We often think of a tablet as a device for consuming content. Something that lets you watch a movie, read a book, or play a game. One of the most engaging tasks you can give a student is to become a creator. This might mean that they design an experiment, write a book or even make a movie. All of these tasks require higher order thinking and give you a chance to assess student understanding.

There are lots of ways that teens can create their own videos but a handful of iPad apps make this process manageable for both teachers and students. With these dynamic tools, teens have the power to tell a story. Whether they are recounting historical events, filming a public service announcement, or publishing a video tutorial for solving a math problem, the iPad is a wonderful tool for student learning.

iMovie

One of the most powerful apps in the iWork suite is iMovie. This creation app is perfect for teens and teachers who want to create their own videos. It gives users the option to work off of templates to drag and drop their own content. Students can place music and audio tracks over pictures and add titles and effects to each clip. iMovie also has the option to create trailers which can be a fun option for students looking to demonstrate their understanding of a topic by using a familiar video format. Although iMovie has plenty of high quality features it won’t be overwhelming for new users who can follow along with the instructions on the screen to create a simple or complex final product.

ChatterPix Kids

This user-friendly iPad app might look a little elementary but it’s a great choice for middle school and high school students. Teens can grab a picture from the Internet and save it to their camera roll or snap a photograph of a primary source document. With ChatterPix Kids, students will slice a mouth on an image of a person and record their voice speaking through them. The video they create with this app can be used by students to explore a historical figure’s perspective or give a voice to a character in a book.

Stop Motion Studio

If you want to give students a few options when completing a research project on a topic, you might want to include Stop Motion Studio on their list.  This app lets teens create stop motion videos and is perfect for storytelling.  Your students can recreate an event from world history or show how two historical figures interacted with one another. This app gives teens the power to demonstrate their understanding of a topic while they move figurines across a tabletop.

The iPad is a wonderful creation tool that can be used throughout the content areas.  Your students can use video apps to show off what they have learned about a topic as opposed to writing traditional reports.  With these engaging apps you’ll transform how students interact with content and how you assess student understanding.

Have you used video creation apps with students?  Share your experiences below!

Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

Teachers working with middle school and high school students know how powerful a video can be as a tool to grab the attention of their students. Multimedia can be used to hook students at the beginning of a lesson or refocus them during the middle of a lecture. Videos are great for bringing the content in a Science or Social Studies textbook to life. There are tons of resources available for locating and sharing videos with your students. These apps give you the option to search for clips or full episodes of programming. You’re sure to find something that you can use to energize your lessons.

If you want up to date videos that show radar maps and news broadcasts of weather in a particular region download The Weather Channel app. You’ll be able to share up to the minute reports with students and engage them in conversations about weather patterns and the impact natural disasters have on a geographic region.

The History Channel’s iPad app is another great choice for finding clips that connect to your curriculum. They have videos on a wide range of content that works well with middle and high school students. This app contains popular television shows in addition to documentaries. You may find that one of the reality shows relates to a particular unit of study and is perfect for getting your students interested in a topic they would normally find boring.

The Smithsonian Channel has a great app for accessing content on the go. You can search through their videos and pull your favorites onto a channel that is designed just for you.  If your classroom is equipped with an Apple TV you can use AirPlay mode to push content straight to your projection screen for students to watch as a whole class. They’ll let you look through videos in particular categories and even sign up for notifications that tell you when new content has been added to the app.

When you’re introducing new regions to your students in a Social Studies class you may want to show a clip from the Travel Channel’s app. There is a wide range of options for you to pick from but one nice feature is the ability to search by region. Instead of looking through shows with titles you may be unfamiliar with, tap on Costa Rica, Sydney or New Orleans to find a clip that tells a story related to a particular region.

After deciding which app you want to explore, remember that you’ll want to preview the content you’ll show to students to make sure that it is appropriate. If the wireless connection at your school isn’t very strong you may decide to save a video for offline viewing if the app gives you that option. Don’t forget that you’ll either need to mirror your iPad screen to your computer or use a special cord to connect your iPad to your classroom’s projector.

