Monday, August 22, 2011

ScreenChomp - Create & Share Tutorials on Your iPad

ScreenChomp is a free app for creating and sharing short tutorials or lessons on your iPad. ScreenChomp provides a whiteboard on which you can demonstrate things by drawing and talking people through your instructions. ScreenChomp records your voice as you go. When you finish your recording share it to where a shortened URL will be provided for you to share with anyone you like. From you have the option to download recordings as MPEG-4 files.

Applications for Education
If your school has purchased iPads for your classroom, ScreenChomp could be a good app to have to students use to create and share short demonstrations of their understanding of a particular topic or concept. ScreenChomp reminds me quite a bit of Show Me so you might want to do a comparison and decide which one works best for you and your students.

H/T to Silvia Tolisano at Langwitches

Raindrops Over Rwanda

This week's Snag Learning Film of the Week is Raindrops Over Rwanda. Raindrops Over Rwanda is a twenty film documenting the causes and long-term effects of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. The film includes interviews with survivors of the violence. The video and accompanying discussion questions can be found here.
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Applications for Education
I know quite a few teachers who have shown all or parts of the theatrical production Hotel Rwanda as part of a lesson on violence caused ethnic conflict. Raindrops Over Rwanda could be a good resource for providing an overview of the conflict in Rwanda in 1994. One word of caution, some of the images in Raindrops Over Rwanda might not be appropriate for students younger than high school age.

Made in the Cloud Video Contest Finalists Announced

As you may remember, back in May Rushton Hurley and I launched the Next Vista for Learning/ Free Technology for Teachers Made In The Cloud video contest. Today, we are happy to announce the finalists for the student division and for the teacher division.

For the students, here are the four finalists:
How to Use Picnik (Capac Jr./Sr. High School, Capac, MI)
Balancing Chemical Equations (Capac Jr./Sr. High School, Capac, M)
Mathboarding (Billings Middle School, Seattle, WA)
Gentrification (Cesar Chavez Preparatory Charter School, Washington, DC)

For the teachers, here are the five finalists:
The Coordinate Plane, by Jim Yang (Yosemite Middle School, Fresno, CA)
The Water Cycle, by Emily Fitzgerald (Plattsmouth Elementary School, Plattsmouth, NE)
The Bill of Rights, by Karen Larson (St. Mary's School, Los Gatos, CA)
Water Around Us: Water in the Air, by Stacey Holder (Fairlands Elementary School, Pleasanton, CA)
Longitude and Latitude, by Joy Chien (Fallon Middle School, Dublin, CA)

The winners will be selected at the 21st Century Learning Symposium in Port Huron, Michigan, this Thursday by the attendees.