Creating Illustrated Quotes

Leaders, looking for an easy app to use to spice up important quotes that you include in your staff missives, parent newsletters, or student projects? How about a simple way to highlight key ideas in assigned student text? Typorama may fit the bill for iOS device users!

Note: This blog entry originally published by TCEA TechNotes blog. Read other awesome blog entries by the TCEA team online at www.tcea.org/blog

Quote Makers, Create!

I love collecting quotes, often snapping a photo of my favorite quotes at Buc-ee’s while I’m traveling or jotting them down in my handy notepad. The best part of being out on the road is encountering truisms, as well as listening to K-12 and adult learners share their stories.
Just last month, I spent some time in Edinburg facilitating Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) professional learning. We kicked off the session reflecting on a powerful quote from Microsoft. Using Typorama, I recreated the quote below.
quote
Don’t you think this is more engaging than words on a slide? Typorama is a VERY COOL iOS quote app! Once you start using it, you won’t be able to stop.
quote

Scan this image with Aurasma to listen to the audio introduction from Dr. Katie Alaniz, author of “Digital Tools for Today’s Classrooms,” the book from which this quote was taken.

Quote Makers, Adhere to Copyright!

Typorama combines a wide range of copyright-friendly backgrounds and text styles and allows watermarks to be inserted as well to advertise your campus, district, organization, or event. What’s more, you can use pictures from your camera roll and then add powerful quotes from students, staff, or even your own creations.
Note: Don’t have an iOS device? You can make your own image quotes with Google Draw or Powerpoint, but you might also give one of these a try:  Recite.comQuozio.comBeHappyMe, and/or VizzBuzz
Not satisfied with the pictures that come with Typorama? Save pictures from any of the popular free image sites, several shown at the bottom of this blog entry, to your iOS device and then add your quote. The New York Public Library just released their digital collection for use, so be sure to include that in your list of image sources.

Learning Connections

As written in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), “Students must develop the ability to comprehend and process material from a wide range of texts.” Using a quote generator like Typorama, you can help students identify topic sentences or key ideas represented in text.
Tap into the excitement students experience when creating quotea work of art. This work can be displayed via social media or made into a “mini-poster” for bulletin board placement. And you can also help students “summarize the main idea and supporting details in text in ways that maintain meaning.” Whether for professional development (e.g. book study, article jigsaw) with adults or ask ing students to work in small teams with a buddy to analyze text, this type of activity is powerful for engaged learning.

Quote Makers, Share!

Learners can, as encouraged in Digital Media in Today’s Classrooms, “Collaborate to create an online clearinghouse of student-created media.” This clearinghouse can serve as a resource for students to use as they support one another in preparing for exams. The clearinghouse can be any one of the following:
  • quote

    OneDrive-based Image Clearinghouse
    Hallway bulletin board
  • Google Photos – Easy to create a shared album, enable multiple staff/students to add content.
  • OneDrive Photos – Easy to add images to a folder, as well as share edit rights or view only link.
  • OneNote Online Notebook
  • School or classroom Instagram account

Steps to Make and Take

quoteHere are the steps you can take to create your Typorama quote project. Remember, these techniques can be used whether you have the app or not. If you and your students are on a computer, try one of the aforementioned, browser-based, free quote generators.
  1. Read a selection of text, online or from paper.
  2. Choose your favorite quote or come up with your own based on what you have read (better activity).
  3. Start up Typorama, select a background from their image search results or use a picture you have taken with your camera. Remember, you can always find a picture online. The image should reflect a key word in the quote text.
  4. Modify the text and image features and then share it online.

Enhance with Augmented Reality

Using the iOS app Aurasma, you can convert these student-created image quotable quotes into “hyperlinked” images. That is, you turn each image into a “trigger” that when students point their iOS device to it, it has students reading the quote aloud, sharing a short anecdote.
Reminder: TCEA members, don’t forget about the upcoming January 25, 2017 Augment Your Reality Lunch-and-Learn webinar where we will share more ideas for using AR in the classroom.
quote

Use the Aurasma app on your Android/iOS device and scan the quote picture above to listen to audio via Voxer!

