Teachers often report that they are able to more effectively differentiate instruction with the use of technology. How can we do this with the classroom technology available today? How can we promote Universal Design for Learning in our classrooms? Mike Marotta explores the range of tools - both websites and apps - that are available to provide multiple means of engagement, representation and action / expression. Whether we are using these tools to share content or to amplify student voices, there is no denying that students are engaged by audio and video. (Get the PowerPoint and chat session in the Download Here section. Additional videos included below.)
- [Presenter] Alright good afternoon everybody we're gonna get started. CTD is happy to welcome you to our webinar today: Use Audio & Video to Engage Students and Promote UDL. We're pleased to welcome CTD faculty member Mike Marotta who's gonna explore the range of tools, both websites and Apps that are available to provide multiple means of engagement, representation, and action, and expression. Mike is is a RESNA certified assistant technology professional who's been providing direct services to individuals with disabilities for over 25 years. He's an internationally recognized presenter who was previously a trainer for CSUN. We don't wanna take up too much of your time but we do wanna mention that we love your feedback and if you complete our survey at the end of the webinar you can get your Certificate of Participation. I'll go ahead and pass it off to Mike, thank you.
- [Mike] Hello everyone, good afternoon, so happy to see a bunch of you here, hey Brian good to see you, and I'm excited to be here to be here with you and talking about this topic, I like this topic because it's a fun one to chat about and as we go through, although you're already doing a great job of it anyway without me saying to you, I'm gonna encourage you strongly, mute that chat window, there's gonna be tons of information in there. I'm perfectly content to what you guys chat away in there, if you have ideas, strategies, tools that you're using that work please share it because that's what's gonna make this better for everybody. I have some tools that I'll talk about, but I know I'm gonna talk about everything, and I know that I'm not gonna have every example that there is, and that's okay, I'm okay with that so you should be okay with that.
But what we'll find is that you guys out there have a ton of information, so please share it. I look forward to going back through the chat later after we're done, I will warn you I'll probably not be great about checking it as you are talking, but I will try my best as I go through. If you have questions, I'll try to keep one eye on the question window, I'll leave some time at the end so we can chat and answer questions. But if I see somebody's question come across that I makes sense to answer right then and if I see it, so it really has to be kind of a perfect storm, then I'll answer it right then, if not I'll hold off and we'll get em at the end. And in that manner, if I miss your question I apologize it's not a personal slight in any way.
There's my email address, I'm happy to chat with you through email, please send a bunch, I'm okay with that. I'll talk about anything, it doesn't even have to be this topic it can literally be anything, I'm game. So feel free, don't be shy about sending me an email, reaching out on Twitter if you're a Twitter person, I'm a big Twitter person so feel free. I love connecting with people through Twitter. I see some people are maybe having trouble with sound is anybody hearing me? Only you, just one. Yes, okay so you guys who aren't able to hear, you can't hear me say there might be something wrong on your side. And we'll type in the box in a second. So we'll keep going, so the people that can't hear don't sweat it we won't talk about you and we will be able to check out the recording later to pick up on the pieces of sound that you missed.
So as we dive through this, what makes this topic so fun is because an engaging topic, this idea of looking at creative way to engage our students in the curriculum. The great thing about this as you go through this and talk, I'm not even focused on any specific area of curriculum, for that matter I'm not even focused on any grade level of a student, and I bet the things we talk about will work just as well for people out in the workplace or out in the community. So it's a really, nice raw topic, this idea of finding alternate ways to connect and inspire a student to action, and we do this though this idea that universal design, how do we ensure that we are connecting the information in the best way that brings the student in and engages all three of those networks of the brain. And we're not gonna go too deep into UDL here, I'm sure there's other UDL recordings on the CTD website, this is a CAST website, which is cast.org.
C-A-S-T dot org and they would have great information about UDL. What I'm gonna focus on today as we go through is this idea of really looking at the engagement piece of this. But what's interesting that as we go through I'm also gonna hit on the other areas as well. We'll talk about representation and using audio and video to represent material to the student. We'll talk about action and expression, how does a student demonstrate their mastery of an area or a topic, and using audio and video to do that. So even though engagement isn't the title we will certainly hit on all three areas and we usually find with UDL, things we talk about cross over the three principles, cross over the three areas and the same tool might be able to have multiple uses that meet a person's needs in one of those areas.