Do you have a favorite video streaming app to use on iPads? Share it in the comments below!

Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

ChannelOne.com has lots of resources that can help students with their homework. Have you looked through the Video Library? It is full of videos that teens can use as they tackle after-school assignments. The Video Library organizes clips by “newest first” so it’s easy to find reports on important world events and hot topics. Kids can locate videos on a wide range of topics and access content related to their work in school. It’s also a great place to send students to gather information on a topic or answer questions they have about current events.

Everyday Assignments

The Video Library on ChannelOne.com can give students an overview of topics so they are better informed and ready to complete their homework. For example, if they have to write about Syria as part of a current events assignment, a quick search of the Video Library will give them a few clips to watch. Students will build their background knowledge on the subject and be ready to answer questions about chemical warfare and the political climate of the country.

Research Projects

For teens working on research projects the Video Library on ChannelOne.com can help them locate information. Students can type in a keyword in the search function or look through different categories or tags to learn more about a subject. Watching a news program that combines high quality reporting with video is a great way to help students stay informed on a subject. It will keep them interested in the topic while they make sense of the information they’ve gathered from other sources. When assigning a research report to students you can require them to include video clips in their bibliography to show that they were able to use a variety of sources. EasyBib.com has a guide for citing video clips like the ones featured on ChannelOne.com.

Flipped Learning

Many teachers are exploring the idea of the flipped classroom and the Video Library at ChannelOne.com can help educators choose the right clips to assign to students. In the flipped classroom model, teachers assign videos for students to watch at home so when they come to class they are prepared to talk about the subject. These clips can include lectures, tutorials or any media that presents content. Teachers can assign ChannelOne.com news clips for kids to watch at home or during a free period as part of their homework. If this happens outside of the classroom, teachers can use their face-to-face time with students for whole group discussions, group work and partner activities.

Video Transcripts

Each clip in the ChannelOne.com Video Library includes a full transcript from that segment. Videos offer a unique way to learn about a subject and the transcript will help teens follow along and learn new vocabulary words by reviewing them in context. The ability to pause a clip to take notes or refer to the transcript included with each video post will help students as they get ready to write and report about a topic.

Have you asked students to watch videos at home? How has the Video Library fit into your student’s afterschool routine? Share your story in the comments section.

Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Brown can’t avoid trouble.

Following a bizarre, hours-long stand-off with police, the “No Air” and “Kiss Kiss” singer was arrested Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a woman called for help from a gathering at his home.

The arrest, which occurred outside the view of several news helicopters that swirled overhead and throngs of camera crews gathered at the bottom of Brown’s hilltop estate, marked the conclusion of nearly 14-hour-long stand-off and investigation by police.

Los Angeles police spokesman Lt. Chris Ramirez said officers first responded to Brown’s property in the Tarzana neighborhood of Los Angeles around 3 a.m. He did not identify the woman, elaborate on the assistance she needed or know if she was injured.

However, model Baylee Curran told the Los Angeles Times that Brown pointed a gun at her face. She said Brown and another man became angry with her when she admired the man’s diamond necklace. Curran said she and her friend ran outside as one of Brown’s associates gave chase and hid under a neighbor’s SUV.

The model, who hasn’t responded to requests for comment from The Associated Press, also told TMZ she’s visited Brown’s home in the past and never encountered any trouble.

Brown later posted rambling messages on social media Tuesday morning proclaiming his innocence and rebuffing reports that he barricaded himself in his “palace.”

“Y’all gonna stop playing with me like I’m the villain out here, like I’m going crazy,” he said in one Instagram video, waving a cigarette and looking at the camera. “When you get the warrant or whatever you need to do, you’re going to walk right up in here and you’re going to see nothing. You idiots.”

Apparently, the police saw something.

Brown’s attorney, Mark Geragos, arrived at the house before police served a search warrant around 1 p.m. Geragos, who has not responded to AP’s request for comment, stayed on the property until about 5 p.m. when Brown was transported for booking downtown.

