Use Shadow Puppet EDU in the Classroom

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Shadow Puppet EDU is a free, easy-to-use tool for creating videos using photos and video clips. Video has many uses in the classroom, as an effective learning tool in any subject. Students can narrate a process, or procedure, show the steps of a solution, present a published work, etc.

screenshot of Shadow Puppet EDU appFeatures of Shadow Puppet EDU

  • Combine video clips and images to make a video
  • Record voice-over narration, add music or both
  • Add animated text annotations and pointers
  • Interact with images while recording
  • Up to 100 items per video, and up to 30 min long
  • Built-in web search for images and animated GIFs (can be disabled in settings)
  • Automatic image citations are added at the end of videos that use web images
  • Tap undo to redo the recording for a particular page.
  • Copy a completed video to re-record it.
  • Easy to share or save to the camera roll
  • Works on iOS only

Ideas for Using Shadow Puppet EDU in the Classroom

  • Create a presentation with images of all the new words for the week.
  • Share three family traditions, using images, video clips, and text.
  • Create a presentation to publish your research project.
  • Create a presentation describing a field trip or a solution to a problem
  • For more ideas, get the Activity guide.

Differentiation Using Shadow Puppet EDU

  • Give students the photos/video clips needed for the video.
  • Give students a completed video that they can re-record.

Considerations for Using Shadow Puppet EDU

  • Have students create a storyboard before they create their video.
  • If students are working in groups, assign them roles and rotate the roles so that every child experiences all the components of the process

Resources

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Use ChatterPix Kids in the Classroom

image of 5 steps to a video in ChatterPix Kids

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ChatterPix Kids (or ChatterKid) is an interactive app for adding voice and text to any image. Its ease of use makes it very accessible to children, and the 30 seconds time limit forces them to be thoughtful and concise. The app is free, from Duck Duck Moose, and is only available for iOS. When you first open the app, the first thing that you will see is a short video that shows you the 5 easy steps to using ChatterPix.

5 Easy Steps to Creating a Video in ChatterPix Kids

  1. Take/Import a Picture
  2. Draw a Mouth
  3. Record a Message
  4. Decorate
  5. Show your Friend

Features of ChatterPix Kids

  • Take a photo or use a photo from the Photo Library
  • Draw a talking mouth to make the video more interesting
  • Save to Gallery (and edit later) or save to Camera Roll

Ideas for Using ChatterPix Kids

  • Take a picture of your invention and let the invention describe itself.
  • Create a talking animal to present your animal research.
  • Use 3-4 facts from your biography to create a 30 sec video.
  • Create a public service announcement for your environmental issue to share with students in lower elementary.

Differentiation Using ChatterPix Kids

  • Give the child the photo needed.
  • Limit the use of design features (frames, stickers, etc.) to help focus the activity.
  • Use the stickers and frames to teach design features.

Considerations for Using ChatterPix Kids

  • Students have to complete the process and get to Gallery for their work to be saved.
  • Students can combine several 30 sec videos in iMovie to make a longer video

Examples of ChatterPix Kids in the Classroom

  • Examples of ChatterPix Kids in the classroom
  • Do you use ChatterPix Kids in your classroom? Leave a message in the comments.

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Use Online Quizzes in the Classroom

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quizziz icon kahoot iconOnline Quizzes

There are many online tools that allow you to quiz students in fun ways. Two of these tools are Kahoot and Quizziz. Kahoot follows a freemium model with a plus version that is meant for trainers. Quizziz is completely free and there is no limit on the number of quizzes that you can create or play. Both tools can be used in a group setting or by individual students.

These tools can be excellent for formative assessment to determine your students’ understanding of the material, either individually or collectively. Have students test themselves to find out their areas of strength and weakness for personalized learning. Teachers can create quizzes, but there is no reason that students couldn’t too!

Features

The features depend on the choice of tool. This blog post compares them. In brief, Kahoot has more varieties of games, but Quizziz offers tighter integration with Google Classroom.

Considerations in Choosing a Quizzing Tool

Choose the tool based on the feature that you’re interested in. Consider the following features:

  • Timer
  • Leaderboard
  • Pacing
  • Homework or learning center use
  • Random order option
  • Feedback

Try IT Out

Create an account on each site, and create a quiz that you can use with your class in the next 2-3 days. Compare the dashboard/teacher console in each tool to find out which one matches the way that you like to work. Have an idea how to use one of the tools?  Leave a comment or make a post on this Padlet.

Resources

Use Flipgrid in the classroom

What is Flipgrid

Flipgrid is an app for video discussions. Pose questions, and let students respond with video instead of text. It provides a different medium for classroom discussions.

Flipgrid follows a Freemium model. You can have one grid with unlimited topics for free, or pay for a subscription to Flipgrid Classroom.

Features of Flipgrid

  • Threaded video discussion
  • Teachers post topics, videos, or links for discussion
  • Students can respond to the prompt or to their peers (premium)
  • Grids are private by default and can be password protected
  • Choice of video length
  • Each Flipgrid has a unique code
  • Share your grid or topic with others with a link
  • Privacy and moderation settings
  • Each grid can hold an unlimited number of questions/topics
  • Each question/topic can hold an unlimited number of responses
  • Questions can include links to websites or documents
  • Students do not need to log in to post

10 Ideas to use Flipgrid

  • Have a conversation with a pen pal or an expert.
  • Explore a concept with students.
  • Collaborate on a topic with a class in another room or school
  • Take on a persona of a character/historical figure to create a video
  • Explain the solution to a Math problem
  • Showcase a performance/presentation with a reflection
  • Share examples of Math in the real world
  • Post an opinion on a topic/question from the teacher or a classmate
  • Post a book review
  • Share a headline or memorable quote from a story or book

Differentiation using Flipgrid

  • Instead of recording their voice, a child could hold up posters with words to the screen.
  • If you can’t show a student’s face, use a static image for the recording
  • Record a student’s answer after you ask him/her a question (for example, with younger students)
  • Have students work in groups, with one of the jobs being that of the narrator. You can rotate roles.

Considerations

  • Have students practice what they are going to say. For older students, they can write out a short script as well.
  • Although the videos are not very long, you may want students to storyboard them, depending on the situation.
  • Students can post performance videos for reflection/feedback/comment

Resources

Example

One word for the year example topic

If you have another example that you’d like to share, please post it in the comments.

Try out Flipgrid

Flipgrid task sheet

3 excellent sources of free images for school use

Websites for finding images

3 sources of images

There are lots of websites for finding images online. Here are three of my favourite for use with students, and in your own work.

  1. Photos for Class  – this is my favourite site, especially for use with children in lower elementary school. The images are safe for school use, and the citation is embedded in the image. You can even embed Photos for Class right into your class website so that it’s easy for your students to find and use.
  2.  Unsplash– this website exists through the generosity of creators, who allow their images to be used completely free. Citations are appreciated but not required. There are some photos that may be racy for younger children, but a quick search with some key words did not reveal any pornography.
  3. The Noun Project – this site has images for every noun, which is especially useful for teachers. An account is required, as are citations.

Classroom Use

These sites are appropriate for all grade levels. Share it with students by e-mail, through posters or on a class website.

For the elementary classroom, I suggest that you download the poster and put it in your classroom. Students can scan the QR code to quickly access any of the websites without having to type in the address. You can also take the opportunity to teach children to bookmark the websites. If you have iOS 11, you can scan the QR code with the built-in camera app. On Android, Google Goggles reads QR codes. Otherwise, download i-Nigma or another QR code reader. The app works on iOS, Android, Blackberry or Windows mobile devices