So we'll go through, I'll give you some examples, I have some video clips later on to share with you, to give you an example of how these things work, but really what we're thinking about as we go through this, and this should be our thought for the day as we move through our challenge is this idea of getting away from the one size fits all, cos most times we find that's not the case at all, sometimes we find that that one size fits another in our classroom, in our organization, whatever it might be. We need to look at flexibility, think about alternatives and at the same time appreciating the learning differences of people we're working with and that's where this area of audio/visual really comes in to provide that level of support and looking at alternatives. And we'll give you some examples in a second, to give you a sense of why that's right. So thinking most importantly as we think about this is we will focus on reducing the barriers.
We're talking about individuals who are non-readers, and I mean that broadly in a sense. I'm doing that deliberately when I say non-readers because to me it doesn't matter in the context of why we're talking about, why the persons a non-reader, did the person have a learning disability? Does the person have a cognitive disability? Does the person have a visual impairment? It doesn't matter to me, they're a non-reader, print is not their friend; how can we find ways to reduce that presents to people and so we'll look at that and talk about this flexibility as we move through always with the thought of UDL, our focus is on building, I love using that term for it, building an expert learner.
Making sure that the individuals we're working with our experts in their own learning. They are strategic, they are goal-directed, they are resourceful, think about how many time we see this and as an AT specialist I spend a lot of time in classrooms working with people and organizations whether they're children or adult, whatever it might be. How many times do individuals get stuck because they knew a certain way to do things and that's the only way they knew how to do it. Well I use text to speak, it provides me reading support and I only use one tool and I can't translate that skill to another tool, so if the tool I'm using that reads it to me and that speaker up, that's great I know little speaker button I click it and it reads to me. Well it what if I got to another tool and suddenly the speaker button has been replaced with an ear with writings around it, also symbolizing that it's gonna give me audio output but able to be resourceful and am I strategic, to understand the concepts and tool that I'm using to make sure that I can be flexible that I use to support me in work.
And that's sort of looking at this idea of expert learners. And finally before we dive into the two areas, the next slide, this little preamble section is the idea it comes out of November, there's a picture of Alan November on the slide, in which he says stop staying it in, start saying publish it, and think about that, we are now in a situation in many of our classrooms, or organizations, or higher-ed, wherever we come from today where we have a lot of technology tools around us. We have a lot of ways to share our information. Think about even on that slide now what has basically become a universal symbol for publishing which is a box with an arrow sticking out of it. We see that on Apps, we see that on websites, we see that on tools that we use now.
That has become one of those universal icons that we start to understand. That means that whatever I'm doing can be shared in some way whether it's gonna share it through email, whether it lets me publish it through the Web, whatever it allows you to do that is that idea of sharing information. And we have this great opportunity now to shift the way we look at things and talk with students and adults, it's moving from this audience of one, so I create an activity, or answer an activity, I complete some task that's given to me and I turn it in to my teacher, that is my audience of one, well what if instead I publish it to a class website, and that website's viewable by everyone, teachers, staff members, students, the world. This idea of giving opportunities for genuine demonstration of learning, this idea real world kind of making it stick for people, and I think as we go through the two areas we profit at today lend themselves very nicely to this idea, this idea of using audio or video, and so as we go through them, I'll approach each of these areas from two perspectives: first we'll start with the idea of using your audio or video to consume information, then we'll flip it and we'll talk about the idea of using audio or video to demonstrate your mastery of a subject, so to be a creator of audio or video should mean to me.
