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This week for my #learningproject in EDTC 300, I used Animoto. As shared previously, I am quite intimidated by technology. I think there is just SO much out there, that I didn't even know where to start. I knew for this week's task, I wanted to make a video, but I knew I needed to try a new "video making" platform because I tried to use iMovie before and failed miserably (several times). So, when Amanda Brace suggested Animoto as being a great (and fairly "easy") app to use when making videos, I figured I would give it a shot.
I won't lie, I was anxious to make this video because of my previous failed attempts at making videos! But, honest to gosh, Animoto is so SIMPLE and well laid out which made it extremely user friendly.
To begin my "review", let's talk about what Animoto is...
Animoto is a FREE (my favourite price as a student, hehe) video maker. It shares in their slogan that Animoto allows you to, "create your own videos easily". You are able to "combine your photos and clips with music to make professional videos that'll impress". It can be used as a classroom tool for educators, students and administrators. You are able to easily create and share videos with your students, parents or colleagues. What I liked about Animoto right away, was that there wasn't any software downloads needed. I was able to instantly get started on making my video.
On Animoto's website, it states a step-by-step guide on "How to Create a Video with Animoto". There are three easy steps:
1. Choose a Video Template
2. Add Photos & Videos clips
3. Customize your video
Here is a Youtube video that explains it in detail too...
Now that you know a bit about what Animoto is, and maybe a little about how to go about making your first video. I want to share my experience using it for the first time.
When I started to research Animoto, I made an account on my MacBook Air, but as I was figuring things out, I realized I needed to make the video on my phone because all of my video clips and photos were on my phone. I downloaded the Animoto app onto my phone.
Once I downloaded the Animoto app onto my phone, I was able to start. The first step was to choose my template, I decided since it was my fist time using Animoto, I would choose a "start from scratch" template. By choosing this options I was able to learn how the video making app worked and further my knowledge about the app and really get a chance to explore my options. I think next time I would try a pre-made template because I found the iPhone app to be quite finicky. The part I found the most finicky was when I had to type out a caption. Every time I would type, it would turn the font white with a lime green highlight around the text. So every time I made a caption I had to go back in and change my font to my liking. Perhaps this is something that I did wrong on my part but it still made it a pain to go back in and change each time. I also found the app to be slow/ glitchy. I had to click the areas I wanted to explore several times before it would load (again, perhaps this is something on my end). I would like to explore this app more and try to make a video using the website and compare and contrast how the process goes.
Other than the glitches and font annoyance, this app was WONDERFUL.
One thing I loved about this app was how simple and user friendly it was when adding pictures and videos. I liked that you could clip your own videos to your liking of length. From there, you were able to "create". You could add in different layouts, logos, and bursts to your videos and pictures. Having this feature made it an excellent way to customize your video to your preference.
Another feature I liked was the option to add a "video style". This allowed for an extra touch in design preference. The design setting options are very appealing to the eye. This area is another aspect I would like to explore and play around with more. I find that it is something so little that makes your video POP!
I am happy with how my final video turned out.
Even though I still have a lot to learn and work on within using Animoto, I would say this is 10x better than when I tried to use iMovie. I give this app 8.5/10. There were a few glitches while using the app, but overall, the app was user friendly and simple to use.
For a first time user, I am pleased with the outcome and I will be using this video making app again.
Check out my first-ever Animoto video I made for my EDTC 300 #learningproject:
When I was in high-school, it was the "in" thing to be on Twitter and tweet back and forth with others. My friends and I would tweet song lyrics (CRINGE), or update our lives through our tweets. My time on Twitter when I was in high school wasn't educational whatsoever, I don't even recall myself using hashtags (#HELP) correctly. I would say I was on Twitter for 2-3 years before Instagram become the new, exciting social media app to spend our time on. I then deleted my Twitter account because I was no longer active on the app and Instagram was consuming my social media usage.
If I was being completely honest, I thought Twitter was a "dead" social media app because no one I knew was really using the app. I was clueless that Twitter was actually VERY alive and thriving. Now that I am back on Twitter for #EDTC300, I am learning WAY more and following accounts that provide me with resources and information that I can use and take with me in my teaching career. I am honestly shocked at just how much is on Twitter for teachers and educational use.
As a future teacher, I love the idea of introducing Twitter in the classroom. I am still a tad hesitant about primary years using the app (just because I personally haven't seen how that would work). But, I think Twitter usage for students in Grade 5 and up could be potentially powerful. Students could use Tweets to collaboratively work together as a team. They can also use different hashtags to act as a research tool and find relevant blogs for their learnings.
Another aspect I think Twitter in the classroom could be beneficial, is for the organizational aspect. The teacher and students could use Twitter as a platform where they update each other on homework and assignments, announcing field trips, any changes in plans or updates and reminders of spirit days! The students could come up with a fun # that would be used for their grade/class and thats where the students and teacher could look for any Tweet regarding this class.
