By: Peter Paccone
“I’m a San Marino High School (CA) social studies teacher who has increasingly sought to connect students in my US Government, World History, and US History classes with the “world-at-large” using video conference technology.
Over the past twenty-four months of experimentation, I have learned that video conferencing technology can provide any/all students with a highly rewarding, innovative, and engaging experience that empowers them to connect to their own learning process. My students connected via video conference with:
- People in the news
- People discussed in our textbook
- Book authors and/or journalists
- Museum curators and/or staff
- Subject matter experts
- Students from other schools
- Adults willing to hear student end-of-term presentations”
To read further please click here:http://www.edutopia.org/discussion/using-video-conferencing-technology-collaborative-learning
“Video for All is a website that provides lots of examples of how video can be used in language teaching. These videos quickly show you the website and the fantasitc resources that you can make use of. This is a very useful resource if you are a teaching looking for new teaching ideas or want to learn more about the use of video in language teaching.” To read further please click here: http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/video-youtube/video-for-all.html
“Videos have already become an important part of modern education, whether through well-known education platforms like Khan Academy or content created by teachers for their students’ use. Video tutorials can help students with questions on homework or test preparation. However, students are finding the value in creating tutorial videos themselves for other students.During her sophomore year, Shilpa Yarlagadda was falling behind in her high school courses and began looking up video tutorials online to help catch up. But she soon realized she learned difficult material better from her friends than from any of the content she could find online. She was struggling with AP Chemistry that year, but when a concept finally clicked, she would make a video about it to help her friends taking lower level chemistry classes.” To read further please click here:
By: Richard Byrne
“YouTube is loaded with tools and settings that teachers and students often overlook. The YouTube audio slideshow tool is one of those overlooked tools built into YouTube. I often demonstrate it in my workshops on video creation. In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how to use YouTube’s audio slideshow creation tool.” To read further please click here:
By: TeachThought Staff
“We’ve discussed the merits and utility of video games in the classroom before, so we won’t beleaguer the point. If you’re interested in the possibility of video games for learning–that is, teaching and learning with video games to master both academic and non-academic content–than the following collection may be of interest to you.
We’ve discussed before the logistics of how to teach with video games (especially for non-mobile games). What exactly this looks like on a daily basis in your classroom depends on the reality of your classroom: Available technology, WiFi access and bandwidth, grade level, content area, your comfort level with games, and so on.
But if this an area you’re interested in learning more about, we thought a collection of the best video games for learning–that is, those we’d want our own children playing for their varied utility in teaching and/or learning–might be useful.
To select each of these games, we focused on 3 basic criteria:
This has to do with the quality of the game. There isn’t one, clear definition for what a “good” video game should be. Pong is universally-accepted as “good,” but is a simple game of digital ricochet. Other games are multi-million dollar projects with a myriad of brilliant ideas, but that come together all wrong.” To read further please click here:
By: Edudemic Staff
“Do you remember the joy that you felt as a student when you saw the teacher roll the TV into the classroom? Your students can experience the same joy when you show a film in your own classroom – and it won’t be because it’s a perceived distraction. In her recent Guardian.com blog post, Sarah Marsh outlines 12 ways to use film creatively in the classroom. Building on concepts from that piece, we’ll focus on three key themes here: film immersion, cultural immersion, and student activity.
There are a plethora of ways to immerse students into a film. Let’s say that you show a full-length film in class. Students can research the director or actors’ body of work, seeking commonalities and inspiration, which allows students to discover what inspires them. They can use podcast and radio reviews of a movie to determine how reviewers describe the visual aspects of a film using nothing but audio, and they can even create their own podcast reviews of the film.” To read further please click here:
By: Med Kharbach
“After the post I shared here on how to create flipped videos via the use of annotations and other interactivity features on YouTube, I received a couple of emails from fellow teachers asking about certain functionalities on YouTube. Instead of answering each one individually, I decided to create this post and include in it the major important things a teacher should be able to do on YouTube.
Here is what you will get to learn from these tips:
- Know how to add subtitles and closed captions to your videos
- Add and edit annotations
- use enhancement features to improve your videos
- How to use YouTube video editor to combine, trim, add music and customize your clips
- How to search YouTube library for copyright-free music to add to your videos
- How to swap the audio track on our videos
Click on each title to access its corresponding resource page.” To read further please click here: …
“The rapid adoption of devices in the classroom has fundamentally changed the way we can create video. Every part of the creation process — writing, recording, editing, and distributing — is possible on the devices that can fit in our pocket. Vision is the most dominant of the five senses. Research shows that concepts are better remembered if they are taught visually. This is called the pictorial superiority effect, and it’s why video is such a powerful learning tool.