And I'll do that the for each of these. For audio this idea of consumption. How many people are podcast fanatics? I have become a podcast fanatic. I listen to them constantly in the car as I'm driving to an appointment, there's probably 30 different podcasts on my phone right now that I could go through and listen to. This idea of using a podcast as a learning tool not just for yourself professionally, which you could certainly do, some of us are using that, but could we use that for the students to allow them to use that as a learning experience. And so thinking about that as we go through and what are some of the things that we can use to share information, think about that from a student perspective, there's a lot of educational podcasts out there. The educational podcast that will you on a trip through a specific subject or maybe something that is interest to them and so bringing that interest in a learning experience, thinking about how to do that as a learning tool. We'll talk about creating them in a second just for consumption, moving through. When we think about this concept of Universal Design for Learning, think about this idea, I have this student who is about to be interacting with a curriculum lesson, and maybe that lesson is science and the solar system.
Well if the student I'm working with doesn't have background knowledge about the solar system, when they get to that learning experience and the question they may be stuck, or they may not be able to jump into the learning as quickly as everyone else, so what about this idea of going out to find a positive stimulus that talks about the solar system. Either a recording of someone who's a scientist talking about our solar system, giving me some background knowledge in an audio format that allows me to understand the topic we're learning about.
The idea of audiobooks, now I know throw in Learning Ally in this audiobook thing, I wanted to keep this broad and point ways to keep it more universal and how we could utilize it, but Learning Ally, which would be an audiobook service, you would have to qualify for it as a person with a disability. So leaving this broad, and there may be a book available on the web that you can use as an audiobook. So there is a website called LibriVox, LibriVox is public domain books made into audio books. So volunteers will read them and create audio books. If you've ever used Project Gutenberg, which is a website that collects texts, digital texts of public domain books.
I always think of LibriVox as the audio version of Project Gutenberg, they are using the same materials but you're getting it in two different ways: Project Gutenberg in print but then you can apply audio too through some tool, or you can use Librivox which has those public domain audio books and again they are read by volunteers, it's not the most current book, it's not from the New York Times best seller, but if it's a material that student needs to read and available already it gives you immediate access to it. It's like the Declaration of Independence. The Bill of Rights. Any of the classics that people read in school. If you want to use some of the newer materials what about Audible, look at that as an option. These are professionally done audio books. That might be a solution that works for someone in a way to consume information in a different format.
You might be able to go right to YouTube, and we're gonna talk about YouTube in a little bit when we talk about video, but think about this idea of using YouTube and using audio books on YouTube, and I've had some success, and there've been some instances where people have recorded a video, I just air quoted that, a video of themselves reading a book, and now you have an audio version of it so that might work. A few cool comments on students who go back to the public library, and kids don't access these other tools, all overdrive, and I've never used FREEping, hold on let me check that out that's cool, thank you. Have we found tools for captioning podcasts and I have not, well there are captioning services that will certainly take that information and caption it for you.
I think it's a really good point, I think when you start looking at podcasts which you're going to use, podcasts that are focused with disabilities will typically do a very good job of giving you a transcript of the podcast and you'll see them on some, but there are some instances where we go through and we will not get a transcript, and that will become tricky, real-time captioning is through a format which I agree. This idea of could we do that in a way that it's real-time transcribed for someone, without caption, speaking about those suggestions, can use that as accessible tool for someone to bring you forward, I knew that once we got rolling you guys would dive into that chatroom with good thinking. Thinking about audio and we think about consumption of audio that's one thing, now we flip it and we talk about this idea of creation using audio, and so people will often say, well there's no use for that in the classroom.
Well think about some of the ways we can do that, if you have some technology in the room you might be able to create your own materials. Thinking about this idea of recordings of class discussions, that is a use of audio. I mean if we're familiar with tools that will collect the audio, whether they're Apps or something like the LockWrite pen you could certainly do that where you can have those tools collecting audio discussion. How bout collecting that audio for everyone's use not just for the ads and accommodation for a person with a disability, how bout using that, as I need to yell strategy to allow anyone to go anyone to go back through the material and listen again.
