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Saturday, May 4, 2013

New Tools Added to Wideo - Create Better Animated Videos

Wideo is a video creation tool that has impressed me since the first time that I tried it in February. Last month Wideo added a voiceover option. This week Wideo added two more options that I think you'll like. Now you can quickly rearrange the sequence of the scenes in your videos through a new drag and drop scene arrangement tool. And this week Wideo added finer controls for every object in each of the scenes in your videos. Watch the videos below for short demonstrations of these new tools.

Scene arrangement.


Object control.


Storyboarding.


Applications for Education
With Wideo you could have your students creating explanatory videos in the Common Craft style. The art of Common Craft videos is the way in which confusing topics are boiled down to a concise explanation. If your students can do the same with a topic in your class, they can prove that they know the material.

The Week in Review - Time to Swim

Good morning from the Free Technology for Teachers world headquarters in Greenwood, Maine. The last few days have been gorgeous spring days. Yesterday, I took my boys (Max and Morrison) on a hike near the location of the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp. They had a great time on the trails and Max enjoyed splashing in the pond at the top of the mountain. Wherever you are this weekend, I hope that you get some time to relax and enjoy doing your favorite things. We're about to head out for another hike, but first here's the list of the most popular posts of the week.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. A Quick Round-up of New Google Drive Features
2. Three Good Ways to Use Socrative in Your Classroom
3. Three Good Ways to Use Padlet in Your School
4. A Nice Cheat Sheet for Gmail Shortcuts
5. New Webinar Course - Blogging for Teachers and School Leaders
6. Three Good Ways to Use TodaysMeet in Your Classroom
7. Ten Tools for Cropping, Resizing, and Enhancing Images Online

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