Showing posts with label jaycut. Show all posts
Showing posts with label jaycut. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Get Your JayCut Videos Before They're Gone

Last July one of my favorite online video creation tools, JayCut, was bought out by RIM (BlackBerry). At the time JayCut stopped accepting new users but did allow existing users to continue to use the service. Today, I got an email informing me that as of January 31, 2012 JayCut will cease to support free user accounts. If you have been using JayCut for video projects, download your videos before January 31, 2012 or you will lose them. Click here to find directions for downloading your videos from JayCut.

A couple of alternatives to JayCut that I like are and Creaza Education.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

JayCut Bought Out by RIM (Blackberry)

I've promoted the heck out of JayCut since it launched in it's current version in early 2010. I've had my students create short documentary videos by using JayCut, I've shown it off in-person to a couple thousand educators, and even co-developed a video creation contest featuring JayCut. And now like so many other awesome online tools, JayCut has been acquired by a bigger company.

On Friday JayCut announced that they have been bought by RIM (Blackberry) and as of now they are not accepting new registrations. If you have an existing JayCut account you can still log-in and download your videos. It appears that the JayCut tools will live-on in some form as a Blackberry app, but as of now it's not clear what that form will look like or cost. My advice to those of you who have content in JayCut, download it now before it's gone.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Video Project Suggestions

As I announced last month, Next Vista for Learning and Free Technology for Teachers have partnered to create and host the Made in the Cloud Video Contest. The contest is still open to teachers and students. To help you get started I created a series of videos about making videos with JayCut. To further help you along here are some video topic ideas. For full contest details, click here.

For Teachers:
Advice for people entering the profession.
A favorite strategy for teaching arithmetic.
Advice for teachers changing schools or grade levels.
A favorite strategy for motivating students.
A favorite strategy for fostering conversation with parents.

For Students:
A favorite mathematics trick.
A review of a favorite educational app or website.
A review of a favorite book.
A strategy for learning vocabulary.
A strategy or app for keeping track of assignments.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

How to Create a Movie Using JayCut

Yesterday I announced that Free Technology for Teachers and Next Vista for Learning had partnered to create the first Made in the Cloud Video Contest. At the end of that announcement I mentioned that my free ebook Making Videos on the Web offers instructions on how to use some web-based tools to create videos. Included in that ebook are directions for using JayCut to create a video. To further enhance those directions, I've created a series of JayCut tutorial videos. The videos are embedded below.

JayCut how to, part 1.

JayCut how to, part 2.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Making Videos on the Web - Updated for 2011

Eleven months ago I published a free ebook titled Making Videos on the Web. In that time a couple of the resources featured in that guide have changed. One, Memmov, has gone offline and the other JayCut has matured. In this updated version of Making Videos on the Web I've included forty step-by-step directions for creating videos using JayCut.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Can Your Classmates Learn from Your Work?

This week the students in my global studies course finished up the short informational videos that they were creating about Egypt and Libya. Overall, they did a bang-up job. (We'll be making some of the videos public later this week). One part of the grades for their videos was "can your classmates learn from your work?" Because these videos were intended to be informational videos, the answer should be yes. Rather than just answering that question hypothetically, I had the students "hit the streets" so to speak to find out if people could learn from their videos.

The Process
Three weeks ago my students put together a seven question survey about current events in Libya and Egypt. They used a Google Form to make it easier to summarize the data they collected. Then I sent them off with their netbooks to survey students and staff throughout the school. They surveyed people in the cafeteria, in study halls, and in the library. When they finished we looked at the data and realized that many of the people in our school were not sure where Libya and Egypt are and what was going on in those countries.

Because we don't have access to iMovie or Windows Movie Maker, my students used JayCut to create their short (3-5 minute) informational videos. The videos had to provide answers to each of the survey questions. When their videos were done we watched them in class before going out to the cafeteria, study halls, and library to show them to other students. After watching the videos my students asked their viewers to take the survey again to see if their viewers actually did learn something from watching the video.

How do you assess student video creation projects? Please leave a comment.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A New Student Video Contest Hosted by Next Vista

Next Vista, a moderated video sharing site for students, recently announced the launch of another student video contest. The contest is called the Nebraska 90 Video Contest. The "Nebraska" part of the title reflects that the winners of the contest will be chosen live at the Nebraska Educational Technology Association's annual conference (I'll be presenting there too). The "90" part of the title reflects that submissions need to be 90 seconds or less. The video should demonstrate and or explain an academic concept that students are likely to encounter in elementary school, middle school, or high school. Contest entries are due by Monday, April 18. Read all of the contest rules here.

