Create Animated Videos and Presentations at the Same Time on Wideo

Wideo is a neat service for creating animated, Common Craft style videos in your web browser. I’ve been using and talking about the service for a couple of years now. Recently, Wideo added a new feature that allows you to generate presentations from your videos.

When you create a video in Wideo you do so by dragging and dropping clipart and text in storyboard frames. You set the position and animation sequence for each element in each storyboard frame. When you have completed your storyboards Wideo generates a video for you. The new presentation mode in Wideo will allow you to present each frame of your video independently just like in a slideshow. Watch the video below to learn more.

Applications for Education
The presentation mode in Wideo could be useful for having students talk about the process of constructing the stories they tell through videos. Wideo can be a great tool for students to use to bring their creative short stories to life. Wideo could also be used by students to create animated explanations of historical events, to animate biographies, or to teach other short lessons.

The free version of Wideo limits video length to 45 seconds. 45 seconds is long enough for a lot of video projects.

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edshelf Weekly - Tools for Adding Visuals to Lessons

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then perhaps a lesson that engages a student’s visual perception is worth a thousand lectures. Here are some tools to help craft visuals to augment your next lesson.

  • KIND & GENEROUS SPONSOR Visme - Tell Better Stories and Visualize your Ideas into Awesome Presentations and Infographics. Use it free.
  • Curriculet - Add a layer of questions, quizzes, and rich media on top of any digital text with this free website.
  • davinci note - Publish image-rich stories, notes, and blog posts with this free iPad app.
  • QuotesCover - Turn your favorite quotes into images you can use on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and others with this free website.
  • Evernote Scannable - Take photos of documents, business cards, recipes, and more, then convert them into PDFs, images, or text with this free iOS app.

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Evernote Scannable FTW

Much like Remind, Evernote Scannable is now a key component of my (almost) paperless classroom.  

It’s so quick, easy, and user-friendly that I’ve never even made a tutorial or how-to guide for teachers or my students; it automatically scans any book page or document and then adjusts the image so it’s ready to share or save in seconds!  Your scans can be saved as JPGs or PDFs, depending on what you need them for.

You can see from the image below that you can also save to the Camera Roll of your device, put it in Evernote (perfect for my students who are already using it for note-taking), or…the best part…put it right into SeeSaw or Google Classroom (two of my OTHER favorite free digital tools!) 

I rave about this app so much that my students are probably tired of hearing me talk about it.  Get this on your phone and your iPad–you’ll find yourself using it all the time!  

How to Turn Your Blogger Blog Into a Book - Video

Last week I wrote about using BlogBooker to create a physical record of your classroom blog. Since then I’ve had a few people ask for a little more guidance on how to use BlogBooker. The video embedded below will walk you through the process of using BlogBooker with a Blogger blog.

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NYT Amazing

Dan Meyer pointed out this article. It has an interactive drawing feature before it gives you the actual graph. Brilliant edtech, or infotech, I guess. But also the information it conveys… amazing regarding education and income and inequality.

Short of it: read this article.

Intrinsic Motivation In Online Training

Intrinsic Motivation In Online Training

What is Intrinsic Motivation?
Intrinsic motivation centers on internal rewards. Rather than participating in an online training course to earn tangible rewards or to avoid a negative consequence, employees who are intrinsically motivated become active participants because they are excited about the online training experience or view it as an opportunity to learn something new and expand their…

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3 UGC secrets that drive sales, build brands and create community

The Abbi Agency is in the middle of collecting data on the life of UGC. If you are a marketer, contribute your personal experience with UGC and tell us about campaigns you’ve worked with. Two survey respondents will be randomly selected to win $100 Visa gift cards.

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Why Elon Musk's Secret School Has No Grade Levels

Why Elon Musk’s Secret School Has No Grade Levels

TO THE STARS AND BEYOND: Elon Musk revealed in an interview with Beijing Television that he has started a small, secretive school for his kids and and a few children of employees at his company, SpaceX. Named “Ad Astra” (Latin for “to the stars”), the one-year-old school has no grade levels (and cur

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Cruel Optimism in Mockingjay-Part I

By Iván Castañeda

According to Lauren Berlant, cruel optimism is defined as “a relation of attachment to compromised conditions of possibility whose realization is discovered either to be impossible, sheer fantasy, or too possible, and toxic.” In The Hunger Games we saw how hope was both manipulated and compromised, on the one hand, by President Snow (through Gamemaker Seneca Crane), and on the other by Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark themselves.

There are various strands of hope and optimism which are then developed in Catching Fire when the performativity of Katniss and Peeta as lovers is seen as a ruse by some of the population who demand “the real message,” which they putatively saw in the spectacle of the 74th Games. In Catching Fire, we see especially how Katniss is caught between her subjectivity optimism, which must continue to act out the love relationship, and the cruel reality of the consequences of dissent.

In Mockingjay - Part 1 the issue of hope and optimism is further complicated by the seemingly real hope of revolution—or is it? The issue is perhaps between the individual hope of Katniss and her family, Katniss and Gale Hawthorne, Katniss and Peeta as opposed to the collective cruel optimism of the revolution itself. Arguably, in Mockingjay - Part 1 the game becomes more “real.” There are the problematic characters President Alma Coin, Plutarch Heavensbee and Finnick Odair. Where do they stand in the spectrum of cruel optimism?