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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Texas college student stranded for five days near the Grand Canyon says she was making farewell videos for her family as she grew desperate for help.
Arizona authorities say 24-year-old Amber VanHecke was well-equipped and did everything right after getting lost in a remote area during a solo road trip.
VanHecke said in a Facebook post that she was heading to a hiking trail but was led astray by her maps app and wound up in the middle of nowhere with an empty gas tank.
She told ABC’s Good Morning America that she even tried to chase down a truck to no avail.
“I was panicking and crying and sobbing. I was a mess,” VanHecke told the show.
VanHecke said nobody had reported her missing because of a miscommunication with her family.
VanHecke didn’t have cell phone access. She made large help signs and even tried to start a signal fire, but couldn’t.
She eventually hiked for miles to a spot where she had a signal, although the call dropped before Arizona authorities could trace her location.
Still, rescuers had an idea about where she might be, the Arizona Department of Public Safety said. Rescuers were able to spot her abandoned car using a search helicopter.
VanHecke had left signs on the car detailing where she was headed in search of cell phone signal, and rescuers eventually found her.
VanHecke was treated at a Flagstaff hospital for exposure but is now back in Texas, where she is a student at the University of North Texas.
“Five days ago I thought I was gonna die in the desert and now I’m trying to go to class,” she said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the upcoming health care vote in the House (all times local):
President Donald Trump wants the House to vote on the health care bill, and Republicans say a vote will occur Friday.
White House officials had a simple message to a divided House Republican caucus on the bill: “Let’s vote.”
Republicans emerging from the closed-door meeting Thursday said they will vote Friday afternoon even though leadership is still trying to secure the votes.
Senior White House adviser Steve Bannon told reporters as he left the meeting Thursday night that the administration wants a vote.
Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told lawmakers: “Negotiations are over. We’d like to vote tomorrow and let’s get this done for the American people.”
Opposition to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s health care bill is costing an Iowa congressman some valuable campaign support.
An official with the Congressional Leadership Fund says the political action committee backed by Ryan is withdrawing staff support from Rep. David Young. The official confirms the move is in response to Young’s opposition to the bill to dismantle Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations by the organization.
Ryan postponed a scheduled vote Thursday as GOP leaders and President Donald Trump tried to woo reluctant conservatives and some moderates.
Young said this week that House leaders are rushing the bill and should be more deliberate to get it right.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the move.
— By Bill Barrow
Congress’ nonpartisan budget analysts say changes Republican leaders have proposed in their health care bill to win House votes have cut the measure’s deficit reduction by more than half.
The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that the new version would reduce federal shortfalls by $150 billion over the next decade. That’s $186 billion less than the original bill.
The deficit reduction figures dropped mostly because the updated measure has additional tax breaks and makes Medicaid benefits more generous for some older and disabled people.
The office says the updated legislation would still result in 14 million additional uninsured people next year and 24 million more in a decade.
Average premiums for people buying individual coverage would still rise over the next two years compared to current law, but then fall.
House Republican leaders have postponed a vote on their health care bill in a setback for President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan.
Prospects for the Republicans’ showcase health care bill had looked grimmer by the minute Thursday despite Trump’s personal lobbying of conservatives. That still left the legislation short of the votes needed for passage.
A senior Republican official said the vote would be delayed. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to freely discuss internal discussions.
House Republicans plan to meet behind closed doors Thursday night to consider their next steps.
Republicans were intent on voting to dismantle Obamacare on Thursday, the seventh anniversary of former President Barack Obama signing the bill into law.
Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas is apologizing for his comment about the possibility the GOP health care bill would ease federal requirements on coverage of basic services like mammograms.
In an interview with a reporter for Talking Points Memo on Thursday, Roberts was asked about potential changes in the health care bill. He said: “I wouldn’t want to lose my mammograms.”
He later tweeted an apology: “I deeply regret my comments on a very important topic. Mammograms are essential to women’s health & I never intended to indicate otherwise.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer says President Donald Trump’s meeting with the House Freedom Caucus was a “positive step” toward achieving the GOP’s goal of driving down costs and increasing access to health care.
Freedom caucus members told reporters on Capitol Hill that there was “no deal” following the meeting.
Spicer says the president will meet later Thursday with members of the Tuesday Group, a group of moderate Republican House members. He says the White House still expects the bill to be voted on later Thursday.
Spicer says Trump was on the phone last night well into the 11 o’clock hour with members of Congress.
He says the president “is looking forward to seeing Republicans fulfill the pledge” they made to repeal the Obamacare law.
The chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus says there’s “no deal” on the GOP health care legislation after a meeting at the White House with President Donald Trump.
The assertion from Congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina throws plans for a vote on the bill later Thursday into doubt.
Two dozen or so Freedom Caucus members have opposed the legislation pushed by GOP leaders, saying it doesn’t go far enough to repeal “Obamacare.”
But the group had been negotiating directly with the White House in hopes of reaching agreement to eliminate additional requirements on insurers.
Without a deal with the Freedom Caucus, and with moderate-leaning members defecting, it seems unlikely GOP leaders will have the votes they need to go forward with a vote later Thursday as they had planned.
Former President Barack Obama is celebrating the seventh anniversary of his landmark health care law, saying in a statement on Thursday that “America is stronger because of the Affordable Care Act.”
Obama does not directly address GOP efforts to repeal his law, which are coming to a head Thursday as House leaders push toward a vote on their repeal legislation. Republicans remain short of votes.
The former president does say that if Republicans are serious about lowering costs and expanding coverage, and are prepared to work with Democrats, “That’s something we all should welcome.”
But, Obama says, “we should start from the baseline that any changes will make our health care system better, not worse for hardworking Americans.”
He notes 20 million Americans gained coverage under his law.
President Donald Trump is urging people to call their lawmakers to express support for the Republican legislation to repeal and replace “Obamacare.”
Trump posted a video on Twitter Thursday asking people to get behind the plan. He says that people were “given many lies” about the Affordable Care Act.
Trump added that the legislation was “terrific” and “you’re going to be very, very happy.”
The GOP legislation was on the brink hours before Republican leaders planned to put it on the House floor for a showdown vote. Trump was spending the final hours trying to close the deal with conservatives who have opposed the plan.
The GOP’s long-promised legislation to repeal and replace “Obamacare” stands on the brink, just hours before Republican leaders planned to put it on the House floor for a showdown vote.
The stakes are high, and Republicans are staring at the possibility of a failure that would throw prospects for their other legislative goals into uncertainty. Speaking to members of the conservative Freedom Caucus mid-day Thursday, Trump is pitching concessions to representatives who want to limit the requirement for health plans to include benefits including substance abuse and maternity care. But those changes appear to be scaring off at least some moderate Republicans.
In a count by The Associated Press, at least 26 Republicans say they opposed the bill, enough to narrowly defeat the measure.