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.
Today I had the opportunity to try out iStopMotion ($9.99). This is by far the best app I have seen for creating stop motion movies. It is very intuitive and easy to use. I think that most people would be able to teach themselves quite easily. The one feature that makes this app worth the money is the onion skinning of the last photo taken. This semi-transparent view of the previous image allows the user to precisely place the objects being animated in respect to their previous position. (see below)
I’m looking forward to using this app with students. Below is the animation I created today.
I have been working with some 5th grade classes making movies using the iPads. Some of the students were creating trailers for books they have read. I created the storyboards below to help them plan their movies.
A close friend of mine, Jim Wenk, is going to pilot a math class for ELL students using iPads, and he asked me for some recommendations for apps. I didn’t have too many recommendations, so I asked my PLN. Below is what was suggested & who suggested the app. All are free unless otherwise noted.
From John Gulick Algebra Touch $1.99 – Nice process of how Algebra works, but too easy. Kids get bored with it after a few times since it’s not flashy. MatheMagics $1.99 – Easy Algebra Fast – Can work with both of these and incorporate them into a curriculum MatheMagics $1.99 – Mental Math Tricks – Ditto Brain Tuner 2 – Kids love it, teachers love it. I would use it everyday as a warm up activity as kids are coming in class.
A couple of weeks ago at the Learning 2.0 conference I went to an iPod photography workshop by Dave Caleb. This was an outstanding session, and I came away with ideas for being a better photographer, and new apps for my iPod. My favorite app from the workshop is Pro HDR. When there is mixed light in a scene, Pro HDR will take two photos, with different exposure for the amounts of light. Then it combines the photos. The photos below were taken this past weekend during my neighborhood photo safari with my wife.
Normal iPod Camera
iPod with Pro HDR
See more examples of what Pro HDR can do for your photos. This is a great app, and really worth the $1.99.
A while ago my son started playing with Action Movie FX (Bad Robot Interactive, Free). This app will add various effects to your video. The app comes with four effects including Missile Attack, Car Smash, Demolition Rock, & Rough Terrain, & there are more available for purchase. One thing I don’t like about this app is that you must use video that you record in the app. You can’t use videos from your camera roll. Guess which one my son used in the video below.
The second fun video app is Vintagio (MacPhun LLC, $2.99). Vintagio adds silent film effects to movies in your camera roll, or allows you to film original material withing the app. You have choice of effects, quality, soundtrack, and playback speed. The video below is the Vintagio version of the video above.