Videoscribe and voice over ….

Using videoscribe you can create a very effective engaging video.

Videoscribe is fantastic a huge ever expanding whiteboard that you can add text, images, sound and voice to with a difference! A hand draws, writes or moves the images and text onto the whiteboard canvas. Learn more about how to make a video scribe with videoscribe’s youtube channel

Here are some examples of me combining videoscribe with a text to speech voice over. I used final cut pro to add my voice over in and create these videos. After exporting my videoscribe video and creating the voice over from text-to-speech i was able to splice the audio files to match up with the visuals to create movies that flowed. I found doing the voice over in videoscribe challenging as you couldn’t see the video as you narrated.

Example 1

Example 2

Here is my water cycle videocreated in videoscribe without the voice over.

See what a difference my voice makes with my explanation of the water cycle using the video scribe video and adding in my audio track using final cut pro.

Why do you live where you do? Here is a video scribe asking students to discover the answer to this question. Which is more effective voice or not?

without voice:

With voice:

I love videoscibe it is an excellent tool to use to engage students and students love it too. Fun and easy to use and effective. You can use it to:
communicate differently to your learners,
explain a concept,
have students show their understanding of a topic,
make a task come to life instead of giving another sheet,
transform something old and give it new life,
breakdown a difficult concept,
users can explain, explore and elaborate on ideas,
brainstorm,
show understanding and explain relationships,
show similarities and differences in unique ways,
tell a story,
create a poem,
really almost anything is possible with video scribe especially when teamed with voice over. I found it easier and less time consuming to use the text to speech site as finding a quite area to record my voice was challenging! Give it a try you won’t regret it :)

Voice overs

How cool is this website http://www.fromtexttospeech.com/ easily turning text into speech for students who don’t wish to use their own voice or want something a little different. Girls who want a male voice or boys that want a female voice this website is super easy to use – type your text in, choose your voice and then download the audio file. Alternatively students could use http://www.oddcast.com/home/demos/tts/tts_example.php or my old favorite http://www.voki.com/ where you can hear the voice over but are limited by the amount of text you can input. You will then need to use another program to record the voice while you play it back.

here is an example of how students used from text to speech webiste

Some new Minecraft seeds

Well it has been a while but here are some tested Minecraft seeds have fun:

3292052 – Villages with great landscapes around including river, jungle, mountain and plains

1405119578 – Jungle and Desert environments

1418072576 – Village island

1894558086 – lots of Caves

-509333905 – Loads of iron , village and diamonds

1074879716 – There is a couple of villages and great landscape

1407434958: also has a Village Island

1408106526: Epic Mountain Villages & A Floating Island

1388582293: lots of villages altogether

infinity: Dig deep to find iron, redstone, and precious gems.

AcE: Lots of water a a village in the centre

sylph: huge mine

1405119578: Jungle, melons, cocoa beans and a Mesa Biome

my son and I tested these out and they all worked on the iPad. The beauty of using a seed is to ensure that you have the materials, landscape, resources that you want to build with and on rather than having to hope or regenerate your environment.

Using Minecraft in the classroom is a huge hook into our content to test, explain and create content in different ways. If you need inspiration check out our iTunes U course on using Minecraft in the secondary classroom by myself and amazing teachers from RSC. You can download it with an iPhone or iPad from iTunes U – https://itunes.apple.com/us/course/design-build-create-discover/id1039242773. The course explores different ways or using world creation tools in the classroom across the curriculum.

Twine – fun, interactive, nonlinear story telling

Twinery Twine is a program that lets you generate interactive stories. It is a great fun tool, there is no programming involved and your finished story are webpages. Twine was created by Chris Klimas. You can download it here or you can use it online.

Getting started:

Once you sign up click on the green +Story tile

Give your story a title and click add – your story board has been created :)

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Hover over the box and a tool bar will appear

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Click on the pencil to edit and start writing your story. Link to other passages by putting the title of the pages you wish to link to in brackets like this – [[This clickable link goes to a different page / passage]]. The page and a link to your first passage will be created. This is how you give the options for your choose your own adventure story. Each new page/passage created using the double brackets – [[ ]] is a new option in your story. Likewise you can use the [[ ]] to create a loop in your story so readers choose a different option if you wanted or to go back to the beginning of the story.

