Friday, December 12, 2014

Student Videos X YouTube Creator Studio = CYOA Video Projects

As I wrote about in a previous post, there are two solutions to publish student video to a class YouTube channel to get their content off of their devices and shared with the world.  While the ultimate purpose of these solutions is to publish student work, there is an ulterior motive as well...linking videos together into bigger class video projects.

I wrote a few years ago about creating Choose Your Own Adventure videos and the technical process involved in creating these sorts of videos.  With the emergence of tablets and particularly iPads in the classroom, the ability for students to create video has grown exponentially as in many situations every student now has an iPad and a mobile video creation device as their disposal.

When we combine the ability for students to create video, share via Google Drive and publish directly to a class YouTube channel, the capacity to create CYOA videos also grows.

The Process:

Step 1: Students create video content (iMovie, Explain Everything, Tellagami, etc...)

Step 2: Students upload video to a Google Drive folder shared with their teacher.

Step 3: Teacher uploads video to a class YouTube channel via YouTube Capture on an iPad

Step 4: Link student videos together with the Annotation tool in the YouTube Creator Studio.

NOTE - the linking process has to be completed on a computer.

While there are a few technical hurdles to overcome with this process, the final product can be a powerful collaborative video project that either includes the entire class or a small group of students that have all created & uploaded their videos.

Publishing to YouTube - Two Classroom Solutions

It can be challenging to have students publish their video work to YouTube.  They might not have YouTube accounts or YouTube could be turned off in the student Google Apps domain.  There are two viable solutions to this problem.

Solution 1: Post to a Class (Teacher) YouTube Channel via Email

Process: In the settings of every YouTube channel is an email address associated with the account.
To find the email address:
1. Click on Your icon
2. Click on the settings Gear
3. Find the email in the Mobile Uploads section

Solution 2: Google Drive & YouTube Capture (via iPad)

The process below can be used when students do not have email turned on in the Google Apps domain and when the videos are larger in length (as compared the the email upload limit in option 1)

Once videos are uploaded to the class YouTube channel they can be shared publicly on a class website, blog or twitter account.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Touchcast vs. Explain Everything

I've been meaning to explore Touchcast for some time and finally found a few minutes the other day to create a short test project.

The video below was created by first capturing video on an iPad of me discussing the upcoming iPad Summit in San Diego, CA.  With the video on the camera roll, I was able to import it into Touchcast and add their "vApps" that essentially act as small pop ups that can be timed to appear at any point as layers on top of the original footage.

I found the interface to be relatively intuitive and easy to create with.  However, there is one significant limitation at this point to Touchcast with regards to publishing.  When one is done creating, the final product is published to a Touchcast channel that limits total video upload storage to 60 minutes.  While I find the tool to be powerful, this is a major concern and I wanted to find out if there was another way to create this sort of video without any upload restrictions and ideally, with the ability to export to the camera roll for complete ownership and control over the final destination.

Below is the Touchcast version...

Based on my desire to figure out an alternative approach that would allow for:
- Export to camera roll
- Multiple Publishing Options
- No Sign in Required

I begin experimenting with Explain Everything and the ability to import existing video and record / annotate on top of the video while screencasting.

The process tool just a few attempts to figure out, but ultimately I found it easier to create than Touchcast.  (Full disclosure - I use Explain Everything way to often).

The process in Explain Everything:
1. Import the existing video, resize and lock into place

2. Record the screen and play the video.  This create the baseline video that you will use to then layer additional pop-up elements which will act in a similar fashion to the Touchcast vApps.

3. When you are ready to add layered, pop-up elements, switch the recording feature to blend new recordings with existing recordings.  This can be done by tapping the small arrow icon next to the timer and switching it to the mixed arrow icon.

4. Scroll the time slider to the point where you want the pop-up to appear, add the image from the camera roll and press record.  The embedded video should play back while you can move and manipulate the layered image.

