Thing 13: Media Skills

There is no way you can view the Easy iPad Projects for Elementary Students SlideShare presentation and NOT walk away with at least three new project ideas. For starters, I have decided to explore Skitch and 30Hands for use in an upcoming 6th grade project.

In the future I would also like to explore screencasting apps such as Show Me, Screen Chomp, Educreations or Knowmia/Teach.

Skitch – It was simple to annotate images using Skitch once I became familiar with the interface. I believe students will have much less of a challenge with the interface than I did. I love that the undo option is readily available at the top of the screen. Using Skitch you can add freeform text, typed text, arrows and some symbols to your photos. However, I felt that it was limited in it’s style options with only one font and no backgrounds to the font. I plan on looking at LabelBox to see if it might be a better option for what I am looking for in this upcoming project.

30Hands – After watching a short two minute tutorial on how to use Skitch I was ready to go. Everything worked as expected. It was extremely easy to take photos from the app, add them from the photo roll and the Internet. Once the photo was added it was simple to annotate it and record over the photo.  

One word of warning:  When you first begin to use the app it will ask for permission to access your microphone. If you say no you will be unable to record until you grant permission by going to:  settings>privacy>microphone to give 30hands permission to use the microphone. Guess how I learned about this 🙂

I created a short video as an example of what the students will be creating for their final product. This was quick and easy to do with photos I took right from the iPad. The caption tool and slide creator make it unneccesary (for our project at least) to use an outside tool to create these slides. Very powerful and easy to use. Check out my sample video here.

Not bad for a short amount of work. Thank you to Karen Bosch for sharing her great ideas.

 

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About Kim Nemeth

Hello and welcome to my blog. I am a High School Library Media Specialist in beautiful Saratoga Springs New York. I am an avid reader and am addicted to learning. This blog was originally started as part of the Cool Tools for Schools project in 2012. Since then I have continued to participate in Cool Tools for Schools and add my thoughts here. I found this blog to be an excellent place to refer to when I needed an idea or had a tick mark in my head and needed a reminder. I would love comments and feedback on my posts. Enjoy!
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