Category: Tutorials (page 2 of 4)

Creating Stories in DX

The following tutorial steps students through setting up a Story for a specific class in DX. Stories can only be set up by students and shared within your class. Sharing can be between you and the student, the student and selected students or between the student and the entire class. Content that can be shared using a story includes text, images, video, audio and other files linked from OneDrive.

How can I use DX Stories in my class?

  • Stories can be useful when established as a journal, updated regularly by the student.
  • They can be used as a way to collect and share ideas with the class.
  • They can be used as way to receive feedback from the class when making decisions about a topic for further investigation.
  • Digital storytelling

GarageBand – Podcasts

This tutorial will step you through recording your voice, using GarageBand, and adding loops for background music and sound effects.

How can I integrate Podcasts in the Classroom?

Here are some specific ideas for integrating audio recording into your curriculum:

  • Students interview relatives about their life stories, and then combine the audio interview with family photos in a video project.
  • Students write a radio drama based on a historical event and incorporate sound effects and music to enhance the story.
  • Learn about different provinces in China  by interviewing locals. Record the interview and then create a digital album showcasing that province.
  • Students create an advertising campaign to highlight a current event in a persuasive manner.
  • Write and record short stories and add music and sound effects.
  • Teacher records a tutorial that students listen to on their own – share via DX and invite students to reflect on their learning in a discussion forum.
  • Present a piece of writing as a class radio drama or a poetry slam.
  • Teacher records and broadcasts group discussions – share with other classes discussing similar topics.
  • Teachers might record students reading a story as a fluency assessment, or as a foreign language pronunciation activity. Students listen to their recording and self assess.
  • On a field trip, students use an iPhone or iPad with voice recorder app to take notes and photos. They then create a guided tour using iMovie.

Outlook Online: Overlay Group Calendars On Your Personal Calendar

ISB gets very busy. This tutorial shows how you can have your various group calendars overlaid on your personal Outlook Online calendar.

Digital Poetry Readings

Once you have chosen your poems to present, decide on what format you want to present your poem in:

  1. Kinetic Typography: Mother to Son by Langston Hughes | Video created by Christina Riley
  2. Narrated Visual Reading: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein | video created by Wimbami Press
  3. LipDub (Here’s an example: Please Don’t Resist Me by Luka Lesson)

Decide on how you break up your poetry (you should have no more than 10-15 words per frame/slide.

If you are creating a narrated visual reading:

  1. Find one to three high quality image that represents your poem (please make sure it is landscape)
  2. Create credits like this for your last title page:
  3. Insert subtitles for the poem, please stick with the same font/color.
  4. Check timing of frames, to make sure there is enough to read the text for that image.
  5. Record your narration over the image.
  6. Share to file (include your name in the file name)
  7. Airdrop your file to Mr. Carter

If you are creating a kinetic typography poetry presentation:

  1. Open Powerpoint (Desktop Version) (Here a great tutorial here)
  2. Create a simple presentation with a solid background
  3. Create a few blank slides
  4. Choose the main font style you want to use.
  5. Copy and paste poem through separate text boxes on different slides
  6. Resize/move text and animate text boxes
  7. Play animations per slide to make sure they work the way you want them to
  8. Export presentation as .mov file (this make take some time, be patient!)
  9. Open iMovie
  10. Import .mov file
  11. Record narration over video
  12. Export movie file (File>Share>File), Use Medium Quality, Compress: Faster options
  13. Upload to Dragon’s Tube
  14. Embed on your blog

If you are creating a lipdub video for your poem:

  1. Film clips of people reading your poem (please hold your phone landscape) & consider the background and quality of your video
  2. Import clips into iMovie
  3. Detach the audio and delete the audio from the original clips
  4. Narrate you and your partners voices over the clip, carefully matching the lips/sound.
  5. Share to file (include your name in the file name)
  6. Airdrop your file to Mr. Carter

Using Powerpoint to Create Animated Typography

Most of us have used Powerpoint for a long time, but using the animation features to create a video, may not be Powerpoint skills you have (neither did we, until recently!)

Here is a great way to make an animated typography (also referred to as kinetic typography) video to present information.

Here is a great tutorial to get you started, but then use your own creativity to share your content in style.

Just don’t forget to apply the elements of design when you create.

For the Grade 6 Kinetic Poetry Project, follow these steps:

  1. Open Powerpoint (Desktop Version)
  2. Create a simple presentation with a solid background
  3. Create a few blank slides
  4. Choose the main font style you want to use.
  5. Copy and paste poem through separate text boxes on different slides
  6. Resize/move text and animate text boxes
  7. Play animations per slide to make sure they work the way you want them to
  8. Export presentation as .mov file (this make take some time, be patient!)
  9. Open iMovie
  10. Import .mov file
  11. Record narration over video
  12. Export movie file (File>Share>File), Use Medium Quality, Compress: Faster options
  13. Upload to Dragon’s Tube
  14. Embed on your blog

Adding a Photo Gallery to a Blog Post

This tutorial shows how to add a photo gallery to a post on your school blog.

Adding a New Category to Your Blog

Here’s a quick video tutorial that shows you how to add a new category to your blog.

We use categories on ISB blogs to show what subject or course a blog post is for.

Creating a Digital Story with iMovie

Basic Steps

  • Organize all your materials before you start
  • Create a new Event in iMovie and import your media
  • Create a new Project
  • Add a Title
  • Add audio
  • Add photos
    • Turn off Ken Burns before adding photos
  • Adjust timing of photos
  • Crop photos as necessary
  • Share you project

Podcasting with Garageband

Podcasting is a pretty fun activity and GarageBand is a great tool for recording your podcasts. Here are three video tutorials to help you get started making a podcast using Garageband.

Garageband Settings

Quick Notes:

  • Create empty project
  • get rid of: 1234 (countdown and metranome), swap timer

Recording Tip

 

Quick Notes

  • If you make an error count 3 seconds and then go back to the beginning of the sentence with the error and keep going.
  • When you go to edit, look for the long gaps. Listen to the recording on either side of the gap to see if there’s an error to delete.
  • Make sure you have clicked “track” in the lower left hand corner to be able to select and delete sound bites.
  • Record in a quiet place.
  • Speak up and read with expression. Don’t rush.

Exporting Your Podcast

 

Quick Notes

  • Remember to save frequently
  • Go to “Share” menu
  • Export song to disk
  • Decide where to save the file.
  • Choose settings: MP3, Medium Quality
  • Click export

Talking to Your Mac

I recently tore ligaments in my wrist which has made typing difficult. The result is that I have rediscovered the dictation capability that is built into the Mac’s operating system. It’s pretty easy to set up and use. I’ve been using it to quickly answer emails and I actually wrote this post with it.

This video will show you how to set up dictation your Mac and help get started using it.

 

 

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