multiple choice or short answer quizzes. I can even use some of the video lessons created by other teachers from EDpuzzle’s amazing video collection.

  • Save time: Take already existing videos from Youtube, Khan Academy, Crash Course, etc. or upload your own.
  • Engage students easily: Enable self-paced learning with interactive lessons, add your voice and questions along the video.
  • Reinforce accountability: Know if your students are watching your videos, how many times and see the answers they give.

Resources for getting started.

Reinventing Math Class with EquatIO (Chrome Extension)

Let’s get real for a minute: math has always had a bit of an image problem, hasn’t it?!

As a teacher for over fifteen years, I know all too well that many of my students just aren’t as excited by the subject as I am. I can see it on their faces when they come into the room for my first class each year. And as the long-term poor relation, math is now facing an even bigger threat to its popularity in the classroom – technology.

Tech has been a powerful enabler for new approaches to learning over the last few years and digital methods are steadily transforming teaching, as traditional pedagogy gives way to more collaborative, interactive strategies.

Thanks to Kasey Bell of Shake-up Learning for this resource. Read the full story:

Introducing EquatIO - Making Math Digital

Make anything into a GIF, try

Once upon a time there was no easy media creator. Every day, people made gifs and short videos in bloated, dated software like Photoshop, paying a monthly fee and spending hours learning how to do so.

Gifs are starting to resemble everyday videos. Think about scrolling through your Facebook timeline. Videos are short, auto-play, loop, and start with no sound - they heavily resemble gifs. By creating a consumer platform that allows the internet to easily make gifs, we can gather data and change the video world. Video and the .GIF are changing the way people take in information, and we want to be a part of that process. They actually make .MP4’s too! So not only do they give you the gif, but we also empower you with a fully fledged video (with sound).

Check out the GIF for the EquatIO tool discussed on Kasey's site

iPad Tips & Tricks You probably aren't using but maybe should be

5 Amazing iPad Tips & Tricks You Aren't Using
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A Challenge for You

From Angela Watson The Cornerstone For Teachers & The 40 Hour Teacher Workweek Club

Are you Wasting to much time on Social Media? ME, TOO.

I use it to procrastinate, a lot.
I also find myself reaching for my phone when I’m bored.

Sometimes it’s the first thing I do in the morning, and often, I stay up wayyyy later than I intended, just scrolling, scrolling, scrolling.

What makes it tricky is that I LOVE being connected to other people:

  • I don’t want to give up social media altogether; I want to be in control of my phone instead of letting my phone control me.
  • I want to stop draining my focus and energy on mindless social media consumption and constant refreshing of my email accounts.
  • I want to stop checking my phone out of habit, and to get online when I really want to and can truly enjoy it.
  • I want to use my phone as a tool to communicate, rather than as a taskmaster that controls my time

If that’s how you want to be, too, think about joining me in a (totally free) 21 day #IntentionalConnectivity challenge for teachers.

Here’s how it works:

Beginning on Monday, May 1st, I’m going to give you one new habit each week to try.

It will take less than two minutes per week to participate: just read the message I send via email and implement the idea.

The habit I share will not add anything to your plate or be “one more thing” you have to do, but will actually eliminate a time-waster and immediately free up your time and increase your mental focus.

The goal isn’t to give up social media or stop using email. The goal is to be intentional about our connectivity: to get on our devices because we want to, not because we feel compelled to.

I (Cyndi) am taking the challenge, will you join me in this challenge, it only takes 2 minutes a week and is a free 21 day #IntentionalConnectivity challenge for teachers. What could it hurt!!