I think it's really interesting, there's been many times where I worked with a student or young adult who's using something like the Livescribe pen to help the navigate a note taking situation or something and when a classmate realizes what they have, I've had multiple classes where that classmate has said, can I have a copy of that audio so I can listen to it again. Thinking about how valuable that could be, just to going back to reviewing, that's just a classroom management piece if you will that we can see using audio. Now I know we could spend an entire hour talking about the ins and outs of recording the classroom, and so we won't do that, we'll table that conversation but that could be something that you might wanna have a discussion with your teachers about, teachers and the student, iand the student that's something that's valuable for us? And thank you guys for adding in those resources on the five-panel, I'm seeing the popping up that's awesome.
And someone had mentioned, insert audio into a blank video and upload this to YouTube and the other captioning will get that for you and you get a transcript so that might be a solution to try. Looking at ways to, as some people would say, game the system, you know you find a way to trick the system into what you want it to do. That get you captioning and transcription, is for video as well, it doesn't know that there's no picture there, it being YouTube or the machine behind, so why not just upload audio book and run it through, that's a great strategy. That's a great idea, you so far Joan, I'm clapping for you, excellent job. So any other ideas that we could use for audio in the classroom, how bout interviews? How bout students interviewing each other about what they learned or what they know about a topic? Recording your own classroom audio book. If you're in a classroom and you have books that the students are reading but you have someone who would prefer audio, is there a way to create your own audio book from that material that you already own.
And again to flip the recording of this conversation we could have another hour long conversation of copyright infringement. And I'm gonna say the way I go with copyrights now, and you can certain email me, and yell at me, and say, this is not the best one, do that offline and email me that, I'm off work, if I own the material I can make a copy of it in any format for me to use. So I have a book, I can make a different format in order for me to access that book. The infringement comes in when I have one book and I make 15 copies of it to share through audio. But if I have someone want to have the book in audio and they move forward and get it in alternative format concept and reads from audio book.
So commence your yelling at me. Go ahead if you're gonna do that, that's fine. Some of the other things, thinking about a weekly podcast of your classroom, thinking about ways to engage people, engage your students in the learning experience. I've done this in classrooms and we've had a lot of success. We had one student in the class that I was working with from an AT perspective because he struggled to read, and so I was brought into work with him, and as I was talking to him and we were working together, I had my computer out and I realized he was very into technology. And so we got to talking and he said, I wanna show you my YouTube Channel, and I said oh, that sounds really cool okay we'll do that, and of course we were in school, we couldn't get to YouTube which is a whole other story, and for a while we think it's YouTube channel, and he said to me, no, no, I know how to get there and he got us to YouTube which is a perfect example of finding a way that works for them.
And he showed me his YouTube Channel, and it was him interviewing people about video games. He would make videos and show you the cheats, and how to beat a video game, but then he would turn around and interview his friend about the games they were playing. And he was so good at it, but yet if I had asked him to read something in class and give me a small written paragraph about it he would not have been able to. But if we turned around and said okay can you just record your thoughts about what we just did, he would give you a very professionally done five minute audio recording and he had all of the equipment at home to do that. So we got to talking and his teacher agreed to let him do that as a way to demonstrate what he knew about the assignment.
And in the process, he had sent to the teacher, if you want to do this in class I bring in some of my old equipment and then I'll set it up in the classroom and then everybody can record you. And so what he did one day, with the whole box of stuff, a laptop, an old microphone, a little mixing board and a couple headphones and hooked this environment up in the back of the classroom and they made a small recording studio in their room. Now suddenly there were able to share their information in an audio format with any kind of concern, so thinking about these ways that we can do that, it's really powerful this use of audio, and so how can we do that? Sure we can try things and maybe people have used some of these, and yeah Paul I think you're right, it was a great leadership moment for that student, because unfortunately a lot of Fine Arts kids with AT, our kids with disabilities who need A Tech, never get that moment to be the leader of the group, or never get that moment to shine, and even talking to the teacher she had said, I feel bad we've been in class for months now and I had no idea that he this skill set and that he was good at and that was something that work for him.
