Have you ever considered using videos, images, or social media in your classroom? I know that using smartphones and social media in the classroom can be considered controversial in some school districts; but as long as teachers are staying aware and students are trained in digital citizenship, then using social media and devices should actually enhance the classroom environment. Students will likely be more engaged in their own learning, and they will be able to take ownership of their projects and other assignments.
Featured below are a few different video creators that are fun and exciting tools for you to add to your tech toolbox. Click on the links below each blurb to view examples of what can be created in each application.
Screencastify is a screencasting extension for Google Chrome. It allows you to record your screen activity for creating tutorials and runs entirely in Chrome. This opens the possibility of screencasting up to Chromebook owners too.
PRO: Super easy to use. Very little setup/training needed. Easy to share as it integrates with Google Drive and Google Classroom. Lite version is free, up to 15 minutes of video. No Java, Flash, or other plugins needed.
CON: If doing a full class screencast, all students need to be present and accounted for when recording takes place. There is no way to rerecord a portion of the audio; it is all or nothing. The finished, exported files have the Screencastify logo in the bottom left corner.
USES FOR THE CLASSROOM: Flipped classroom videos. Student created content. Professional development.
Adobe Spark allows users to create three types of content: graphics for social media, web stories, and animated videos. Overall, Spark offers users features that can’t be found free anywhere else, but probably won’t be anyone’s top pick for creating.
PRO: Allows users to quickly create animated video without needing much previous knowledge. Users can upload videos, add text and icons, and even add music and voice-overs to create an animated masterpiece.
CON: Spark is mostly limited to designs for use on social media. Very few formatting options. Only available on iPad.
USES FOR THE CLASSROOM: Video journal/blog. Creative presentations for all subjects. Vocabulary practice. Language acquisition. Creative storytelling.
Flipagram is a simple tool for creating and sharing presentations. Students can use it as a digital storytelling tool or to showcase their work. Flipagram encourages students to explore their Instagram account to see projects from others in the community.
PRO: Having access to all of your photos makes creating videos simple, and the added editing tools make it easy to customize.
CON: The lack of tutorials may make using the app difficult for some students. Students must use social media accounts to create.
USES FOR THE CLASSROOM: Science observations. Photo scavenger hunts. Creative presentations. Assess oral reading. Retell stories. Create a short instructional video.