I think this is something I would totally look into as a teacher. There is so much potential in bringing technology into the classroom.
Below is a small screen shot from Cybrary Man's Educational Websites which lists MANY educational hashtags to use on Twitter, I found this list very helpful. As someone who would be classified as "newer" to twitter and using it to benefit their educational journey, I thought this list came in handy for finding accounts to follow and hashtags to search. Once you find those hashtags and accounts, you begin to add so many new resources and information to your toolbox.
Last EDTC 300 class, we attended a #Saskedchat which was something brand new to me. It was so fun and fast-paced. We used something called a Tweetdeck which kept our feeds and tweets organized and allowed us to see certain accounts and hashtags all on one screen, which made being apart of the chat easier. @Saskedchat asked questions that focused on "must have" resources, supports and technologies for first year teachers and self care tips for future teachers. The questions @Saskedchat asked were great as we are all future teachers. Below are some of the tweets I sent out that night in response to the questions asked.
This week in EDTC 300, we were asked to get a Feedly account, at first I was a little confused as to what Feedly even was. I also felt a little overwhelmed with having to create another account to manage. As shared before, I am not someone who is "tech-savvy", so having to learn how to use another browser and manage it kind of stressed me out. But Feedly is neat.
Feedly is, " a news aggregator application for various web browsers and mobile devices running iOS and Android. It is also available as a cloud-based service. It compiles news feeds from a variety of online sources for the user to customize and share with others" .
My first search was, "education", then, "teaching", then, "primary years". From there, Feedly started suggesting certain pages for me to follow. I then got into "ed tech" articles. Once I had spent enough time browsing, I saw the option of creating boards (this reminded me of Pinterest, I love Pinterest so I know all about 'boards').
I have created three feeds so far. One is "teaching" related, another, "primary year", and the other, "education" . I also made myself one that is titled, "Activities for Kids" which has already shown me awesome resources (some even FREE).
After creating some feeds, I created a board. In my board this week, I added in articles or posts from my feed that caught my attention. Some of the posts I saved to my boards have information I want to remember or resources I would like to use later.
One account stood out to me in particular. Cult of Pedagogy's account and feed stood out to me first.
The first article that stood out to me from Cult of Pedagogy was titled, "6 Ed Teach Tools to Try in 2021". I thought this would be a good read since, well, I am in an EDTC class and with our world right now, we all could use some more knowledge around technology in the classroom.
I enjoyed the option of being able to listen to this article in podcast format, that is something new to me!
This time, I read the article, but perhaps next time I could use that feature. In this article, it shared 6 tools that included, Mote (justmote.me), AllSides (allsides.com), Google Lens (lens.google.com), Bulb (bumbapp.com), Embracerace (embracerace.org), Prezi Video (prezi.com/video).
I thought Google Lens was SO cool. Google Lens allows you to point your smartphone camera at an object and the app can give information about. You are able to pint it at images, plants, and even texts in other languages to translate. This is such a useful tool and I am so glad I read about it.
Check out this neat video!
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Welcome to my journey with #EDTC 300. If I was being completely honest, I have always wanted to be a blogger. I love to write and share. But there has always been one thing holding me back... I am NOT tech-savvy. I nanny for a family, and the seven year old is always showing me how to turn on their TV so we can search GoNoodle's. So, if that tells you anything, I am in great need to learn from this course and improve and expand my technology use in the classroom and add more digital resources to my "future-teacher" list!
I've written a little "About Me" already on my blog where you can learn more about me and my interests. In short, I am a third year education student at the University of Regina. I am absolutely thrilled to hear that I will be in the classroom come March for my pre-internship (YIPEE)! Besides being a full time student, I nanny, tutor, sub as an Educational Assistant, and coach gymnastics for toddlers (it is legitimately the sweetest job, I get to teach little ones how to tumble, jump and swing).
I am also a big Pinterest gal, I have so many boards with home, food, life, teaching and everyday inspiration. My partner and I are currently DIY-ing our house, it has been so fun... well, maybe not so much for him ;) but Pinterest has been our best friend throughout the process.
I am also extremely close to my family and am a firm believer that family ALWAYS comes first. I have a Mom and Dad and one older brother (and a five pound pup, named Freddy). My parents are both teachers and have been for over 23 years (talk about rockstars!!). My parents always joke and say I grew up in a school/classroom since I was always at either my Mom or Dad's school on the weekends, as they were both actively involved in their school community. I would have to say I was influenced by them to take the education route in university and I am SO glad I never turned back. I 100% know this is where I am supposed to be in life and I just can't wait to see where teaching takes me!
Join me on this journey.