I spent the weekend researching how to create dynamic How-To YouTube videos using Screenflow. Screenflow is screencasting and video editing software for Macs. I purchased the software this morning for $139.99 through the App Store.
Things I need to make high quality professional style videos…
Logitech C920 webcam
Blue Yeti USB microphone
Lighting – 2 umbrella light Kit
Green screen paper
Things I found out about the importance of Thumbnails and Keywords…
After uploading your video, it is very important to create an engaging thumbnail in order to grab people’s attention. Canva is a great program for this as it has many logos, interesting graphics and fonts. Create a consistent thumbnail image for your videos in order to create a “brand” for yourself. If your thumbnails look similar it looks more professional. Also, when you are watching a video in YouTube there is a list of videos along the right hand side of the website offering similar videos you may be interested to watch. Most people will watch several videos on a topic they are investigating. Underneath the thumbnail you will write a description for your video. When describing your video put the most important keywords at the beginning. This will help people find your videos by moving you higher in the search results for those keywords.
Here are a list of short-term goals I want to accomplish…
Create a banner for my YouTube Channel
Create an opening for my videos. Fiverr.com is a good site if you want to hire someone for a cheap price to create an opening for you.
Learn to use Screenflow and use it to create my first how-to video
Reach 100 subscribers so that I can change the name of my channel
It is about “Context”
Here is a really important tip that I learned from DottoTech. Most content has already been published. What is important is “context”. This means people are interested in viewing the information reflected through your experience. More specifically, how I use technology to assist myself and my students in the classroom. I have found that teachers like easy to follow, step-by-step instructions when trying to learn new software or piece of technology.
• Designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog
• Students publish posts and participate in academic discussions within a secure classroom blogging community
• Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs
Kidblog recently redesigned their website. This lesson has been redesigned (Sept 2016) with new screenshots and instructions to reflect the changes to their website
Applications for Kidblog.org
• Create classroom discussions
• Learn digital citizenship
• Practice writing skills
• Create an e-portfolio
• Reflect on learning
• Formatively assess writing
Edmodo recently redesigned their website. Edmodo is a Virtual Learning Environment. It allows for secure social networking within classrooms. Teachers and students can post a variety of information (assignments, questions, polls etc.). The interface is similar to Facebook.
Last week I completely redesigned my Edmodo teacher guide with new screenshots and instructions to reflect the changes to their website. This new guide explains…
I developed an activity today that shows students how to create a Minion using Shapes in Google Drive Drawings. This is a fun activity that allows students to learn more about Google Drive Drawings while creating an amusing Minions picture. I used it with my Grade 9 Computers class and they loved it! They were very engaged and it would definitely be a great activity for elementary students as well!
Topics/Skills Covered in this Activity
• Finding the Shape Button
• Using a Variety of Shapes
• Moving / Rotating Shapes
• Coloring Shapes
• Copy/Paste Shapes
• Putting Shapes Together to Make a Picture
I attended the Connect Technology Conference (Canada’s Learning and Technology Conference) this week in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This was my second time attending this amazing EdTech event. There were many dynamic speakers and topics but the two tools I was most eager to investigate were Google Hangouts and Skype in the Classroom. I have already blogged about Skype and will post about Google Hangouts in the near future. I experimented with Google Hangouts with three classes today and had to work through a few challenges, mainly with adding students, before we were able to get it running properly. I definitely think this tool would work best with small groups, rather than the whole class, which I attempted today.
Random Name Picker is a free tool from Classtools.net. This game can be used to select students for class discussions, presentations, or group projects. English teachers can use this game for helping students with creative writing: choosing names for stories; creating character sketches based on names, writing scripts etc,.
This guide provides step-by-step instructions for adding student names, playing, saving and sharing the game.
Click New to load your class names…
2. Click Save this list as currently shown.
3. Choose a Password
4. Copy your unique URL address somewhere.
5. Click to Spin to begin playing the game to select a name
Click on the link below to download a free PDF guide for using the Random Name Picker Game
• Graphic Novel Creator!
• Choose backgrounds, characters and props
• Add dialogue, captions and special effects
• It only takes a few seconds to sign up with Comic Master and use this program for FREE!
• Save and print finished Comics