Tools for Making Quick Videos


Looking for some quick ways to craft videos? These tools are all wonderful and can help you put together a video quickly:


  • Mobile Apps
    Combine your mobile device (e.g. iOS/Android phone/tablet) with an inexpensive tripod (duct tape works, too!) and use one of the following apps:
    • YouTube Capture (iOS only): This phenomenal app allows you to quickly record video, save it straight to YouTube. You can do simple annotations/edits with the app.
    • Shadow Puppet EDU (iOS only): Combine pictures, video and sound in this app to create a great video you can save to YouTube.
  • Screencasting
    Screencasting often involves recording your screen. Most screencasting tools will allow you to capture you in a small preview window, enabling you to record your screen while picturing you.
    • Screencastify: This easy to use Chrome browser Add-On allows you record Chrome browser tab with sound, your Desktop with sound, and include you in a preview window. You will have to pay more money ($20 onetime fee, well worth it) if you want to record longer than 10 minutes.  Watch tutorial.
    • Nimbus Screenshot and Screencast:  Similar to Screencastify but free.


Bonus Tips: Take advantage of Green Screen tools to kick your video up a notch!  
  • iOS Device handy? Take advantage of the Do Ink Green Screen app ($2.99) and a $1.00 Family Dollar green table cloth to put yourself into the screen.
  • Windows 10 device? Use The Simple Green Screen app.


And, finally, Chrome browser with webcam laptop? Use a Google Hangouts background! You can combine Screencastify and Google Hangouts Chrome Add-On to get all Googly (terrible example). After recording the video, crop it to cut out all the unnecessary screen noise. Example shown right.


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Looking for a way to engage students with video and video creation? The Apple iPad’s rich ecology of video editing apps empowers students to be directors of fantasy and science-fiction flicks by using special effects. Educators like TCEA member Lauren Houser (@lauren_houser) have also taken advantage of Do Ink’s Green Screen app (see example) to create amazing vidoes. But you can also combine green screen with movie FX apps to get startling results.


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Lesson Connections

When writing a story, students often want to take their tale to the next level. One approach involves converting it into a movie script. Then they can record that script as a movie to be shared. Imagine your students creating a story, converting it to a script, then making a movie replete with special effects. The apps below will make illustrating a movie possible. Students can shoot their video, whether they rely on clay animation, action figures, or real people. Younger students can be introduced to digital graphics/animation aligned to TEKS Chapter 126.25, as well as TEKS Chapter 110.31 English Language Arts.

Effects Apps

Here are several apps that enable you and/or your students to add special effects to photos and videos. All apps include in-app purchases to expand the range of effects available to you. Save these enhanced clips and/or photos to your iPad’s Photo Gallery, then drop them into another app (e.g. iMovie, Tellagami).
  1. Action Movie: This incredibly easy to use app assists in adding Hollywood FX to iPhone and iPad movies that you record. And you can share your creation as a video or animated GIF. (View example of videoView animated GIF.)
  2. FxGuru: Add horror, sci-fi, or action effects to a video you record. Available for Android, too. (View example)
  3. Super Power FX: Enable your students to add super power effects to their clips. You are able to “shoot fireballs from your hands, lasers from your eyes, or control the elements, teleport, and more!” (View example)
  4. Extreme Movie FX: Snap a picture, select the effect you want to apply to it, then save the still image to your Photo Gallery. From there, you can import the picture into a movie app like iMovie or Videorama. There are various effects you can apply, including shark attacks, UFO attacks, and more. Some effects are free, but others require in-app purchases. (View example)
  5. Videorama: Unlike other apps, this one allows you to combine photos and videos, add effects, adjust the speed of the video, and more. It’s less about the effects and more about video editing. Combine clips you create in other apps in Videorama. Easily add text, music, and transition effects to your video.(View example)
  6. Prisma: Although less about action adventure and more about art, this app allows you to apply nine different styles to videos, as well as photos. The astounding result resembles a work of art. (View example)

Teach the Language of Sound and Images

“If students aren’t taught the language of sound and images,” points out George Lucas, “shouldn’t they be considered as illiterate as if they left college without being able to read or write?” With these apps and imagination, you can enable students to engage in scripting and digital graphics/animation at a younger age. The sooner they begin, the better they will be. After all, who doesn’t have a budding filmmaker in their family?

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HowTo Get Videos into your iOS Camera Roll @readdle

Ever wonder how you can get videos (Youtube or otherwise) into your Camera Roll so you can use them in other iOS apps? You’re not alone!

Just today, I received the following question via email:

What is the best/easiest way to download a Youtube video or any other video from the web to the iPad – save to the camera roll? The ultimate goal is to the get that video into iMovie or Shadow Puppet, be able to edit it, and include it to the rest of the student presentation. Thanks for any help.  

My response was:

Step 1 – Get the Readdle Documents app (free). To begin, open the Settings for Documents:

a) Go to File Manager and enable iPod Music Library, Show Photos, iTunes Files : This allows you to get and put files (e.g. photos, videos) into your Photos folder in Documents, which is the same folder your Camera Roll pulls from. 

b) Go to Wi-Fi Drive and enable drive: This allows you to connect to your iPad/iOS device via Documents’ WiFi drive. That way, you can convert/download videos using your computer and then put them on your iOS device.

Step 2 – Get YouTube (or any) video you want and put it in Documents app on your iOS device. 

There are two approaches you can take, depending on whether you are doing this solely on an iOS device or if you also have access to a computer.

Approach A – 100% on iOS Device, no computer available:

a) Copy the YouTube Video URL: You can use the built-in web browser on Documents app view YouTube videos you want (or just copy the URL/web address for a YouTube video).  

b) Navigate to http://www.clipconverter.cc/ with Documents web browser and paste in the URL of the YouTube video you want. Then, download/save the video using the on-screen commands. 

c) Tap and drag the downloaded video into the Photos folders in Documents.

Go to Shadow Puppet EDU or any other app that accesses the Camera Roll and get it.

Approach B – Computer and iOS Device

On Your Computer

a) Find a YouTube video, and save it to your computer using Keepvid.com, ClipConverter.cc, or any other tool you use (e.g. Firefox’s Video Downloader add-on). 

b) Access the Documents WiFi drive (turn it on by tapping on the WiFi icon and connecting to the IP address via a browser). 

c) Upload/Put the video on your computer to Documents

then, on your iOS Device

d) Tap and drag the video you just uploaded from your computer into the Photos folder in Documents.
e) Go to Shadow Puppet EDU or any other app that access the Camera Roll and get it.

Wasn’t that easy? If not, watch this short video walkthrough the steps above:



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Sharing Made Easy via Your iPad #iOS

iPads are creation engines for K-12 and adult learners. The problem is “How do you get all those creations off your iPad and some place others can access it?” This blog entry explores free apps and strategies that can make sharing easy. Also featured is GoogleDocs ePub maker. (read more)

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3 Tips for Green Screen in the Classroom #android #iOS @sandscholars

If you aren’t taking advantage of green screen to add depth to project-based learning in your classroom, then you will want to read this primer on how to get started. In this entry, we take the direct route to inexpensive green screen tools and offer real examples from classrooms. (read more)

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Image Editing and Image Sources

If you’re like me, your phone may be the best camera you have. In this blog entry, we’ll quickly explore some tools and the special effects that are possible on your device…Creating and sharing fabulous photos may best be achieved by following a simple three-step process. 
Step 1 – Take Fabulous Photos 
Step 2 – Explore Great iPhoneography Examples
Step 3 – Edit and Share Your Photos

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