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Creating My First Vine

I was dreading this weekly play among the options to complete for our assignments. However, I have learned that this was probably the most useful among creating memes and GIFs (Obviously, can’t compare it to the “Connected Learning Make  Bank” since there were too many good stuff in it).

Anyway, knowing that I wanted to attempt this this weekend, I did some research homework and looked up information about it. In general, I do not like downloading anything on the computer and especially on my phone. I have always been wary about viruses and accidentally having to purchase something. Additionally, I do not have a lot of data on my phone. However, I knew that I would inevitably need to download this app, which I did.

Not really knowing how to play with this thing, I figured to just shoot my videos and do the figuring out later. I knew how to shoot because it was the one and only tutorial I watched. I had my concepts ready and knew that I would be at the mountains before lifts were opened.

My original plan: I wanted to show more of a blank canvas with students arriving to their flag sites to meet with their instructors (the Coordinate), then have some shots of students with the guidance, even at times holding/assisting during snowboarding or skiing down at marker points (the Cooperate), and then show a really busy run with skiers and snowboarders all simultaneously coming down the mountain from different directions and different speeds yet not crashing into each other (the Collaborate).

Playing & learning about Vine: I learned that Vine only allows a total of 6 second clips to be in one video at a time. So, I started to shorten start and end parts that I didn’t care for, beginning and end weren’t often the greatest parts anyway. I quickly discovered that you can move clips around and rearranged them, which allowed me to be more carefree in my shooting. I told myself to just shoot, cut and edit later. So, having to be cognizant of this 6 second time frame, which is short & quick! I wanted to make sure that I got the necessary “parts” to tell my concept.

What actually happened: The fail part was uploading it onto Vine, getting it onto my desktop ready to edit but only to discover that I couldn’t. What I uploaded was basically my production. I was extremely upset because I quickly deleted it, thinking that it’s still on my phone. Nope! Huge fail! I was in a near panic attack because this was what I’ve been thinking about for my play this week and now I lost the video(s)! I had all the other ones that I didn’t use, but not the one that I uploaded, which was comprised of 3-4 different clips.

I was fortunate to recover in the following ways: it was saved on my phone’s “photo” for some reason. Whether I did that on my own or Vine did it, I am not certain. So, I was able to transfer/upload the video saved on my phone onto Vine app (phone). However, the unfortunate part was when I was getting ready to rearrange and cut, I couldn’t do it. It already merged all of what I had as one video. Another grateful and fortunate part was the fact that I did do some rearranging prior, obviously not to my liking (but at least satisfied that the concept was there and the merge made sense). I was also able to add music as I intended and the caption before successfully uploading onto my post and my Twitter!

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Teaching with iPads

Through following tweets, I stumbled across this blog on “Upcoming iOS 9.3 Update a Potential Game Changer for Teaching with iPads.” A few thoughts came to mind right away. Bare with me since I have no idea how iPads are used in the K12 classroom; so, my thoughts will seem naïve and infantile like.

First, it would be so cool if each student could own their own iPad or borrow one from the school and take responsibility for damaged or loss of device. I would love to haul this light and powerful device around in my backpack in place of several, heavy textbooks, notebook paper, and binders/pocketful of papers full of worksheets. I am not saying that we won’t have some old-fashion writing mediums, just reducing some of the load would be nice.

Second, the ideal is to have most of the materials, including textbooks, on the iPad for access. I have noticed that this is becoming more popular with college, math and science textbooks. Students are able to access an online copy as well as have their hard copy, which they often leave at home. As a means to save paper, it would be convenient to access teacher’s Power Point slides and worksheets online as opposed to having printout of all these materials. Additionally, students often don’t have enough writing room on their math worksheets or would like a fresh copy to rework/practice the problems again later on in preparation for cumulative finals.

Third, it would be so awesome to simply DO the work on the iPad. For example, I would just use the keyboard to type or stylus to free-write, work out math problems, then upload the assignment. If internet is a problem, then a solution is to have the text and worksheets downloaded and saved onto the device; so that it can be opened when the student gets home. These students can then work their problems on a piece of paper, use the camera feature to take a photo of their work (homework completion), and use the first five minutes of class to upload it or once they get to school. Regardless, all students can always turn in their hard copy instead.

It would be so cool to say to the class, “Turn to page 26 in your ‘Beginning Algebra’ book.” As the students change class into a different subject that day, another teacher could do the same for their subject discipline. The fact that you can go online, do many online/offline activities directly on the iPad, then have the students “turn it in” is endless.

I think it’s just a matter of time before something like this becomes mainstream. What are you thoughts or what do you know that is happening with iPads in the classroom that I don’t know?