A video is created three times: when you write it, when you shoot it, and when you edit it. There are several formats that can be used to write a script for the classroom: a Google Doc, a dedicated app (ex: Storyboards), a Google Form, or a production organization document. Whichever format is used, emphasis should be placed on how it will be used in the classroom, and what the goal of the video is. When recording, it is important to incorporate basic rules of composition, such as the rule of thirds, into your video. Being aware of the environment (basic concepts like lighting and room tone) makes it easier to edit.” To read further please click here:http://www.edutopia.org/blog/five-minute-film-festival-video-boot-camp
By: Tony Bates
“Although it will be seen that there are good pedagogical reasons for using video, it presents much more of a challenge to faculty than the use of text or audio. Producing video that exploits the unique characteristics of video is not something that most faculty have the time or ability to do themselves, and adds substantial cost to a course. The alternative of course is video available as an open educational resources, and good luck with that. I had great difficulty in finding suitable open educational resources to use as examples (although there are talking heads in abundance). If anything, the availability of good quality video OERs has declined recently, with much of the material previously available through Open Learn and other sources such as iTunesU and even YouTube now removed. Copyright of good quality educational video is still pretty restricted, probably because of the high cost of producing it. Reliability of OERs is becoming a critically important issue. If an instructor cannot rely on an OER being available in a year or two after incorporation into their teaching, OERs won’t get used.” To read further please click here:
By: Jayne Clara
“Video conferencing is a wonderful technology that has helped change the way both business and personal communication is conducted. It not only provides a more personal, intimate way to communicate compared to a phone call, but thanks to additional services like document sharing and multi-point capabilities, the technology is by far the most effective and productive way to conduct important meetings outside of actually being face-to-face. But its effectiveness is so close to what a face-to-face meeting can give that it completely negates the need to travel to any sort of in-person meeting. Video conferencing isn’t just a useful tool for businesses and personal use, it’s also a wonderful tool teachers can use toenhance a student’s learning experience in the classroom, whether that classroom is in an elementary school, middle school, high school, or university.”To read further please click here:
By: Tony Vincent
“Today it’s possible to film, edit, and publish movies all on an iOS device. There’s no more importing video into a computer, and apps are making the process easier than ever! See a demonstration and examples of how to create excellent educational films by using a variety of iPhone and iPad apps to film, edit, enhance, and publish videos. Learn about tips and tricks for helping students memorize lines, improving sound quality, changing camera angles, improving lighting, and much more. We’ll even produce a short film together!
Recording in short clips and changing the camera angles has many benefits:
- Visually interesting
- Rarely zooms and pans
- Illusion of multiple cameras
- Shorter lines
- Script just off camera
To read further please click here: http://learninginhand.com/mdmovies
By: Microsoft Education Team
“Improving collaboration between students. Designing more engaging lessons. Saving time. If you’re an educator, these are likely things you care about. As technology becomes more powerful and increasingly prevalent in classrooms, the potential to improve student learning grows.
To make it easier to harness the power of technology for student learning, we have put together a series of quick tip videos. This series of Quick Tip Videos are 2-minute clips that show teachers how to use a feature in their classroom right after watching the clip so they can immediately integrate an idea into tomorrow’s lesson plan.
These videos are organized based on six core priorities that teachers reporting being the ways they think about how to integrate technology into student learning.
These Quick Tip Videos are short, consumable clips that empower teachers to accomplish a task with free Microsoft tools and technology. Often the challenge with technology as comprehensive as Microsoft’s is some features that can be immensely helpful to educators are buried under the multiple functionalities of the products. These Quick Tip Videospresent product capabilities to teachers, organized and aligned around classroom goals.” To read further please click here:
By: Lisa Nielsen
“It’s hard to believe that one of the top tools for learning as recognized by the Center for Learning &Performance Technologies is blocked in many schools today. Fortunately, innovative educators are resilient souls. If they can’t get the learning to their students, the old fashioned way, they’ll find another.
In this case, the tool we’re talking about is YouTube. As pointed out in Edudemic’s 50 Education Tools Every Teacher Should Know About, “Not all schools allow YouTube, but they are missing out as the site contains a wealth of great learning materials for the classroom. There’s even a special education-focused channel just for teachers and students.” To read further please click here:
By: Martin Williams
“You might not want your school to be taken over by television cameras like Educating the East End, but introducing a taste of the silver screen to the classroom is a smart way to engage students.
If you need to spark a debate, give instructions or share some subject context, video can be a powerful tool in your armoury, whether that’s through feature films, TV clips, YouTube videos, or homemade films.
