Vlog With Us!
We talk a lot about the importance of accommodating all kinds of learning styles, including those students whose first choice to tell a story might not be written. Therefore, as part of our Not Perfect Hat Club Bog It Challenge, we will be encouraging students to embrace their inner filmmakers and give video blogging – Vlogging – a try.
Realizing that there are all sorts of options available to teachers and students (see list below), we would like to encourage you to give TouchCast a try. Not only is TouchCast FREE, but they have incorporated a Not Perfect Hat Club theme and tools into the app as well. These would be a perfect way for your students to share their ideas and stories. All TouchCasts can be uploaded to the TouchCast server and/or YouTube, then shared as links on your traditional blogging platforms. CritterKin has also produced a tutorial that walks you through the basics.
So, depending on your students’ learning styles, we hope you will consider Vlogging as well as blogging your way through the NPHC Blog It Challenge!
Links to Vlogging Options
Animoto (Free for iPad and Desktop, Upgrade Available)
This software turns your photos, music and short video clips into video slideshows. You provide the photos, choose the song, and it syncs things up.
Aurasma (Free on iPad, Upgrade Available)
Billed as the leader in augmented reality, Aurasma allows you to use an image to trigger a video. In other words, when you hold your iPhone or iPad over an preset image, Aurasm recognizes it and plays the video associated with it.
iMotion HD (ios: Free, Upgrade Available)*
Your students can create a time-lapse or stop-motion film using this video app. iMotion HD lets kids make a movie by combining still photos. They can set this app to take photographs at timed intervals to show elapsed time (like a plant growing or a sunset) or for stop-motion film (using action figures or puppets). With the full version of the app, users can add music and get access to extra export features like uploading their movie straight to YouTube.
PicPlayPost (ios: $1.99)*
PicPlayPost is a video and editing tool that lets users combine videos and still images into a shared frame. With a tap of the screen, the videos will play simultaneously or sequentially, and the still images will be placeholders in the frame. It’s a great tool for displaying a combination of pictures as an alternative to a traditional slideshow. Kids can manipulate the style of the frame and add music from their iTunes library to play in the background.
Magisto Video Editor & Maker (Android: Free)*
Magisto lets users shoot video from inside the app, edit video saved to their device and create a movie with this footage. Once students select the still images and videos that they want to include, they choose a theme and music. Then the app puts the pieces together. In order to save movies to an album, users will have to set up an account.
iMovie (ios: $4.99)*
With iMovie, students can edit video that they’ve taken with their iPhone or iPad. This powerful app lets kids create feature films and Hollywood-style trailers using the built-in themes and templates. iMovie lets them add titles, transitions and music as they apply different film techniques like slow motion and panning over still photos. Whether your students dig deep into all of the professional quality features in iMovie or simply scratch the surface, they’ll create a fantastic final product.
Andromedia Video Editor (Android: Free)*
Students can edit video saved to their device with Andromedia Video Editor. This app lets them organize clips, crop video and even apply the “Ken Burns” filming technique to still images and videos. Users can add transitions to each clip, edit audio, and record a narration using the microphone on the device. After rendering their video, students can share it on multiple platforms.
*Original copy from Edutopia: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/apps-making-movies-mobile-devices-monica-burns
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