Apple released a new app this past week called Clips. This is a short video-editing app where users can create quick, fun videos. You can use Clips to add filters, captions, emojis, music and titles. A new feature from Apple uses voice recognition to detect what you say in your video and turn it into a video caption that directly syncs with your voice. You can use photos or videos from your camera roll or record new ones directly in the app. Clips seems to be a very simple, very fun adaptation of iMovie–designed for the mobile user to quickly create and share short videos. I can imagine students of all ages would love to use this creatively in the classroom. Clips is a free app that is downloadable on Apple devices (iPads and iPods) and Apple smartphones. To learn more go to http://www.apple.com/clips/.
Monthly Archives: April 2017
We have previously shared the idea of using BreakoutEDU in your classroom (a locked box where students find ways to crack the codes to the numerous locks). Today we are sharing a twist on that activity–the digital version. Teachers may find using an online version of Breakout EDU to be a great option because it does not need a locked box; instead it uses locked versions of Google Forms. Another feature is that you do not need to re-program the codes for the physical locks. Students can work in small groups instead of 20+ students working together on one challenge. Keep in mind I still think my students enjoy the challenge of physically cracking the code on 5 or 6 padlocks with the traditional Breakout EDU, but the digital version is another way to add variety to your classroom. We are sharing a resource that has 100+ digital (Breakout EDU inspired) games designed by teachers and ready to use in your classroom. You can find digital challenges geared for math, ELA, science, history, and more. You will also find a range of challenges geared for 3rd-5th graders all the way up to 9th-12th graders. To check it out go to https://sites.google.com/site/digitalbreakoutjb/sandbox. Here is another article that may give you more ideas about using Digital Breakout EDU in the classroom https://sylviaduckworth.com/2017/01/31/team-digital-breakout-edu-canadian-style/.
When using Gmail here is a quick and easy way to create an email group. Press Compose and then enter the names that you would like to be in the group in the address bar labeled To:. When finished press directly on the word To: and a menu will appear. It gives you the opportunity to add anyone else to your group. If your group is finished look to the very bottom and press Save as group. Immediately a box appears that lets you enter a name for this group. Press Save. From now on you will only need to enter the name of the group and the rest of the addresses will appear when composing an email.
Unusual (but fun) YouTube shortcuts–
While watching a video press F and it will instantly go to Full Screen.
Press M and you will mute or un-mute the sound.
Press C to turn on or off the Closed Captioning.
After pressing pause, play, or any command on the video player press a number 1-9. Number 5 will take you to 50% through the video, 8 will take you to the 80% mark, etc.
Press the number 0 to return to the beginning of the video.
Press Shift + > key to speed up the rate of the video (I like to do this when previewing a video for class to save time).