Thursday, April 4, 2013

Three Videos Looking at Life Inside North Korea

Last month I shared five resources for teaching about the history of conflict between North and South Korea. This afternoon I spent some time looking at resources for showing students what life is like for citizens inside of North Korea. Here are few of video resources that I think are worth sharing. All three of these were produced before the death of Kim Jong Il.

Inside North Korea was produced by National Geographic Explorer. Some of the imagery may not be appropriate for use with students younger than high school age.

Snag Films is currently hosting a three part series of videos about life inside North Korea. Part one is embedded below.

Life Inside the North Korean Bubble is the title of a BBC article and fifteen minute video (viewing may be restricted in some areas) on daily life in North Korea.

Weavly Offers a Good Way to Mix Video and Audio Clips

Back in December I tried out a new video creation service called Weavly. At that time it was brand new. A few months have passed since then and Weavly has improved. Weavly still provides a simple drag and drop interface that allows you to search for, trim and combine tracks without ever leaving the Weavly site. You can mix together video and audio from YouTube, Vine, and SoundCloud. You can also add animated GIFs from Loopcam, Tumblr, and Imgur.

The first of Weavly's two big improvements is the addition of an education section that offers excellent video project ideas. The other excellent improvement is the option to register for the service without using a social media profile.

To start creating your Weavly video perform a search for video content. When you find a video clip that you like drag it to the Weavly editor where you can adjust the start and end times of the clip. Then move on to adding sounds by search for sounds and draggin them to the Weavly editor where you can again trim the start and end times. Finally, you can add some animated GIFs by searching for them and dragging them into the editor. You can repeat all of these steps as many times as you like to create your video.
Applications for Education
One of the suggestions from the Weavly teacher page is to have students create anti-bullying videos. Another possible use is to have students create short weekly news summaries by mixing together news clips from YouTube.

Convert Text to Speech With Announcify

Announcify is a free text to speech application that is available as a Chrome browser extension. With Announcify installed in your browser any time you're viewing a webpage you can simply click on the Announcify icon in your browser and have that page read to you. A bonus aspect of using Announcify is that in order to make a webpage easier to read it enlarges the text of the webpage and removes all sidebar content. Watch the Tekzilla video below to see how Announcify works.

How Far Is It To Mars? An Infographic

How Far Is It To Mars? is a neat infographic that provides a pixel scale to show you how far it is from Earth to the Moon and the distance from Earth to Mars. The infographic is a motion infographic so you have to click on it to make it move. The distances are represented by pixels. After you get to the moon on the infographic click it again then sit back and watch as it takes a while to scroll to Mars.

Applications for Education
How Far Is It To Mars? could be a nice resource for showing students the scale of the universe. You might consider pairing it with one of these five resources for showing students the scale of universe.

H/T to Cool Infographics