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Teach With video is a blog to help teachers integrate digital video projects in the classes they teach. The podcast provides tips for classroom management, unit and lesson design, and various resources to help teachers guide students toward the successful creation of curriculum-based videos.
I have been doing stop motion animation with students since 2011, and it has been a lot of fun. I have worked with students in several curricular areas, and also was the advisor of a stop motion club for two years. I have started a playlist (below) of a few of my favorites.
I was working with an 8th grade class today and came across a student with a very cluttered desktop. Actually, that is a huge understatement. I have never seen a desktop with this much on it in my life. I explained how this slows down her computer, and offered to help her to organize and to change the destination of her screen shots (shot takes a lot of them), but she respectfully declined. She was kind enough to send me a screen shot of her desktop. Here you go…
This week in The Fish Bowl we are teaching about cloud storage, and the options for storing with different services. I put together this comparison chart on the clod storage pricing. I use all of these services, but if you are going to sign up for Dropbox, please use this link, and you and I will each receive and extra 250 MB of storage.
Update: We rarely use Microsoft products, which is why I didn’t include them. One of my old students shared the OneDrive pricing below:
Microsoft OneDrive offers 15 gigs free, but if you upload a picture using camera uploads from your phone, you get another 15 gigs free.. that’s a total of 30 GB free..
$1.99 a month for 100 gb more, $3.99 a month for 200 gb more, $9.99 a month for 1 TB + Office 365 (full downloadable version of Office for 5 household members)..
even with a free account, you can open and edit all Office files that you have stored in your cloud storage through any web browser.. it launches Word, PPT, Excel, Onenote, etc right in your web browser!
I’m very excited to announce that my Stop Motion Animation iTunes U course has been published in the Apple Distinguished Educators Lessons for the Classroom series. I think it is a good resource for learning and teaching stop motion animation in very few steps. The course has some guidelines for how to set up projects, and I’ll be adding more content as I create it. I hope you enjoy the course.
I recently came across what looks like it will be a promising tool for remixing media. WEAVLY (still in beta) currently allows you to remix YouTube videos, SoundCloud audio, gif images, and has a good tool for adding titles. They appear to be planning to add other media to the mix, including Vine videos, Tumblr, and Loopcam. WEAVLY is social, allowing shares, embeds, remixes, and “upvoting.”
WEAVLY gives the user a lot of editing controls, and links to all original content. There is also a section for “Assignments,” but the tutorial is not currently working. I would like to see WEAVLY allow the user to choose the display frame for the video. Mine currently has a frame from one of the videos that is not in my remix. I would have chosen the frame below.
My first video is dedicated to Amalia Kingsbury, who on a daily basis reminds everyone in our office, “DON’T POKE THE BEAR!”
This year the KIS EdTech Team has two new members, and with that, new artwork. This year we outsourced this for the first time. We were fortunate enough to have my talented student, Melissa Rodriguez, create our “business cards” this year. Below is what I put together as our “team photo,” and then each individual card. Ben Summerton used the artwork to create our Keynote theme for the year. Check out our first presentation using the theme. This is some seriously cool artwork. Melissa is a graphic artist and freelances in her spare time. See some of her artwork, photography, and videos at melirodriguezart.com/.
Ever thought about creating stop motion animations with your students? It is fun and easy to do. In this session we will cover some of the important aspects of creating these movies, and then create our own. Bring your computer, phone, or tablet, and some toys you would like to animate.
Filming tip: Cameras should never be pointed directly at the sun. Most cameras have a sensor in them that adjusts to the amount of light at the time of filming. Pointing the lens at the sun can damage this sensor.