The stand-off and subsequent media attention provided a chaotic scene in the balmy and typically quiet neighborhood of Tarzana as police closed off nearby streets and rerouted traffic.

Throughout the afternoon, several of Brown’s associates descended to the street below Brown’s estate. They declined to identify themselves or answer questions from the media about what occurred. In some instances, the men were belligerent, flashing obscene hand gestures and grabbing recording equipment.

The incident is the latest in a series of missteps for Brown, who has been in repeated legal trouble since his felony conviction in the 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, ahead of the Grammys. Last year, he completed his probation in that case last.

In 2013, Brown struck a man outside a Washington, D.C., hotel and was charged with misdemeanor assault. The singer was ordered into rehab but was dismissed from the facility for violating its rules.

Brown spent 2½ months in custody, with U.S. marshals shuttling him between Los Angeles and the nation’s capital for court hearings.

In another incident while in treatment, Brown was accused of throwing a brick at his mother’s car following a counseling session. It came after Brown completed court-ordered anger management classes.

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Associated Press writers Christopher Weber and Sandy Cohen contributed to this story.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a police response at the Los Angeles home of singer Chris Brown (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Los Angeles police say they’ve arrested singer Chris Brown on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.

Police Lt. Chris Ramirez says Brown was arrested Tuesday and was being taken to downtown Los Angeles for booking.

The arrest came after a lengthy search of Brown’s home.

Brown says in video posts on Instagram that he’s innocent and rebutted reports that he had barricaded himself in his home.

Baylee Curran told the Los Angeles Times that Brown pointed a gun at her face in his home early Tuesday. She says another man at his home and Brown became angry with her when she admired the man’s diamond necklace.

Curran hasn’t responded to requests for comment from The Associated Press.

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1:15 p.m.

Police say singer Chris Brown has come out of his Los Angeles home after officers responding to a woman’s call for help served a search warrant.

The development ended a standoff that began hours earlier Tuesday when the woman called from outside the home. Police said she was not inside the home in the San Fernando Valley.

Police Lt. Chris Ramirez says about a half-dozen people were escorted out of the residence and will be interviewed.

Ramirez says nobody has been arrested and everyone has been cooperative.

Brown posted videos to social media declaring his innocence before his lawyer Mark Geragos arrived.

Brown has been in repeated legal trouble since his felony conviction in the 2009 assault of his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.

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10:25 a.m.

Chris Brown is posting online videos declaring his innocence as police seek a warrant to search the singer’s home after receiving a call from a woman there seeking assistance.

Officials said the call came early Tuesday from outside the residence in the Tarzana neighborhood. They didn’t say what assistance the woman needed.

In one Instagram video Brown, waving a cigarette and looking at the camera, says if and when police get the search warrant, they’ll find nothing at the home. He dismissed TV reports that he was barricaded inside.

Officials say detectives hope to talk to Brown, the woman, and any witnesses.

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9:45 a.m.

Authorities say officers responded to singer Chris Brown’s Los Angeles home after a woman called police seeking assistance.

Police Lt. Chris Ramirez told reporters that the call came early Tuesday from outside the residence in the Tarzana neighborhood.

Ramirez didn’t say what assistance the woman needed. He says detectives hope to talk to Brown, the woman, and any witnesses.

Officer Lyle Knight tells The Associated Press that police are waiting for a judge to approve a search warrant for the home in the San Fernando Valley area.

Multiple police vehicles are parked at the scene.

Calls to representatives for Brown were not immediately returned.

The Grammy-winning singer has had multiple run-ins with law enforcement. He spent six years on probation after pleading guilty to attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

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9:36 a.m.

Los Angeles police have been called to singer Chris Brown’s home.

Officer Lyle Knight says officers responded early Tuesday to the house in the Tarzana neighborhood.

Knight had no immediate information about what prompted the call.

Television news showed several police cars parked outside the property in the San Fernando Valley area.