Creating Vine videos for the classroom: Less is more
Jan04

Creating Vine videos for the classroom: Less is more

Vine is a video sharing service where users can upload, edit and share a 6 second clip of looping video.  Even with such a short length of video playback to work with, Vine hosts some pretty compelling and engaging loops of video.  The concept of the short video is not limited to Vine, as Instagram also provides creative videographers the opportunity to post and share up to 15 seconds of video.  In November 2014, Ocho was launched as...

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5 awesome iOS apps for moviemaking on the iPad
Jan01

5 awesome iOS apps for moviemaking on the iPad

iMovie for iOS is Apple’s video editor for the iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch. It is designed with a touch interface in mind and provides a very intuitive user experience. For the classroom, iMovie is a powerful tool for students to create content and demonstrate learning. However even with its growing list of features and effects, some students (and teachers) may already be looking for more functionality from iMovie. If you and...

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Google Trends: A springboard for Inquiry-Based Learning
Dec26

Google Trends: A springboard for Inquiry-Based Learning

When it comes to inquiry-based learning, we want to avoid engaging students with questions that can be easily “Googled”. However with that said, our searches on Google can tell us a lot about what is on our minds as a region, a country or as a global community. Looking at the trends around these Google queries can be a source for fantastic, student-generated questions of inquiry. Google.org gauges flu activity...

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Assessing an App: A technical checklist for educators
Dec24

Assessing an App: A technical checklist for educators

There are plenty of websites and services that can help you locate some of the best iOS apps for the classroom (Edutecher, Edudemic and Education Apps on Pinterest). However, there comes a point where a teacher, a school or a school district will need to ultimately make the final decision on selecting the best and most appropriate apps for their students. This is easier said than done if you are not sure what to look for when...

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Teachers Reluctant With Technology? Encourage Failure
Dec10

Teachers Reluctant With Technology? Encourage Failure

It is remarkable how our students can pick up a new technology and quickly uncover and master the wide variety of features within a new piece of hardware or software. I have watched many students display this fearless attitude towards trial-and-error as they literally tap, press, hold and drag every button, icon, switch and setting. I have been caught informing my class that a certain feature or function is not “do-able”...

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