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Wevideo

One of the many apps that can connect to Google Drive is WeVideo.

Here is some advice from Mrs. Vergel:

WeVideo feedback notes, not necessarily in order of importance.


  1. Initially, we had some issues with opening the app.

  2. WeVideo files are saved on an individual’s drive (a folder is created for this by the app).  It is possible to share the work in progress with the teacher.  Teacher can edit the video when shared, so best to leave it alone if you are the teacher.

  3. When the shared work in progress is uploaded and published, it is not automatically shared with the original people. It has to be shared with the original people.

  4. Photos that have no permission to be uploaded from the web will not be there.  Make sure to use Creative Commons material or open/free material.

  5. Sometimes the photos seem to get lost in cyberspace and all the work seems to be gone.  Waiting and refreshing usually works.

  6. Setting the work to Timeline (Advanced) allows the user to add transitions, audio and music to the presentation, and allows user to fix the timing of the presentation.

  7. Setting a time limit for the video is a good idea for presentations. (5 min max in our case)

  8. Make sure the music is not louder than the speaker’s voice. This can be adjusted in the Advanced Timeline setting.

  9. Students can work on WeVideo at home.

  10. There were issues of recording audio(voice) which could not be resolved at home.

 

To learn more about Wevideo

Pogue’s Ten Tips via TED Talks


Simple Student Portfolio Idea

Interested? Looking for one or two teachers to trial.

Student Led Conferences

Are you interested in having students organize their work for the student led conferences? The idea is to use a simple Google Doc template to organize and encapsulate student work.

Option 1 Having students organize their work from your specific class. Here is an example from an iLearn student. template
Option 2 A more comprehensive idea is to have each student organize all work from all classes in one place- in essence having a Grade 5/6 portfolio. Here is a rough simple template.
FAQ
1. Why do it with a Google Doc?
a. students have permanent digital record of work
b. looks great
c. everything in one place
d. students are familiar with Docs
2. The work in my class is all done on paper! How can this work with Docs?
Have students select “x” pieces of work. a) Have them scanned at the Photocopy office. More to your resources for students. b) take pictures of work and share.
3. I don’t know how to set it up. /It takes too  much time. /I don’t feel confident setting it up. There is little teacher set up involved. The students are the ones compiling and reflecting. The template can be modified for your class. Only one new Google skill involved.
4. I don’t have time. Again, once you finalize the template, the onus is on the student.

Google Apps At ISManila

The use of Google Apps at ISManila has grown organically over the past year. By viewing the charts below, you can get a good idea of its’ growth.

The charts show the growth of collaboration with ISManila and the increase of online storage.

 

*This is an embedded album from Picasa- part of the Google Apps suite.

Scan Master 2013

As a holiday gift  to  myself, I purchased a portable scanner-the Scansnap S1100. This simple looking device is smaller than a traditional skinny three hole punch. While in Canada on the holidays, I dug up all my old newspaper clippings, sports stat sheets, high school memorabilia, and old travel photos. With an early cup of coffee, I often found myself watching the World Junior Hockey Championships on TV while at the same time scanning piles of old time memories.

Scansnap allows you to scan as PDF or JPG. Also you can scan directly to Google Docs, Evernote, a mobile device or a desktop folder.It has OCR recognition if you need your PDFs to be searchable.

Back at school, I have found a few minutes to some of my favorite teacher resources that I have a fondness for- old maps, homebase activities, and short stories. I was able to condense an entire binder of printed short stories in a digital format.

Stop by my room to see it in action!

iMovie Issues

This week ISM Grade 6 students are busty preparing United Nations solution proposals regarding coffee, plastic, electronics, or chocolate. Students are using Keynote, Photobooth, iMovie or Garageband to help develop a solid presentation.  A few students using using iMovie  have encountered some problems. It seems that after working merrily along, the audio will no longer record in project. After much troubleshooting,  this issue  has an easy solution.

Problem:  when  the first movie created in iMovie by a new user. If the user accepts the default “My First Project,” occasionally iMovie becomes buggy.

Solution: have the new user create a New Project by selecting File>New Project rather than using the default project.


Google Drive Apps and Extensions

Google Drive Extensions/Plugins Worth Considering

DriveTunes: allows you to play audio within Drive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gmail Attachments to Drive: adds a Save to Drive link to the View and Download options with Gmail attachments

 

 

 

 

Spanning Stats for Google Drive: breaks down what type of files you have stored in Google Drive. Fun to see a visual representation.

 

United Nations Awaits Proposals

Grade Six is beginning the most exciting project of the year!  Students will create a convincing presentation to deliver to the United Nations. The presentations will have a tech component: a movie with iMovie, an audio recording using Garageband, an iSight recording using Photbooth, a Keynote presentation or a combination of them.

Here are the tech resources that will be updated as we progress.

 

How to Tutorials

Ever get stuck and not know how to get a task done on your computer? Well, thanks to the following students, you can get clear and concise directions for common tasks you may need to perform. Choose a topic of your choice and the student’s instructions will guide you to success.

How to Get to Google Drive-Maddy 

How to Change Desktop  Picture on a Mac-Camella

How to Sign into the Chrome Browser-Lexi

How to Take a Screenshot-Ari

How to Sign into the Chrome App Store-Travis

How to Find a Mac Application-Reed

How to Use Instant Alpha in Pages-Pari

How to Get to Any Grade 5 Teacher or Class site

How to Rotate a Photo in Pages

How to Keep a Program in the Dock-Mac

How to Set Up Hot Corners on a Mac 

 

 

 

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Road Sign.egg on Aviary.

Cool Teacher Stuff

Check out Mr. Eric’s embedded Homework calendar.

Chunking and popping your text. Here for other ways to make your  blog entries pop. T. Cook

Making your guidelines visible and public. R. O’Regan

Combining science with acting to explain plant cells.

Embedding shared student resources from a Google folder into your blog.

* Are you making you resources available with Google? Much easier thatn uploading Word Docs/PDFs to your blog.

See how teachers are sharing  resources with Students on Google.

See some champions.

 

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