So reach out to people in Essence, what do you think? So Audacity, and some said, I love Audacity I use it all the time, it is the best, so if you're working on a PC or MAC, looking for a way to edit audio, Audacity is a free tool, it allows you to layer in multiple tracks and then export that information out as an MP3 file. It is a great tool. I almost don't understand how it can free but it is but I don't care, rocking the boat there, it's fine. So think about that and what you will fine is a lot of people will use this create their own podcasts or their own audio recording, I can layer in my audio, I can drop in an audio track of sound underneath it, I can cut pieces in, and so you really have an opportunity to make a very professional sounding audio clip using something that didn't cost you anything.
If you're looking for an Apple-based tool you could try GarageBand, same idea, allows you to layer in multiple tracks of audio, whether it's voice, sound, instruments, audio effects, whatever it is, layer them in, export that out as an audio track. So you starting looking at some of these ways that we can use some of these tools to support individuals. Here's one I'm not sure people are using, I use it on Google kinda like and I'll give you the reason why I like it, this one is called SoundTrap, and so this one is web-based; so if you're in a situation where you have Chromebooks this is a great tool to use because you could do these on the Chromebook because it's al working on this Internet.
And so it works very similar to any of the other tools that I showed you on the other slide, so the work like Audacity, it will work like GarageBand it will allow you to layer in tracks of audio and sound and the fax and emails and then export out a finished clip. What's really neat about this one and this is what hooked me when I saw that I could do this, this tool allows you to have multiple collaborators working on an audio project at the same time and they can be remote from each other. That's really cool, so it takes kind of this kind of this Google concept, so we often with this Google concept of being able to collaborate from multiple places in the same state same place at the same time on GoogleDocs, and from we're all writing on it, this kind of thing. This idea of now not only can we do that with text in a file but we can have people in different places on a Chromebook with a microphone just talking and just into this same project at the same project at the same time.
That's really cool. This idea of giving you some kind of web-based version of that. And then there's Karen, hey Karen, but how are we doing that and using this medium, it's interesting; I'm starting to work with some classrooms about this idea of using this as as project as tool and the beauty of it again, is it's web-based, it's Chrome-based, it tied to their login, so they can work on it anywhere, so they can start in school, they could all be sitting together talking about it, then they could all home, and they go off to learn as they go in schooling out in the community, whatever it is, and they can finish this project by simply logging back into it, really cool. So the soundtrack is a website, you're going to it as a website, it's Chrome-based browser based and so that's really interesting tool to use, cos a lot of the other tools you don't talk about, GarageBand and Audacity, those are software or Apps, so we're in this Chromebook environment those are not going to work so we look to some other alternative that gives us some support, it is that ability to do that in that web-based environment. And then of course don't forget mobile devices.
If we have them, if they're around, why not use them. Some of them will give you more features than others like anything else, I always say read the description, look at the features, so audio recorder on the top there is free but it doesn't give you whole lot. You're not gonna layer in multiple tracks, you're going to record an audio track, if that's all you need to then that sounds like your tool. If you need to layer in other pieces you might need another App that you need to purchase. It might involve some more features so look for that. The picture on the bottom is called RecForge that gives you the ability to layer in some materials. You can layer in tracks on it. So these are Android Apps but I'm very much a believer of multi-platform, I'm not gonna stick with one platform, I go all over the platforms because you never know what someone's going to have, they may have an iPhone but then they may Android tablet at home.
They may have a Chromebook, they may have a MAC, I don't know, so we have to look at these different options for using these tools, get up on Sound Chat, there is a subscription fee but there is also a free personal version that allows you to do a certain number of projects. So definitely check out their website for that, cos that's the version I use, it's the personal version because it gives you a certain number of projects and if want to add more I can bump into a subscription. They have no problems. So thinking about the idea, okay I have an Android phone, I have Apple, an iPhone, so what do I need, so looking at some of these other tools, so the App on the top, Just Press Record well you can't get much more straightforward than that, there is one button, just press record and move on, the nice thing about that which I'm liking and I'm playing with it now is has an Apple watch App also, so you can do some recording on the fly, and so that's kind of interesting, and so I'm gonna try that and get a sense of how functional that might be as an audio support for people to record their own audio.
