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Video Editing on iPads using iMovie

iMovie is a free, easy to use video editing app available across all Apple products. With more technology geared towards education, and many schools adding classroom iPad carts, iMovie is a great way to create fun, engaging school projects on these iPads while also learning beginner video editing skills. I will be going through the ropes of the many features of iMovie.

Beginning a project.

  • After opening the app, hit the create new project box in the center of the screen.
  • From there, you can select whether you want to create a movie or trailer.
  • Finally, you can scroll through the different themes at the bottom, and hit create at the top right corner once you have found your theme.

Creating a movie.

  • iMovie directly connects the music, videos, and photos already on the device directly into the app, allowing for easy access to your library. To add any of these, simply click on either the video, photos, or audio tab on the right, scroll through your library, and click on the desired item to add it to the video.
  • Each audio, video, or audio you add to the movie will be added to a track at the bottom. Each item can be selected by clicking on them, and you can increase or decrease the length of each item by pulling the yellow lines on either side of the clip. Also when these clips are selected, options appear beneath the clip to add modifications like titles, color filters, and deleting the clip. These clips can be moved around by simply holding down on them and then dragging them to another location.
  • Images and audio can also be recorded right from inside the app using the microphone or camera buttons on the left.
  • Another simple addition to the movie is by adding transitions between each clip, which is done by clicking on the small bracket between clips, and then selecting a transition.
  • Also note that the video can be previewed at any time by clicking the triangle play button under the preview screen.
  • If you forget any of these options, iMovie has provides helpful descriptions of each option by just clicking the “?” at the top right corner. Next to this help button is a gear, where you can change general video settings like the theme.

Finishing up.

  • Once the movie is finished, or if you are at a stopping point, just hit the done button at the top right corner of the screen. Here you can change the title by clicking on the title and editing it.
  • At the bottom, there are three options. The play button is to simply preview what your video looks like fullscreen. The middle button with and arrow coming out of a box allows you to share this video over multiple programs, including email and youtube. The final trashcan button is to delete the video.
  • To exit the saving screen, hit the “X” at the top left corner, and you will be brought back to the homepage, where you can either select and edit a previously made movie, or make another one.
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Ipad and Iphone Tips and Tricks

The ipad and iphone is a great tool that allows students to maximize the learning resources they have access to. Students can surf the web and create anything from an essay to a movie on and ipad or iphone. Of course in order to use these you have to know how to use them. Below are some tips that make using an ipad or iphone as easy as possible.

Apps

  • When switching between apps double tap the home button and swipe from left to right to see what apps are open. To go to one of these click on the app. If you would like to close one of these swipe up on the app.
  • In order to restrict apps go to Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions > enter a passcode to allow what apps can and cannot be used with out the passcode. When done make sure to return restrictions to off so the ipad can be used freely again.

Keyboard

  • Hit the space bar twice to type a period and a space.
  • Double tab the shift key to enable caps lock.
  • Hold down keys to see special characters/ letters.
  • In order to add international keyboards go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Keyboards > Add New Keyboard. In order to use the keyboard in the selected language look for the globe in the bottom left of the keyboard on the screen and tap on it to cycle through the different languages.
  • Hold the .com key down to get other options like .us, .org, .edu and .net
  • Find a word or phrase in safari by going to the search bar when on the page and typing the word or phrase and taping the word or phrase under “On This Page”.
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Quick Tip for Smartphones: Taking Screenshots

Sometimes you want to show pictures of your screen for various purposes, such as showing a screen from a website or making a how-to. It’s not too hard to do from a computer using a tool like Snagit for Google Chrome, but what if you’re using a smartphone or tablet? Fortunately, that’s even easier. On an Android device, press and hold down the volume down and power buttons, and on Apple devices press and hold the sleep/wake button and press the home key. That’s all it takes. On Android you can find your screenshots in the Screenshots folder in your Gallery, and on Apple in your Camera Roll. You can share, email, or upload your screenshots just like any other picture. What will you use mobile screenshots for? Continue reading

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Google Chrome App: Socrative, Written by Conrad Tulig, uploaded on wrong account…

Socrative is an app in the Chrome store which allows teachers to easily make and set up online practice quizzes. It has four modes the teacher can set up on the go: starting a quiz, asking a quick question or poll, a space race style quiz, and a ticket to leave mini quiz. Students can easily connect to this classroom by simply typing in their teacher’s unique room code, no need for hundreds of accounts for all the students. My favorite part of this app though, is the ability for a teacher to see an overview chart of what each student answered for every question, and the ability to click on the question to see what percentage of students chose each answer. This is the perfect way for teachers to quickly find out what topics students are struggling in and nailing down, allowing them to save time for both themselves and the students by effectively ironing out the common mistakes and skipping the well-known questions. Also Socrative live results also lets the teacher see if all the students have finished their current question so they can move at a steady pace to the next question without constantly asking if everyone is done. Socrative is also compatible with a large variety of computers, tablets, and smartphones, allowing for students to quickly and easily connect to the app right from their desk. All in all, Socrative is a quick, easy to use practice quizzing program that can help teachers quickly analyze their students strengths and weaknesses, so they can prioritize their teaching.