5. Stop the recording, scroll to the next scene and repeat step 4.

6. Export to the camera roll, YouTube or Vimeo

Explain Everything version:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Keynote X Google: Creating & Sharing Presentations on an iPad

While the Google Slides app finally appeared in the App Store, the fact is the app is basically useless with regards to creating presentations on an iPad. While working on a presentation tonight in Keynote on my iPad, I stumbled across a workflow that at first seemed completely useless. I quickly realized it may end up being extremely helpful for both teachers and students.

The process:

Why should anyone use this workflow:

  1. Teachers can create slides on their iPad with Keynote, export to Drive (Slides), convert to Slides format for later editing from their computer, to present in class or to share with their students through a Google drive folder.
  2. Students can create slides on their iPad with Keynote, export to Drive (Slides), convert to Slides format to share for group collaboration or to share with a teacher or even turn in through Google Classroom.
  3. This workflow process allows presentations created on an iPad to be backed up in Google Drive, edited for future use or even exported back to Keynote for presenting from an iPad.

In the vein of my last post (see the update), while this workflow may help with technical processes, the most important idea to consider is what sorts of ideas may students be asked to present about using this workflow? What questions might we ask them to tackle and present on to their peers.



Thursday, October 2, 2014

Developing an Idea on Twitter X Bringing Images to Life with iPads

Please see the update to this post below...

It started with an innocent enough tweet from @PutmanLauren

The ideas was to have students create art in a similar style as the Animated Greek Vases video...and the process of developing and hashing out an idea on twitter had begun.  Lauren and I went back and forth with variations on an approach that would allow students to use iPads to bring old images, paintings and photographs to life.  While I think the final concept is a valuable one that can be used in a number of classrooms, what I find more helpful is the process of collaborating with someone via social media to develop an idea. 

The process of developing this idea progressed through a number of stage and back and forth tweets:

Along the way, we were also creating small examples of the concept that could eventually be used in the classroom by students to bring old images of photographs to life:

Version 1: My idea of using Explain Everything to crop out and enlarge heads that could be moved slightly when students want to narrate and bring a character to life. (Note - no audio)

Version 2: Lauren's version using ChatterPix to have the mouth of each character from the image move while being narrated. (Note - no audio)

Version 3: My version using a combination of Explain Everything to enlarge the heads, and ChatterPix to create the mouth animation during narration. (Note - no audio)

Here is a quick guide I created to make this sort of video.  Again, while the I find the technical process and the final product to have great potential in the classroom, it was the back and forth interaction, the hashing out of an idea and the process of creating a new concept that demonstrates the potential of using social media to develop and grow a small seed of an idea...

Update: I enjoy working through technical process like the one described above for a few reasons.  I enjoy what I consider to be problem solving with the purpose of allowing for another layer of creativity and creation.  However, I know that the ultimate purpose of the sort of activity outlined in this blog post is not the ultimate purpose or goal.  Ultimately, the most critical aspect of this sort of work is to provide or work with students to create challenging questions and have them develop the ability to both answer the questions and develop new ones while working through the process.  It was thanks to a recent blog post by Rafranz Davis that I added this update and because of her post I will do two things:

1. Continue to create and share these sorts of concepts online, a place where they are best shared.  Anyone can find, modify, use and build off of the ideas.  Ultimately I hope that once the technical concept is out of the way, the real discussion begins.  A discussion about student thinking, problem solving and problem creating.

2. I will make an effort to add an element to my blog posts that typically focus on technical processes, with a discussion about how the process outlined can play a beneficial role in developing students that can address questions, express understanding of complex ideas and create models to demonstrate their thinking.  Ultimately with the goal to have them consider and develop more complex questions.  
Thanks Rafranz

This #appsmashing concept and many more will be explored at my EdTechTeacher iPad Summit pre-conference workshop in Boston this November! Join me for a full day of hands on exploration of multimedia creation with iPads.