So thinking about all these tools, well then you have recorder plugs at the top, sorry, which is another one that gives you some opportunities and add purchases to be able to expand the functionality of that App. So I would look at those as an option, Nicole mentions Google Keep, yes Google Keep has a recording function and then it transcribes that information into the note feed. I know Google Keep won't come up in this webinar and that is an oversight on my part, Nicole you are right, that is the greatest tool ever, Google Keep, there I'm just going to turn my mic off, that's it. It is a great tool, so flexible, it does so much more for us than what most people of what most people think it as a note-taking tool. It gives us so much more depth of features and I could go off on a Google Keep tangent for the rest of our talk but it is a great tool. If you're not using it you should be. Well download it yet, wait til I'm done, then go download it and play with it on your phone, cos it's very really cool.
Alright we'll transition over to video, we'll talk about that, again that idea again, video consumption. Look at YouTube, YouTube has forever had nothing more and I was some I could find the actual picture and replay it every time, YouTube is nothing more than water-skin photos, we'll not so much anymore, you can go to YouTube and find just about anything. If you're stuck on an App and not sure how to use it go find it on YouTube and someone's probably gonna show you how to use it. You might get a whole bunch of people showing you how to use it, you wanna learn about something go to YouTube and search it, so there's an opportunity there for our depth of learning on YouTube that is staggering. If I could get on my soapbox for two seconds, it's a staggering depth of information and yet most of our schools we have no access to it.
So I'll leave it at that, I'm not gonna soapbox it for the rest of the time but I could, because we're doing a disservice to our learners by that, instead of blocking it focusing on strategies to teach digital citizenship and appropriateness of things, there it is. You could see I could have easily but I won't. If you haven't used any of these three dealers yet I would encourage you to go check this out. And this picture on the screen is the Google Carboard viewer so what you have there is a cardboard View-master. So if you're old enough like me to remember a View-Master where you put the little slide in it and you hit the little button so you move the slides and sometimes they were 3D sometimes they weren't; this is a new version of that.
So the viewer allows you to slide your mobile device in it and than you can watch videos that 360 degree videos. If you haven't seen a 360 degree video do your homework when you're done, it's the best kind of homework really. So as we're finished go off to YouTube and in the search bar type in 360 video, look at some of the options that come up. I know the first couple that come up, I was gonna show them today but I had this fear of people getting sick as I walked through it, riding on a roller coaster, diving with great white sharks, flying with the Blue Angels, look at you get is the ability because of the way the video was shot, you get ability to turn your head in any direction and your point of view changes, so we think about that of a way to use that to immerse our student in a learning experience; if we're working on history and we're talking about visiting the National Monument or what it's like to be at Mount Rushmore, for a student who is struggling to read or just not that interested looking at that from a handout or textbook is not gonna pull them in but what is, I can bring them there and they could walk through it using some of these viewers.
So there's been some talk about this being the next big push in technology in education, this idea of augmented reality, virtual reality, and so what we're finding is it's already happening, I just went on Twitter and I did a random search, I think I put in Google Cardboard is one put in, and it brought up all these tweets of people in their classroom using their tools. The group on the left is visiting the White House to view their viewers in the classroom. The group in the middle is watching videos about cultures they learned about in class. The group on the right is going to Mount Rushmore. And to finish talk about it we all have our own viewers and we can experience that, that is incredibly powerful, and just the amount of information that's out there, and if you wanna get a sense of what this is like, you can go to YouTube and do 360 Video at search, go to Google's website and do a search for Google Cardboard, and they will show you all videos that are done in the work in the Cardboard Viewer.
And think about getting one for yourself just to play with it if you wanna try them out, if you buy one they're probably about five bucks maybe, five or six bucks, you can get them online, maybe they might be 10, if you buy em in bulk you can get them for very cheap. It's funny because I'm shopping right now for pre-classrooms for ATI which is on Google Stocks and I'm gonna get one for everybody that brings it down to $1.50. So I mean if you're gonna buy a bunch they get really cheap, but the connection with the learning experience is very dramatic for the student. So think about that as a great opportunity. So again, those were consumption of video, what about creation, let's flip it, and talk about creation. What about this idea, think about it? Pretty much every device you have now has a camera on it, pull out a tablet, pull out a smartphone, pull up your laptop, there's a camera there that may have video capability or it should. Use that, can you use that video to tell a story?
