Vimeo

If you have created your own video tutorials or have created videos for your flipped classroom you may need a spot to keep all of these great resources.  Vimeo allows you to upload your content and share it with others either by sharing a link, posting to social media such as Twitter or Pinterest or even embedding videos on your blog or learning management systems.  Vimeo is easy to use and free, although you can upgrade for instant uploads and more options.  Check out the tutorial below to learn more about Vimeo.  I would love to hear about how you use Vimeo and any feedback on this or other Knack topics.

Vimeo Tutorial from stacey schuh on Vimeo.

Notability

Some time ago I was searching for an app that would allow me to import a PDF and annotate it on the iPad.  A friend of mine recommended an app called Notability, ever since I have found this to be one of my most useful apps.  Not only does Notability allow you to annotate a PDF, it also allows you to create notes that include audio.  Now this may not sound like a big deal, but this is a great way to grade student work with audio attached, how wonderful would it be to give feedback on a writing piece showing exactly what things students did well or could improve upon.  Below are some links to Notability tutorials, as always, I would love your feedback.

Notability-Adding Category and Subject from stacey schuh on Vimeo.

View all Notability videos here.

Flipping your Classroom

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Fire up conference from sschuh26

Flipping your classroom is more than just making students watch a video. Here are some resources that will help you learn more about the Flipped Classroom and web tools to help you make the most of your time.

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Flipped Learning Network-Lots of ideas and wonderful resources.

Go Animate

Want to create your own cartoon?  With Go Animate you can easily and quickly create cartoons for students on a variety of different topics. You can also have students create their own videos to share ideas or give life to writing pieces.  To show you how easy it is, I have enlisted the help of my three year old son. Below is a video we created in our dining room in about two minutes.  Please excuse the under developed plot:

Check out our Go Animate here

Go Animate Tutorial from stacey schuh on Vimeo.

Zapd

I love posting new tools for teachers, but honestly, it can sometimes be hard to find time to post new ideas on a blog or website. As a teacher, I created a blog for my students and parents, but I wasn’t great at keeping it updated. Well, fear not my teacher pals. I have an app for your use to help with this little issue. Zapd is an application for your smart phone or your iPad that allows you to instantly add content to a Zapd website. Imagine working in your classroom and taking pictures of projects, or you want to post tonight’s agenda instantly on your website. This little app lets you do that. Below I have added a video and a link to one of my Zapd posts. Feel free to leave a comment below and let me know what you think. Happy posting!

Text to Audio

Many students and parents struggle with reading, which makes it difficult for them to understand and follow written communication. vozMe is a text to audio resource that allows you to type in text and create an audio file, which then can be added to a website, emailed, or uploaded to an online classroom system such as Moodle. The great thing about vozMe is it is completely free to use and has a browser bookmarlet that allows users to highlight text on any given website and convert that text to audio. vozMe also offers different language options as well as the option to upload to Facebook and Twitter.
VozMe is just one of the text to audio converters available. Below are links to other text to audio converters. I would love to hear how you are using this resource in your classroom.vozMe Video Review
Text to Audio Converters:

Jing-Screencasting

I discovered Jing a few years ago from an instructor at MSU. This is one tool I can’t live without and it has helped me both inside and outside the classroom. Jing is a program that allows you to create videos of what you are doing on your desktop or laptop. In the past, I have used Jing to give feedback on student’s written work, how to access a website, and for all of my video tutorials. The nice thing about Jing is that it is free and it keeps you to a five minute limit. I once heard that if anything is more than five minutes, it should not be in a video tutorial. This was helpful when giving students feedback, be short and to the point. Now, if you would like to create videos that are longer than five minutes, there is a paid version. Below is a video tutorial (using Jing) about Jing, as well as a link to their site. I would love to hear about how you are utilizing Jing in your own classrooms. If you have any questions let me know.

Marzano Strategy Connection: Objectives and feedback, Homework and Practice, Non-linguistic Representations

Introduction to Jing

Jing Features

How Jing is being used in the classroom

Download Jing Here