Screenshots:
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Overlay table results of a quiz. You can then click on specific questions to get a better view on the percent of students who answered each answer.Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 11.20.50 AM

Percentage what students who answered each response.

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Using Quizlet to have a better class experience.

Quizlet is a great thing for teachers to electronically give out vocabulary homework and use it as a good study guide. Teachers can save so much time and money by doing these homework assignments electronically. The app is very well designed and put together. The organization works well and is not complicated to find and get to the things you want. Kids always have struggles with studying for quizzes and test and quizlet makes it so you can’t cheat or lazy out and stop half way. it can also speak to you so you don’t always have to read the words and information. It can do different languages so if you can’t understand a language well it can help you learn it or understand it better. It can also help you study in a foreign language class.

This is good for juniors to prepare for the SAT test
This is good for juniors to prepare for the SAT test

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High School and even Middle school kids can easily access and learn how to use quizlet and it is a really good way to study and really learn the content.

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Chrome Web Apps

The Google Chrome Web Store is full of many tools to help teachers teach their subjects and students understand their classes. One of the many tools on the chrome web store that can vastly enhance the student and teachers experience in the classroom is HUMAN 3.0. HUMAN 3.0 allows teachers and students alike to view the human body under different situations. The tool can also let the user search for and see certain parts of the human body under different situations. This tool allows students to view the human body doing things in a way that would be impossible with out the use of chrome. Another tool offered on chrome for free is GeoGebra. GeoGebra allows the user to graph in and explore other geometry ideas in a 2d or 3d plane. GeoGebra now lets a teacher graph clearly and in way that can help the student understand.

For more information on GeoGebra  Follow the link below

chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/geogebra/bnbaboaihhkjoaolfnfoablhllahjnee?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

For more information on HUMAN 3.0 follow the link below

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/human-30/meefjekipolcgabfgaclcpdkbghhmoah?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

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Blog Post 1 Term 2: Independent Project Update

Since Term One, when I was extremely preoccupied with planning things for the Robotics Club, I have in Term Two focused much more on my independent project of learning Python with the aid of Jason Cannon’s book “Python Programming for Beginners.” Still, my progress has been slow-going, because I often spend a long time on new concepts exploring all the applications in attempting to commit the principle to memory. It also usually takes me a while to fully understand the proper usage of each new function or idea, so I try to write as many programs as possible using new concepts. For instance, in my most recent exploration of function usage, I wrote several versions of a basic body of code, each getting progressively more complex and incorporating more knowledge that I have learned so far.

Version One of the mad libs program
Version One of the mad libs program
Version Three (heavily revised) of the mad libs program
Version Three (heavily revised) of the mad libs program

And, as expected in learning to program and programming itself, it always takes several tries running the programs in Shell to refine the program and to filter out typographical errors: a missing indent, an extra letter or a missing parenthetical pair.

The first time an outside user tested the program by providing input; however, notice that it says to enter "a" adjective instead of "an", indicating an error in running the first function of the code.
The first time an outside user tested the program by providing input; however, notice that it says to enter “a” adjective instead of “an”, indicating an error in running the first function of the code.
Code with a missing parenthetical pair after the first 'if' statement
Code with a missing parenthetical pair after the first ‘if’ statement
Inserted parenthetical pair
Inserted parenthetical pair
Running the program in Shell - from failures to success!
Running the program in Shell – from failure to success!

In the short period of time that has been since Term Two began, my progress in programming Python has picked up in pace significantly, since it has become my main focus. I have learned much about patiently troubleshooting my code, and how meticulous one must be when using functions, booleans, and asking for user input. I hope to finish Cannon’s book by the end of T2, and hopefully start more complex programs.

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Blog post 1 Term 2 ; Independent project

As you know an html website for my independent project. I am doing it on ashland day. I have been expanding my knowledge on this type of code and reading about it in an html book. This project has had its ups and downs but i have pulled through so far. I have 4 different pages that have different function. I even have a link to facebook that has an ashland day page. I recently figured out how to make a login and sign up function. I decided to keep the website professional looking so I am using kind of dull colors to keep it mature. I have expanded my knowledge on the “form” tag and the “div” tag. I have also used my extensive knowledge in the style tag, also known as the ‘css’. I really like what I have come out with so far and hope to improve it greatly during this time that I have. I have been able to improve how often i can recognize my mistakes and errors that impair my websites ability to function. When i did a course a couple years ago I was very eager to get a working website and didn’t know much about html so I couldn’t recognize my errors and how often I made them. Right now i am attempting to learn how to make a login in and sign up server work so you actually are able to sign in.

Below are my screen shots of my progress.

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