Click here to watch one of the videos that was a finalist in the previous Next Vista video contest.

Applications for Education
One of my US History classes just started work on a project in which they are each making a short video about the US government's policies toward Native Americans. Entering this contest might give my students a little extra incentive to put their best editing efforts forward. My students are using JayCut to create their videos, but there are plenty of other ways to make videos using web-based tools.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

11 Ed Tech Things I Got Excited About in 2010

It's that time of year when we take a look back at the last year. In 2010 I've written more than 1300 blog posts. Some of the things that I wrote about I got really excited about and couldn't type fast enough to share with all of you. Here are eleven ed tech things that I got excited about in 2010. (There are actually more than eleven, but I wanted to keep this post to a manageable length).

Mashpedia is an interesting service that matches reference articles from Wikipedia to materials from other sources like YouTube, Flickr, Twitter, Digg, and the web in general. The purpose of drawing materials from multiple sources is to provide users with a comprehensive view of current news stories and reference topics.

Wikipedia, somewhat unfairly, too often gets bad-mouthed by educators that don't understand how the content on it is updated and edited by a community of users. Because of that lack of understanding some educators don't allow students to access Wikipedia at all and are therefore depriving students of a general reference. Common Craft has a video that those educators should watch. Wikipedia Explained by Common Craft uses Common Craft's In Plain English style to explain how Wikipedia works. The video explains how Wikipedia entries are written, updated, verified, and maintained. Watch the video on Common Craft.

ZooBurst is a new website that offers an exciting free service. ZooBurst allows users to create 3D pop-up books using nothing more than public domain clip art and ZooBurst's web-based editing tools. Users can view ZooBurst 3D books in augmented reality by enabling their webcams (click webcam mode) then clicking the ZB button present on each story.

Hoppala is an augmented reality layer creation service that launched late last week. Creating an augmented reality layer is essentially a drag and drop process when using Hoppala. Watch the video here to learn more about creating augmented reality content using Hoppala.
Hoppala could be a great tool for students to use to develop augmented walking tours of their communities. Augmented reality layers could also be developed to complement the content of stories that students write. For example, if students write a story based in their communities they could then create a physical walk-through of that story supplemented with augmented reality layers.

Sweet Search is a search engine that searches only the sites that have been reviewed and approved by a team of librarians, teachers, and research experts. In all there are 35,000 websites that have been reviewed and approved by Sweet Search. In addition to the general search engine, Sweet Search offers five niche search engines. The niche search engines are for Social Studies, Biographies, SweetSites (organized by grade and subject area), School Librarians, and Sweet Search 4 Me (for elementary school students).

Wetoku is a free service for quickly conducting, recording, and sharing video interviews using your webcam. To conduct an interview just log-in to your account, click "start new interview," and send the invitation link to whomever you want to interview. Wetoku records the videos from both participants in the interview. When you embed the recording, the videos of both participants appear side by side. If you want to make your videos password protected, Wetoku gives you that option.

DROPitTOme is a free service that works with Drop Box to allow people to upload files to your Drop Box account without giving them access to the contents of your Drop Box account. For those not familiar with Drop Box it is a service that provides 2GB of free online file storage (by the way, that's way more than the 100mb offered). You can access your Drop Box from any computer and most mobile devices. You can also sync it across multiple computers.  Learn more about Drop Box in this video.  DROPitTOme works by synchronizing with your Drop Box account. After connecting the two services DROPitTOme provides a url that you can give to others to upload files to your Drop Box account. You must specify a password that has to be entered before an upload can take place. Give the url and password to those people you want to be able to upload files to your Drop Box account. Learn more about DROPitTOme in this video.

In late spring 2010 Google announced that more features would be coming to Google Apps for Education. In November those features were finally made available. Now nearly all of Google's tools can now be integrated into your Google Apps for Education account. This means that if there is a Google tool that you want the users in your Google Apps for Education domain to use, you can add it in. Learn more in the video here.

App Inventor for Android makes it possible for people without any coding skills to develop applications for Android-powered phones. Initially available to a select group of early adopters, App Inventor for Android was opened to the world earlier this month. App Inventor for Android is a drag and drop program for developing Android applications. Even if you don't have an Android-powered phone, you can still develop an application using the emulator built into App Inventor for Android. App Inventor for Android provides detailed step-by-step directions for building your first application. Watch the video here to see the App Inventor in action.