More Than Quotes

This is a perfect app for both adult and K-12 learners to use. You can use it for creating memorable vocabulary words, summarizing fictional texts, and posing problems in social studies or history class. Please comment below and share how you would use Typorama in your classroom.

quoteList of Copyright-Friendly Image Resources

  1. iClipArts for Schools
  2. Animal Photos
  3. Car Pictures
  4. Classroom Clipart
  5. ClipArt.com: School Edition
  6. Compfight
  7. Creativity103
  8. Creative Commons Search
  9. ClipArt ETC
  10. Discovery Education Clipart
  11. Free Clipart
  12. Free Icons
  13. Free Images
  14. Free Images Collection
  15. Free Foto
  16. Free Photo Bank
  17. FreePik
  18. Internet Archive
  19. Pexels
  20. Pics4Learning
  21. Pixabay
  22. School ClipArt
  23. Teacher Files Clipart
  24. UnSplash
  25. Wikimedia Commons

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5 Solutions for Filling Out Forms on iOS Devices

“My admins are looking for a way to do teacher evals,” wrote a colleague, “using self-created forms that have drop-down boxes, not just text. Any suggestions?” This question got me thinking about all of the different ways to do forms. Let’s do a quick review of available solutions for filling out forms on any mobile device.


Note: This blog entry originally published by TCEA TechNotes blog. Read other awesome blog entries by the TCEA team online at www.tcea.org/blog

Solution #1 – Forms Connect

This solution, available in iPhone and iPad app versions, as well as a pro version, defines itself in this way:
The FormConnect and FormConnect Pro apps allow you to create various types of forms including patient intake, customer contact, onsite inspection reports, invoices, expense reports, proposals, purchase orders, surveys, and more. The data collection app will set you back $14.99, offering an impressive list of features.

Solution #2 – iFormBuilder

Zerion Software’s iFormBuilder boasts an impressive list of features, including data encryption and secure data storage on the device with an internet connection. Some key features include “27 element types, powerful smart logic,  and smart table search.” Although a robust solution, cost may become a factor given that pricing starts at $5K+.

Image 334Solution #3 – GoFormZ

GoFormZ offers the ability to scan existing printed paper forms via the web, then convert them into a mobile-friendly form. The form will work on all mobile devices and via the web.
You can use the form editor to create drop-down lists, automate calculations, embed maps and photos, and add data sources for list items. Setting up an account is fairly quick.

Solution #4 – WuFoo for Education

fiveBranding itself as a “choose your own adventure story” for form development, Wufoo automatically builds the database, backend, and scripts needed to make collecting and understanding your data easy, fast, and fun. Because they host everything, all you need is a browser, an internet connection, and a few minutes to build a form and start using it right away. It comes with 400 + templates.

Solution #5 – Microsoft Forms and/or Google Forms

Forms creation solutions from Microsoft and Google make it easy to get started.  While neither offers an exclusive iOS app (yet?), accessing these forms are a cinch via the iOS Safari browser. Whatever tool you decide upon, both offer a wealth of features that make form creation and data aggregation easier (read Forms Smackdown blog entry for more details).
Also, Google Forms has a series of templates (if you need inspiration from the old Google Forms templates, be sure to investigate those before “early 2017” when they will go away) to get you started. I have no doubt Microsoft Forms will eventually feature a template gallery, too!
five


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Engaging Learners with Text #iOS #iPad @typorama

Be sure to read this blog entry at TCEA TechNotes’ Blog for access to even more exciting content!

Leaders, looking for an easy app to use to spice up important quotes that you include in your staff missives, parent newsletters, or student projects? How about a simple way to highlight key ideas in assigned student text? Typorama may fit the bill for iOS device users!

Quote Makers, Create!

I love collecting quotes, often snapping a photo of my favorite quotes at Buc-ee’s while I’m traveling or jotting them down in my handy notepad. The best part of being out on the road is encountering truisms, as well as listening to K-12 and adult learners share their stories.
Just last month, I spent some time in Edinburg facilitating Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) professional learning. We kicked off the session reflecting on a powerful quote from Microsoft. Using Typorama, I recreated the quote below.
quote
Don’t you think this is more engaging than words on a slide? Typorama is a VERY COOL iOS quote app! Once you start using it, you won’t be able to stop.
quote

Scan this image with Aurasma to listen to the audio introduction from Dr. Katie Alaniz, author of “Digital Tools for Today’s Classrooms,” the book from which this quote was taken.

