Thursday, April 4, 2013

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

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

How To Subscribe to New Blogs in Feedly

When Google announced that Google Reader will be closed on July 1 my recommendation to you was to give Feedly a try. Feedly is a great service for reading your favorite RSS feeds on your iPad, Android device, or in your web browser. Feedly will import all of your Google Reader subscriptions for you. If you want to subscribe to more blogs after the import is complete, follow the directions below. These directions work when you're using your web browser to read Feedly. (Click the images to view them full size).

Step 1: Sign into your Feedly account then click "add content" in the upper left corner.

Step 2: Search for a blog.

Step 3: Add the subscription to a category folder.

How to Embed Interactive ThingLink Images Into a Blog Post

Yesterday, in Four Good Ways to Use Media In Your Classroom Blog I mentioned embedding ThingLink images into your posts. Tara Weegar just asked me on Twitter how to do this and I'm sure there are others wondering about the same thing. Since it's kind of hard to describe in 140 characters I've put together some screenshots of the process. (click the screenshots to view them full size)

Step 1: After signing into your ThingLink account and uploading a picture, hover over the corner of the image and click on "share image."

Step 2: Copy the embed code and paste it into your blog post.

Step 3: If you want visitors to your blog to add pinmarks to the image open the "edit" menu on the right side of the screen.

Step 4: Choose the permissions for your image.