Friday, December 18, 2015

Looking for a timer?

Count down, count up, and more.

Use "Timer" to countdown or count up, with alarms, loops, and in many colors, sizes and fonts. These Timers have a high level of accuracy, checking every second, and automatically adjusting when pc / tablet / phone is overloaded. The "Save Link To Your Custom Timer" link, lets you create a timer with your custom settings.  You can then place that URL on a Web page, or save it as a browser bookmark.  


Thursday, December 10, 2015

Zaption - Make video work for you

Transforms clips into an engaging "lean forward" activity
Add questions or comments to that video clip you want to show. (Pro version has lots of additional features, but the free version is pretty powerful too!)

"Teachers, trainers, and content publishers use Zaption's intuitive web app to quickly add images, text, quizzes, and discussions to existing videos from YouTube, Vimeo and private video libraries. The result is an interactive learning tour that transforms video from a "lean back" experience to an engaging "lean forward" activity."


Monday, December 7, 2015

Shadow Puppet - a 30hands alternative

Tutorial & download links

The most recent update of 30Hands significantly changed the free version of their app. (You can now only make five slideshows on each iPad and only export 3 times.)  Now what!? You might want to try Shadow Puppet. The app is fairly easy to use and it allows students to create and export narrated slideshows much like 30 hands.

Some features:
  • Cites photos sources used from the internet.
  • Text can be added to each image.
  • Music tracks can be added.
  • There is an option to "redo" a recording on a page. (but you must decide before moving to the next slide.)
  • You must save to preview.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Instagram for kids?

Social media and students.
I've had some questions recently about Instagram and students - what should a teacher or parent be teaching kids about this platform? It's all good fun, but how does one avoid the problems that can arise? Kids love the ability to play with images (and filters and overlays) and I've seen students as young as 11 with accounts. Here are some pointers and guides to peruse on the subject.

What is Instagram? (Video)

Parents' guide:

A short "advice" video for teens and tweens


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Using Do Ink's Green Screen app for iPad?

Green Screen Links

Do Ink's Green Screen app for the iPad is a lot of fun, easy to use and a great way to let students share their learning. Insert yourself in a children's book background, visit historical or present day settings, explore extreme environments, do an eTalk Daily or a news program - the sky is the limit. Here are some links to explore.

Green Screen Basics v.1.7

Green Screen Basics (with Keynote slide as background)
(Earlier version)

Creating Backgrounds for Green Screen in Keynote

Using Green Screen

More Green Screen ideas

Top 10 tips for Green Screen

2 Page guide

Reading of "A Cricket in TImes Square" (demo)