You can also write a new page like [[The river| The river]] and then the word appears on the first passage and you have also created a new page/passage to link to.

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Click on the rocket ship on the passage that is the start of your story.

To add images to your story use this code

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NB you don’t have to include a width and height for the images it can be quicker to load if you add them however.

ok that is it for now I need to learn more before i blog further on this great tool – on my agenda is to learn about how to change the colour of text and add background images.

Great tips can be found on the gameintrospection blog

For step by step help the you tube tutorials from the VegetarianZombie are excellent. Starting with his intro video He walks you through a step by step guide to using both the basics and then following on from that using conditions, if statements and more to enhance your choose your own adventure stories and games.

Word Cloud with a difference-how to use Tagxedo

Tagxedo creates word clouds with a difference.

Word clouds can be created by all learners teachers and students for many purposes. I prefer tagxedo as it allows for the clouds to be in the shape and colour i want them to be rather than just random like wordle!

Check out Michael Gorman’s extensive list of 108 ways to use word clouds in the classroom here http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/108-ways-to-use-word-clouds-in-the-classroom-word-clouds-in-education-series-part-2/

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or if you prefer the PDF version:

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Kahoot is a real HOOT ….. a how to guide

My students and I love Kahoot. It is such an engaging and fun tool I use it with all aged learners who have a device either 1:1 or 1:small groups to create engaging and fun quizzes and surveys. My students love the quiz mode way more than the survey mode. The competition and ‘game show like’ sense of adventure that the quiz creates has all my students engaged and hurrying to class. Kahoot is the first thing i do in class once i have marked the roll. If a student has music and arrives late the first thing they say to me is did i miss the the Kahoot! What better reference is there for an engaging tool!

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Or here is the link to the PDF version of this how to guide:

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Create QR codes easily …… a how to guide and ideas for classroom use

Create and use QR codes on the bottom of task information, as a scavenger hunt laminated, around displays for more information on how it was created or to a video showing the students working or talking about their creations, around your room to prompt inquiry, As extension tasks or to support students differentiation different colours for different activities. Anywhere around the school, your classroom, for teaching and learning tasks to make learning more interesting.

CREATE AND USE QR CODES

Here is the link to the PDF
CREATE AND USE QR CODES

Using Popplet in the classroom …… How to use Popplet

In the last 24 hours i have made several help guides in preparation for the HTAV conference in October. I thought i would share them here too :)

I love Popplet it is such a cool tool available on the web and on ios. All learners can use Popplet both teacher and students to create and show visual thinking. To create: mind mapping, make timeline visual and interesting, for story telling, character analysis, summarizing or organizing information, detailing and showing the processes: the creation process, the design process or the idea process, For How to guides, Explaining the steps involved in something, for revision material, as an intro to a topic, a real or virtual scavenger hunt, visual learner cues, for planning or storyboarding ideas before beginning a project, research work, assignment passion project or challenge based learning proposal. To show different processes, topics, unit outlines and information. So much potential here with this one tool.

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Here is a link to the PDF version i created :)
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Using Skitch in the classroom …how to use Skitch

In the last 24 hours i have made several help guides in preparation for the HTAV conference in October. I thought i would share them here too :)

I love Skitch because it allows me to annotate any image or pdf on both my iPad and laptop. It could be used to give students feedback, to add directions, label diagrams, sketches and other visuals, provide written cues to visuals, give task information or directions, give prompts to clues, as a reflection tool for the learner to annotate thought processes and thinking, areas of difficulty and ease, feelings, ideas, future explorations etc, brainstorming, as a pre-test or post-test, where I am at now and how I feel I am going, as a colourful whiteboard, also you could use skitch to create a how to guides!

How to use Skitch

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or view the PDF of the how to guide here:

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