Saturday, March 10, 2012

Make Stop-Motion Movies With JellyCam 4.0

Last spring I discovered the free stop-motion movie maker, JellyCam. I was instantly impressed by JellyCam even though at the time it had limited features beyond capturing images with a webcam and playing them back in stop-motion. JellyCam has made a couple of nice improvements in the ten months since I wrote my initial review of it.

The biggest improvement to JellyCam is the option to up include a soundtrack in your movies. When I first tried JellyCam I could only use images that you captured with my webcam while JellyCam was running. Now you I upload images that you have stored on your computer, camera, or phone. Another nice enhancement in the latest version of JellyCam is the removal of JellyCam watermarks on your videos.

JellyCam runs on the Adobe Air platform. If you don't have Adobe Air Runtime on your computer, you will be prompted by JellyCam to download it. The download is free and it takes just a couple of minutes to install.

JellyCam was created and is developed by one man. You can keep up with his latest work on JellyCam here. I like JellyCam so much that I included it in my best of the web presentation at NCTIES.

The video below will help get you started using JellyCam.

Applications for Education
One way that JellyCam could be used in the classroom is to create a time-lapse video of a lengthy process like osmosis. Take pictures of raisins in water over a period of time to create a time-lapse stop-motion video of the process of osmosis. Your students could also attempt to make a video like this one in which stop-motion is used to show how food is processed by a cow from start to finish.

Four Video Explanations of Daylight Saving Time

Tonight many of us will be turning our clocks ahead one hour. On Monday, some students may be asking why we do this. Other students, mostly teenagers, will just be complaining about the lost hour of sleep. Here are four video explanations that you can share with them. The first two I've shared before, but the second two are new to me.

Week in Review - From Flat to Flying

Good morning from Maine where signs of spring are starting to show despite the snow that is still in my yard. I've had a busy seven days since the last week in review. It started with a flat tire in the pouring rain and ended with a flight home from North Carolina where I spent three days presenting at the NCTIES conference or as Rushton Hurley called it, the Neck Ties Conference. I had the great privilege to speak to many fantastic educators and leaders in the field of educational technology. One of the highlights of the week for me was, after years of reading their works, meeting David Warlick, Tammy Worcester, and Kathy Schrock.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Khan Academy Videos Mapped to Common Core Standards
2. Is Khan Inherently Crap?
3. Bunsella Bedtime Stories - An App for Narrating Stories
4. Resources for Learning About the Iditarod
5. Use Custom HTML and Javascript in Google Sites
6. Audio Memos - A Voice Recorder for iPad & iPhone
7. 10 Awesome Android Uses & Apps for Education

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