So interesting when you kinda shake people up a little and ask for things in a different light. I teach a college course for pre-service teachers and these are teachers that are going out into the world to be educators, my class is AT and Universal Design for learning, so we hit em with all. Our class ended last Thursday and I said to them instead of filling out the survey that they asked us to fill out, I said instead of that I want you guys to just take 30 seconds and record a personal reflection. And they were completely thrown by that, because it's not the traditional way things get done, and in fact someone said, well normally we fill out a survey, and I said that's okay we're not gonna do that we're gonna do this instead. And the question came up, well how do I do that? Turn the phone and turn the camera on and just start talking to it, tell your story with video, thinking about the power of that and then we shared them with each so everyone could see.
This is very people and with people permission sometimes to use these other methods, these other strategies to tell a story, it's okay, your story is not diminished because you showed it in video versus writing it down, your story is exactly the thing and the story is probably in fact a little better somehow. So think about that, about how you could do that. How bout, I talked to you about this idea of going out and viewing 360 degree videos, well now there's an entire array of cameras available that will let you shoot you your own video. So now you can shoot video from anywhere, from about 300 bucks to about 800 bucks, give or take. I didn't check these prices recently so I'm gonna guess it's in that range but you can have your own camera that can shoot your own video, how might you use that? How bout instead of the guy that's how I'm gonna use this, I'm gonna buy one as a business expense, but how bout if your working with transition students; I support a whole bunch of transition students who are going out into the community to start work.
We're going to go visit their work sites and take video of their work sites before they get there and then we're going to work through that in class, looking at their work sites in the Google Cardboard viewers. So suddenly I can experience before I get there and I'm not going off when I experience that real world example of what's happening. So thinking about that is really powerful. Another video creation tool, a video reflection tool is Flipgrid and you're on social media, if you do Twitter, you've seen educators just ranting about Flipgrid. It's very cool as a tool and what it allows you to do through either an App or your computer is do a video reflection; so I can put a question up and then you can respond through video. In fact that link that's there will take you to a Flipgrid that you can leave a response on.
So if you maybe wanna jot that down real fast or if you're watching this video recording, pause the recording and then go to this website. It's flipgrid.com/001a0d, sorry that it's numbers and letters but that's just what came up, so it's flipgrid.com/001a0d, and then what you're able to do is put your own videos, so I have a quick little shot of it so we can see it working. So let's see if Anna Maria will flip my video for me. I'm hoping she will if I just stay quiet. Thank you. So as we think about how this might work, I'll narrate over the beginning of it and then it will pop out and you'll hear some sound. So when we think about using Flipgrid, it's an App, so you can put the App on an IOS device or an Android device once you have a code for a grid, so those number that I gave you in that link there, that zero, zero, one a, zero, d, that's the code for the grid for us right now, oh thank you Anna Maria, thank you for putting that in there, so now as you go through here's a grid, Kari will like this, there's Kari, this is the grid that we made for the AT chat on Twitter and we put it out there and said, tell us about what you think about AT, what are you passionate about?
And you see people responded and you see they pop up in their little pictures and then I'll click online and it will play. Then you'll get a sense of what it looks like. So this idea of being able to share that kind of interaction with someone, and as it was playing, so you saw it with the little recording of myself, I added those into the video so it would be captioned, so that's not the way a caption would look; the Flipgrid does allow you to add captions in now and it does a transcript as you talk. I added that into the video clip though. But this idea of communicating back and forth and sharing ideas through video and text and I can write, I can like videos so people can put their ideas up there, someone could hit like and give it a bunch of little hearts or whatever, those kind of ways engage people in learning.
