5, 4, 3, 2, 2, 1


5 great tools. 4 are free. 3 are production based. 2 are audio. 2 are video. 1 is not like the others.

I teach multi-media production at CSU Fresno, and while many of the tools we use at CSU Fresno are based in Adobe, when it comes to doing my own video production work, these are many of the tools I use.  While they may not be the most full featured or most polished, they are reliable and always get the job done right.  Audacity is a fantastic audio editor that comes with features that many of the expensive ‘pro’ software lacks.  Soundcloud is best summed up as YouTube for audio.  It is a fantastic source for original music and audio hosting (many podcasters use it as a hosting platform).  Final Cut Pro X!  While many in the professional video industry ditched Final Cut when Apple completely re-wrote the program, I was one of the few who held on and continued to use and learn through the many (and honestly, frustrating changes).  A few years in and Final Cut X is the most polished, simple, and full featured post production video programs available.  Every good video needs pre-production and a story board is usually a must!  Storyboard generator has been put together by the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and is an amazing tool to teach storyboarding techniques.  Last but not least is Flipboard.  What may be called an advanced RSS reader, Flipboard is much more!  The magazine sharing feature is a great way to share info with fellow educators and students.

Links to all these tools and more can be found HERE

Mr. Microchip Dishes on VR: A Guest Post by @mrmicrochip90

Virtual Reality has finally hit the mainstream market, this tech that once only occupied the realms of science fiction is finally cheap enough to be accessible to consumers. One of the least expensive VR solutions is Google Cardboard, which is literally a piece of cardboard with some lenses attached to it. There is plenty of content to explore on the Cardboard platform, but the equipment needed for the creation of VR content has largely been cost prohibitive to the average VR Connoisseur.

Maxwell I know you touched on both the cardboard and the Theta 360 Cam but LG just came out with their own recently and it’s pretty sweet!

The LG 360 camera is priced at 200 bucks, its capable of capturing 2k 360 video that can be uploaded to YouTube and then viewed through Cardboard. The camera works with both android and iOS and couldn’t be easier to operate! Just hit record and the software handles the rest stitching the images captured by the dual lenses into an interactive 360 video.

What use does an educator have for such a device in the classroom?  Teachers can record their lectures and then upload it for a virtual classroom experience. Another use case for a 360 camera is capturing school plays and productions, so that family members that can’t be there physically can still watch the magic of a child’s first performance.

Have some of your own ideas for what VR in the classroom looks like? Book a flight over to Kansas City and check out the Virtual Reality Hackathon that is being put on by Oculus, the Pulse Design Group, and Google. This event is challenging developers to create Virtual/ Augmented Reality experiences that can benefit educators and students.

Below are the links for the LG 360 Cam and the event being held in Kansas






Make sure check out @mrmicrochip90 HERE and on his blog Teaching with Microchips

Classroom Filmmaking

Classroom Filmmaking

I am a big big fan of the work that Amy Erin Borovoy @VideoAmy does on Edutopia.org. I am especially glad when she shares educational tips for the classroom!  I teach multimedia production at Fresno State, and I am always open to resources (specifically ones from trustworthy individuals who have an interest in education!).


Amy has a great list of videos for a Video 101 course listed below, as well as further resources. (EVERYTHING BELOW THIS LINE IS AMY’S WORK.  SOURCE AT END OF PAGE).

