Teaching Tip Tuesday: Powtoon!

Powtoon is giving away 50,000 free classroom accounts to teachers!  It is an online tool for creating animated videos.  Although I didn’t know much about Powtoon, I thought it sounded fun and decided to try it out.

I clicked on the link here:  http://www.powtoon.com/lp/toonup/

After I registered and entered the promo code, I started playing around.  I created a video to advertise my coaching services in my new school.  Overall, I found this website fairly easy to use, and I think teachers could find some creative ways to incorporate this tool into their instruction.

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Here’s my video! (You can click on either link below.)

http://www.powtoon.com/show/eOvMxvnGCiw/instructional-coaching-menu/#/

This was my first attempt with this online tool, and I look forward to exploring it even further!

Teaching tip Tuesday: Technology to Flip Your Classroom

I am by no means a technology expert, but I am trying to learn more as I discover new ways to increase student learning. Recently, I have been playing around with various ways to flip classrooms using technology.  A few teachers have asked me about websites or apps to capture screen shots or create videos.  Although there are a lot of different resources, websites, and apps out there, I have found a few that I think work well.  I’ll share a few starting points for you, but I will also provide more resources that you can explore yourself.

What is a flipped classroom?

A flipped classroom is a reversed teaching model that delivers instruction at home through interactive, teacher-created videos and moves “homework” to the classroom. Moving lectures and low-rigor and engagement activities outside of the classroom allows teachers to maximize class time with more rigorous tasks that will extend student learning.

Here are some resources I have used:

screencastomatic

 http://screencast-o-matic.com/

You can record the screen of your computer, along with your voice, for up to 15 minutes per video. This website allows you to decide how much of your screen you want to record, and you can also use your computer’s webcam to have a small video of yourself in the corner as you teach the lesson. You can download and install a program for your computer, or you can start recording from the website. You can publish to their website or to YouTube.

screenr

http://www.screenr.com/

Screener is a very simple & easy-to-use tool for creating up to five minutes for each screencast video. You can select how much of the screen is shown in the video. You don’t need to register, but if you want to save your videos you need a Twitter account. After you create your video, you can publish to twitter, YouTube, or download.

 screencastle

http://screencastle.com

ScreenCastle is a web-based screencast creation tool.  Go to their website, click the start button, and you can start recording.  You can record your voice and the screen. Then your video will be saved through their website.

Some apps that allow you to create a lesson or video from your ipad or smart device:

Explain Everything (2.99)

ShowMe (free)

Educreations (free)

By using a free trial, the two websites below will allow you to create your own professional-looking videos or lessons:

Camtasia(free trial)

Active Presenter (free trial)

Video Apps

osnap

Explain everything

Green screen

Story robe

Coach my video/coaches eye

Art with animation

Sock puppets

Imovie trailer

Animoto

Movie FX

Funny Movie Maker

Tube Box

Animation HD

Animator

Educam

Book Creator

Action Movie

If you want to learn more, here are a couple of links to some teachers’ blogs who know WAY more about this than me. They have ideas for excellent technology resources that you can use in your classroom.

17 Free Tools for Creating Screen Capture Images and Videos

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/09/17-free-tools-for-creating-screen.html#.UVr1gxecdpF

20 Ways to Use ONE iPad in Your K-12 Classroom

http://mrcbaker.blogspot.com/2013/02/20-ways-to-use-one-ipad-in-your-k-12.html

Do you have other resources that you find helpful for a flipped classroom?