In the spring of 2010 JayCut relaunched its free, online, video editing service. JayCut has elements of iMovie and Movie Maker in a free online application. JayCut is free to use and your final product can be downloaded to your local computer. Here are some of the highlights of the JayCut editor:
  • Every element of your video can be added through simple drag and drop motions. The play length of each element in your video can be shortened or lengthened by simply dragging the ruler tools.
  • JayCut's API is free and allows you to put the JayCut video editor on your own website. Using their API you can install JayCut's video editor on your PHP-based website. JayCut offers step-by-step directions for installing their video editor on your website.
  • JayCut has options for adding slow motion effects, direct recording from your webcam, a green screen, and color editing.

The Google Apps Marketplace opened to everyone in March. Thanks to Fred Delventhal, one of the first apps that I learned was in the Marketplace is Aviary. Aviary offers free, web-based, image editing services and sound editing services. By offering their services for free in the Google Apps Marketplace, Aviary is allowing anyone using Google Apps for Domains (either education or enterprise editions) to integrate Aviary services into the Google services they're already using. When added to your Apps, Aviary will appear in your list of Google Apps services just like Docs, Reader, and all of your other favorite Google tools. Please note, to install Aviary from the Google Apps Marketplace you must have administrative rights to your domain.
So what ed tech things did you get excited about in 2010?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

JayCut to Add Drawing Tools & More Languages

I've been talking about JayCut quite a bit this year because I think that it is a great free alternative to iMovie and Movie Maker. In the next couple of weeks my special education students will be using it to edit Common Craft style videos. Recently, JayCut announced a couple of new features to be on the look-out for in the near future. JayCut will be introducing a drawing tool that will enable users to to draw on the images they upload to the editor. JayCut will also be introducing support for ten languages in addition to English.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Making Videos on the Web
How to Put a Video Editor on Your School's Website
How To Do 11 Techy Things In the New School Year

Thursday, September 9, 2010

JayCut Adds New Video Editing Features

In my free guide Making Videos on the Web I provided some getting started directions for using JayCut's free online video editing platform. Last Saturday JayCut released version 2.1 of their free video editing platform. The new version of JayCut includes options for slow motion effects, direct recording from your webcam, a green screen, and color editing.

Back in May JayCut released a step by step guide for installing their video editor on your own server. With the release of version 2.1, JayCut updated the installation directions. You can find those updated directions here.

Applications for Education
Next week one of my US History classes will be creating short documentary videos about the causes of the American Revolution. My students will be using JayCut to create their videos. The new slow motion option should prove to be useful in synchronizing the display of images with the voice-over tracks made by my students.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Making Videos on the Web
How to Put a Video Editor on Your School's Website
How To Do 11 Techy Things In the New School Year

Saturday, May 15, 2010

How to Put a Video Editor on Your School's Website

In Making Videos on the Web I included directions for using the web-based video editor JayCut. That guide was designed for average computer-using classroom teachers, not computer science folks who enjoy tinkering. Therefore, in my guide I left out the fact that JayCut's API is free and allows you to put the JayCut video editor on your own website. Using their API you can install JayCut's video editor on your PHP-based website. Last week JayCut posted step-by-step directions for installing their video editor on your website. JayCut says you can do this in five minutes, but that assumes you have better coding knowledge and skills than I do (which is to say you have some skills).

Applications for Education
If your school district has the personell and technical resources to install the JayCut editor on your school's website, you could have a great, free, cloud-based video editor. This could mean that your students could work on video creation projects from any Internet-connected computer regardless of which operating system they're using.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

JayCut Launches New Video Editing Platform

I first learned about JayCut last summer and was actually excited about using it in my classroom as a lightweight web-based video editor, but then it went offline for a while as JayCut was retooled. Today, JayCut relaunched its free, online, video editing service. After my initial testing of JayCut I can say it was worth the wait.

To use JayCut online you will need to join the JayCut community. Once you've joined you can immediately start creating a video. The JayCut editor allows you to use two video editing tracks, an audio track, and a transitions track to create your video. JayCut provides some stock video and stock transitions that you can use, but the best option is to upload your own images, video clips, and sound tracks. By all appearances the limitation for video length is thirty minutes. The videos you create can be published online on the JayCut site, published directly to YouTube, or downloaded to your computer.

The user interface of JayCut's video editor is one of the most intuitive I've seen on a video editor. Every element of your video can be added through simple drag and drop motions. The play length of each element in your video can be shortened or lengthened by simply dragging the ruler tools.

Applications for Education
JayCut's new online video editor could be a great alternative to iMovie or Movie Maker. The clear advantage of JayCut over other online video tools like Animoto or Stupeflix is that you can add more media clips and make longer videos than you can with Animoto or Stupeflix.

Here's a quick video that I put together using audio from Sound Bible, stock video from JayCut, and some images from my computer.