Monday, October 8, 2012

Rutgers Riot Animated Research Tutorial

Rutgers' Riot is an animated research tutorial. It plays like a five part animated movie. Each part of the movie features characters explaining an aspect of the research process. The five parts are selecting a topic, finding sources, choosing keywords, identifying citations, and evaluating sources. There are text documents available to accompany the videos.

Applications for Education
Rutgers' animated research tutorial could be a good resource for introducing or refreshing research techniques in a clear and simple way.

Text 2 Mind Map - Type to Create a Mind Map

Text 2 Mind Map offers a great way to turn your typed outlines into mind maps. To create a mind map on Text 2 Mind Map type out an outline in the text box. After typing your outline click "draw mind map" to have your mind map created for you. If after creating your mind map you need to add more elements to just add them into your outline and click "draw mind map" again. Your mind map can be downloaded as a PDF or PNG file. The mind maps that you create on Text 2 Mind Map can also be shared via email, Facebook, or Twitter.

Applications for Education
Text 2 Mind Map bridges the gap between outlines and mind maps. If you have students who prefer to see ideas organized in an outline style they can see them on Text 2 Mind Map. If you have students who prefer to see ideas organized in a web style, they too can see them on Text 2 Mind Map.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

37 Crash Course History Videos

The last time I checked out the Crash Course history videos on YouTube they were up to 15 videos. This evening I was checking out the U.S. History Teacher's Blog where I saw that Crash Course has added some new content. Crash Course World History now has 37 videos including videos on topics in U.S. History. I've embedded their short explanation of Industrial Revolution below.

Bubble Ply - Add Stickers, Photos, & Links to Videos

Update: As of February 2013 Bubble Ply is a Facebook app. 

YouTube's video editing tools have some nice options for adding spotlights and annotations, but the special effects options are pretty limited. Take those videos a step further with Bubble Ply.  Bubble Ply is a Windows program that allows you to add a large variety of special effects to your videos. Bubble Ply allows you to add speech bubbles, stickers, photos, blocks of text, and hyperlinks to your videos. Watch the video below for a short overview of all of Bubble Ply's options.

Applications for Education
Bubble Ply could be a great little tool for enhancing raw video footage. A use for Bubble Ply in a social studies lesson could be to have students capture some rough video of important local landmarks then enhance their videos with some text and call-out bubbles.

Thanks to Jen Deyenberg for sharing Bubble Ply on Twitter last week. 

Create a Video Star on Your iPad

Video Star is a free music video creation app that I had a little fun trying out on my iPad today. To create a music video on Video Star just select a song that you have stored on your iPad then start shooting live video. The music will play for as long as you record or until the end of the song. You can also import images from your iPad to create your video. Video Star also lets you apply special effects to your video. Some of the effects that you can apply include text boxes, title boxes, frames around images, transitions, and split screens.

Your completed Video Star video can be exported to YouTube or sent to anyone via email.

Applications for Education
Video Star could be a great app for students to use to create short videos. The app is designed for fun music video projects, but it could be used for creating short documentary videos too. Have students record their own narrations and use them in Video Star with pictures about their chosen topics.