  1. 10 Tips for Beginner Filmmakers (10:37) Young filmmaker Simon Cade‘s channel, DSLRGuide, is one of the most popular for filmmaking tutorials. He’s got hundreds of tips to share and started making videos when he was just 11.
  2. No-Budget Filmmaking Gear – The DIY Filmmaker (05:02) Getting your filmmaking kit together is one of the hardest things to do on a budget, but you can’t begin until you have the basics. There are links to some of the DIY projects to build your own gear on the YouTube page for this video.
  3. Adapt Your Script to a Storyboard (09:19) One great resource is the YouTube Creator Academy channel, which has a variety of tip videos made by YouTube’s most successful creators. This video by Mary Doodles and Whitney Lee Milam is one of the best intros to storyboarding I’ve seen.
  4. Telling Your Story Through Video (04:00) It’s less glossy than the other tutorials here, but I love that this video uses footage from student work to illustrate camera angles. It’s produced by ChildFund Connect, an Australian organization that provides an online space for kids to post videos they’ve made.
  5. Top 5 Tips to Shoot Incredible Video with a Smartphone! (08:34) Nashville video producer and tech reviewer Danny Winget gives excellent advice for filming with smartphones, which is probably the most accessible way to get started. He covers both gear and technique in this short video.
  6. 5 Quick Math Tricks for Filmmakers (06:02) IndyMogul stopped posting new videos two years ago, but their YouTube channel is still a treasure trove of tutorials on every aspect of low-budget filmmaking, from visual effects to lighting. This video shows the math behind some essential filmmaking rules.
  7. Sophia Dagher Offers Tips & Tricks in Filmmaking (02:14) ProjectED was an Amplify program that hosted open video contests for students and teachers. Although they seem to have stopped running these, they still offer some great resources, like this fun advice video from filmmaker Sophia Dagher.
  8. Top 15 Mistakes Beginner Filmmakers Make (02:34) This is long (17 minutes) but fortunately filmmaker Darious Britt is really engaging. His advice is geared towards people trying to break into the film industry, but his tips are sound. Heads up for a little language that may not be appropriate for younger kids.
  9. How I Edit My YouTube Videos (13:23) While there are hundreds of more informative and concise tutorials on video editing basics, I chose this one because it features Jennifer Zhang, a teen YouTube creator, sharing how she taught herself to edit video using free tools. She posted a Part Two here.

More Resources on Student Filmmaking


INFO FROM ORIGINAL SOURCE: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-classroom-filmmaking-resources

Personal Learning Theory: The Freedom Theory

For EdTech 715, a class focused on learning theories, we had to create a short video explaining our personal learning theory.  My learning theory is called The Freedom Theory.  Want to learn more about it?  Watch the video below!

Video tools for Blended learning.

1- Blubbr

Blubbr is a cool web tool that allows users to create quizzes around YouTube videos. These are basically interactive video quizzes ( called Trivs ) that you can create for your students and which they can answer while they watch the selected video clip. The quizzes are also feedback supported meaning students will get feedback as they answer each question.

2- Teachem

Teachem is a web service that allows teachers to create lessons around YouTube videos. They can also interact with videos through adding comments, questions and notes in the form of flashcards that can be pinned to videos.

3- Educanon

Educanon is another powerful tool that teachers can use to design lessons based on videos from both YouTube and Vimeo. And like Teachem, teachers can generate questions on the content of videos and share it together with videos in a single lesson.

4- VideoNotes

VideoNotes is a free web tool that allows students to take notes on a video they are watching. The notes are synchronized with the video being watched. The good thing about VideoNotes is that it is integrated into Google Drive which means that students will be able to save their notes directly to their Drive account and access, edit, and work on them anytime they want. All the notes are time-stamped.

5- TED Ed

TED Ed is a website that allows teachers to create lessons around YouTube videos. Teachers can select YouTube videos and use their URLs to add questions in different formats. The added value of this tool is that it has a section where teachers can track stats of how many has answered answers and hoa mnay students have seen the lesson. Check out this visual guide to learn more about how to created a video lessons using TED Ed.

6- Vialogues

Vialogue (Video + Dialogue ) is an online video with a group discussion feature. Vialogue allows users to interact with videos by adding time stamped comments to them. This can be a great tool for teachers to use with their students to get them engaged in video prompted discussions.To get started, upload a video, grab one from YouTube, or choose one from the growing collection on our site. Once you’ve created a vialogue, you can encourage thoughtful conversations by posing questions, adding polls, and replying to comments. You can even embed a vialogue into your website, LMS, or blog!

7- Pontoon Edu

Pontoon Edu allows you to animate difficult topics and engage your students using a wide variety of tools. You can easily drag and drop characters and props into your slides and assign it an animation, choose from different pre-designed templates and style libraries.Videos and animated presentations you create through PowToon Edu can be exported in various ways. You can share them on YouTube or Facebook, download them to your computer. You can also export them as MP4 file to embed in your classroom blog or website.

8- Blendspace

Blendspace is an excellent free tool to create flipped lessons for your class. You can create a class on Blendspace and invite up to 35 students to join it. The maximum number of active lessons you can have for free is 100. Besides sharing lessons with the class, you can also use it to collect web sources in a single place that you can share with students with just one link.

Original source Here