This week I decided to try out some video authoring on the iPad. So I had some assignment for two of my classes one using the Animoto app, and the second using iMovie.
- Get your pictures and save them to the camera roll
- Create some images on your camera roll with some text ...they could use any apps they wanted.
- Open up Animoto app, login to the account I created. Then start by adding the pictures and putting them in the order you wish.
- Choose your music from the selections built into animoto.
- Then publish and upload it to animoto.
I ended up having many students switch over to iMovie where we had no problems...I just had to give them a quick tutorial on how to insert images and sound.
My recommendation is to NOT use the Animoto app any longer until they release an iPad only app.
I will definitely have students use iMovie again and I think their proficiency with it will make it go faster.
This week I also did some experimenting with a backchannel conversion using SoapBox. I heard about this from someone on my PLN: twitter. Anyway all I did was create a free account with Soapbox, then create a new Box for my class. Then soapbox displays an event code that students enter to join the Soapbox. Now I had students logged on to this on their iPad while we watched a video. I posted questions here as the video went along and encouraged students to chat, ask questions, and answer other students questions.
Beside a few off topic posts by students (which I could delete while the event was open) it went really well. I am going to experiment with this some more in the future and encourage more participation. One thing I liked about Soapbox was the fact that the chat was not public like twitter and is really easy to use for participants.
Well it had been a good week and as alway, I expect I will learn lots more next week.