We asked five teachers who use videos in exciting and innovative ways to share their experiences and advice:
James Rolfe, head of science, Judgemeadow community college, Leicester
Often in science you have to demonstrate an experiment, but if you’ve got 30 children in the class it’s difficult to make sure everyone’s listening and can see what you’re doing. So using video can make such a big difference.” To read further please click here:
By: Laura Neiser
“Technology, bandwidth, and the introduction of new electronic devices continue to set new standards for education in the US. Things like video chats and peer-to-peer applications are fundamentally transforming the way both students and teachers learn and educate. According to Comcast Business’s white paper titled “How to Transform Your School“, there are several educational benefits to using high-speed connections for K-12.” To read further please click here:
“In a recent workshop on interactive video, some participants asked me what I thought of using webcam videos in corporate e-learning. While I haven’t done a lot with webcam video, I think it’s one of the easiest ways for designers to make existing courses more engaging.
Course introductions are a great place to start. Rather than narrate a slide of learning objectives and bullet points, try personalizing your intro with a webcam recording. Chapter and summary slides are also another way to integrate webcam videos into your courses. Once your storyboard is approved, you have the content you need to webcam one or more slides.
Though my workshop folks weren’t entirely sure video would work in their organizations, there sure was a lot of interest in it. And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about!
Challenge of the week
This week your challenge is to create a webcam video to introduce yourself and the types of e-learning projects you enjoy most.
This challenge is the third in our portfolio challenges. In previous challenges, you created interactive resumes and shared your e-learning portfolios. This week you’ll record a video introduction and highlight some projects you’ve designed.
Your webcam video should include the following:
- Full webcam video
- Screen recording
- Lower third
To read further please click here:
“It’s unusual for me to write a blog post extolling the virtues of a single edtech tool – I usually prefer a rundown of several resource that can be used for any given subject, because there are so many brilliant tools out there to feature and usually so many advantages and disadvantages to using each one. But Animoto is a special case! It is incredibly easy to use, which is a huge plus for the classroom, but also presents a really wide and flexible range of possible uses, which isn’t always the case with the simpler end of edtech tools.
If you’re not already familiar with Animoto, it’s a website that allows you to make your own videos by choosing a background template from a wide range of options, adding a piece of music, and then creating a completely unique compilation of photographs, video clips and text, which is then all magically pulled together into an incredibly professional finished product.” To read further please click here: http://www.fractuslearning.com/2014/02/10/animoto-classroom/
By: Tony Vincent
“When you begin a new iMovie project, you have a choice of creating a movie or a trailer. A trailer follows a template to create a Hollywood-style movie advertisement. iMovie for iOS has 14 trailer templates, and each has its own musical score and graphics. To make your own trailer, choose a template, insert your text, and fill each shot with a video or photo.
Each template has a different number of text screens and shots. Each shot is typically on the screen for only a second or two, so a one-minute trailer requires about two dozen shots.
Students and teachers are making trailers to do things like demonstrate their learning, explain vocabulary words, document experiments, preview novels or textbook chapters, summarize historical events and promote school activities. ” To read further please click here: http://learninginhand.com/blog/2014/8/6/plan-a-better-imovie-trailer-with-these-pdfs
“These YouTube resources can help college administrators deliver instruction more effectively, enhance the student experience, and keep costs down
Administrators are using social media for marketing purposes embracing mobile technology to help campus leaders in their search for a more sustainable business model as the higher ed landscape evolves.
Videos are some of the best teaching tools available to administrators and educators, and YouTube offers a seemingly infinite number of educational channels on varying topics.
Take a look at the following five YouTube resources for admins on technology and innovation in education.” To read further please click here: http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/youtube-admin-resources-509/
“Today’s students are the ‘Netflix Generation’ — they’ve grown up in a world where video is available instantly, on-demand, and on any device. In fact, college–age students in the 18 – 24 age bracket are the biggest consumers of online video — with each watching an average of 398 online videos per month.
With video now accounting for 43% of all online traffic — (and that predicted to double by 2016) — forward–thinking colleges and universities are looking to explore the rich educational possibilities video can offer.
Students at these institutions are no strangers to video: they increasingly watch it on mobile devices, consume content across multiple screens, and love creating their own videos. Because of this, it’s vital for any instructor incorporating video into their course to fully understand why video can be such an effective tool for teaching the Netflix Generation:” To read further please click here:
“Online video is taking the world by storm, and today’s students are the biggest consumers of online video content — they’re the ‘Netflix Generation’. These students have grown up in a world where video is available instantly, on-demand, and on any device.
Combined with the rise of flipped and blended learning methodologies, it’s natural that today’s educators are seeking innovative ways to take advantage of video.
But video is complex – and in the past, it’s been difficult for educators to make use of it for learning. The good news is that it’s easier than ever to take advantage of online video; with cloud video delivery becoming increasingly intuitive and affordable, cutting–edge video technologies are now firmly within the grasp of universities and instructors.” To read further please click here: http://www.teachthought.com/technology/5-strategies-engaging-students-with-video/