Quote Makers, Adhere to Copyright!

Typorama combines a wide range of copyright-friendly backgrounds and text styles and allows watermarks to be inserted as well to advertise your campus, district, organization, or event. What’s more, you can use pictures from your camera roll and then add powerful quotes from students, staff, or even your own creations.
Note: Don’t have an iOS device? You can make your own image quotes with Google Draw or Powerpoint, but you might also give one of these a try:  Recite.comQuozio.comBeHappyMe, and/or VizzBuzz
Not satisfied with the pictures that come with Typorama? Save pictures from any of the popular free image sites, several shown at the bottom of this blog entry, to your iOS device and then add your quote. The New York Public Library just released their digital collection for use, so be sure to include that in your list of image sources.

Learning Connections

As written in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), “Students must develop the ability to comprehend and process material from a wide range of texts.” Using a quote generator like Typorama, you can help students identify topic sentences or key ideas represented in text.
Tap into the excitement students experience when creating quotea work of art. This work can be displayed via social media or made into a “mini-poster” for bulletin board placement. And you can also help students “summarize the main idea and supporting details in text in ways that maintain meaning.” Whether for professional development (e.g. book study, article jigsaw) with adults or ask ing students to work in small teams with a buddy to analyze text, this type of activity is powerful for engaged learning.

Quote Makers, Share!

Learners can, as encouraged in Digital Media in Today’s Classrooms, “Collaborate to create an online clearinghouse of student-created media.” This clearinghouse can serve as a resource for students to use as they support one another in preparing for exams. The clearinghouse can be any one of the following:
  • quote

    OneDrive-based Image Clearinghouse
    Hallway bulletin board
  • Google Photos – Easy to create a shared album, enable multiple staff/students to add content.
  • OneDrive Photos – Easy to add images to a folder, as well as share edit rights or view only link.
  • OneNote Online Notebook
  • School or classroom Instagram account

Steps to Make and Take

quoteHere are the steps you can take to create your Typorama quote project. Remember, these techniques can be used whether you have the app or not. If you and your students are on a computer, try one of the aforementioned, browser-based, free quote generators.
  1. Read a selection of text, online or from paper.
  2. Choose your favorite quote or come up with your own based on what you have read (better activity).
  3. Start up Typorama, select a background from their image search results or use a picture you have taken with your camera. Remember, you can always find a picture online. The image should reflect a key word in the quote text.
  4. Modify the text and image features and then share it online.

Enhance with Augmented Reality

Using the iOS app Aurasma, you can convert these student-created image quotable quotes into “hyperlinked” images. That is, you turn each image into a “trigger” that when students point their iOS device to it, it has students reading the quote aloud, sharing a short anecdote.
Reminder: TCEA members, don’t forget about the upcoming January 25, 2017 Augment Your Reality Lunch-and-Learn webinar where we will share more ideas for using AR in the classroom.
quote

Use the Aurasma app on your Android/iOS device and scan the quote picture above to listen to audio via Voxer!

More Than Quotes

This is a perfect app for both adult and K-12 learners to use. You can use it for creating memorable vocabulary words, summarizing fictional texts, and posing problems in social studies or history class. Please comment below and share how you would use Typorama in your classroom.

quoteList of Copyright-Friendly Image Resources

  1. iClipArts for Schools
  2. Animal Photos
  3. Car Pictures
  4. Classroom Clipart
  5. ClipArt.com: School Edition
  6. Compfight
  7. Creativity103
  8. Creative Commons Search
  9. ClipArt ETC
  10. Discovery Education Clipart
  11. Free Clipart
  12. Free Icons
  13. Free Images
  14. Free Images Collection
  15. Free Foto
  16. Free Photo Bank
  17. FreePik
  18. Internet Archive
  19. Pexels
  20. Pics4Learning
  21. Pixabay
  22. School ClipArt
  23. Teacher Files Clipart
  24. UnSplash
  25. Wikimedia Commons

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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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