So it's a really powerful too, so if you wanna check that out, again go to fligrid.com/001a0d. Alright and we can go back to our slides, Anna Marie thanks You're an excellent partner in these slides, thank you, you're doing an awesome job, I appreciate it. So there's our code again, try it out, I will leave the grid up so don't feel like if you don't do it today, it's not gonna be there, I'm just gonna leave it up, so feel free, check it out, add a video and check back to what other people have left and then comment on their videos. Flipgrid is very cool Nicole, it's really cool, what's interesting and Nicole you can drop your comments into the box as I keep going, I've found when I use this with students they jump on it instantly.
When I use it with adults it takes a little prodding and also find that I get a lot of videos from adults that have something over the camera, their hand, something like that, and that's really interesting, and that's just an observation as I use it, nothing scientific about it all just interesting. So think about this as we're making video. If you're going to create your own videos there's a Chrome extension called Screencastify which will allow you to record your Chrome browser and make short videos, so if you want to make tutorials, if you have a picture and a student wants to narrate it, that's a really great way to get them involved. If a student's not gonna be comfortable with writing, just put a couple pictures together and then narrate it, isn't that the same as writing?
To me it might be for a certain assignment, depending on what the assignment's goal is, that could work, so thinking about that as a solution, and as free and a pay, with Screencastify if you do the free, you can record up to 10 minutes at a shot, that's pretty good, and you'll get those little video clips out. You know think about our other video creation tools, iMovie lets you layer in and build video clips on your MAC. If you're on a Chromebook there is a tool that's web-based called WeVideo, it allows you to do the same thing; there's a screen capture, that's in fact what use to make those video clips that you guys are seeing. This idea of layering in video with audio, and captions, and transitions on sound, whatever it might be, and making it a fairly, professional looking video clip. I say fairly because I'm trying to be modest, but a really nice video clip, so thinking about that as a tool. This is your little did you know moment.
Did you know if you updated your IOS device to IOS 11 you know have the ability to do screen recording right on your device, it's one of the functions you have now so you couldn't open Apps and do your video tutorials right on them, that's huge if you wanna give a quick tutorial, if you wanna have someone to record themselves doing something, that lives right on your device now. As soon as you're done with your recording it drops it into you camera roll and you're able to do something with it and it's built-in, you don't need anything now except to update your devices. I have some filters and you'll see the little clip I made has a filter to it, but what's important about clips when it makes this video is automatically captions video; so I don't have to do anything else after that. Certainly I can just hit record while captioning is there I can share it with someone and I've given an accessible video clip to someone. So if you've never seen it, it will take about 20 seconds.
So we have to show it because you were before the webinar you saw us struggling with this clip and we're gonna show it definitely. So there you go, just a kind of what this one looks like just a a touch of a finger, I purposely did not fix it, that was the transcription that came as I hit record, I did nothing of that video and used Siri to do that transcription, so you see it got some of it wrong, I can go back in and fix that. I did it because I wanted to remember to point that out as well, but overall that's the only word it got wrong out of everything I said. And that was 30, however long that clip was, 12 seconds, that's how long it took me to put that clip together and I downloaded it onto my computer, put it in my Google Drive and saved it.
And so to Gloria's question, is Ciips for Android, no. Clips is an IOS App, it is made by Apple so will only work on your Apple devices. And I haven't found a comparable tool in Android because I have looked and so if someone else has found it you're a better person than me, and I can't wait for you to say it, but yeah I haven't found one. The other tools we can look and Anna Marie for time I won't show the video on this one I'll just talk about it. Another one we might use is 30hands; so 30hands is a tool that allows you take pictures put them into a sequence and then narrate each picture with audio. So I can take pictures with my phone of my office and over picture I can narrate what is happening in that little section of my room, then when I'm done, I can export that out as a video clip which has my pictures and my voice layered on top of it, really nice.
So this has an App version, there's also a web-based version as well, so you have two options there. But that's only IOS also. So we're do a couple more and I'll hopefully get time for some questions, don't forget things about green screens, so for looking for ways to engage students is as simple as putting a green piece of fabric in your room; that's the green screen from my office at home. And then having a tool that allows you to green screen, so here's an App that's called the Do Ink App, it's $3 App and it allows you to shoot video with a green screen and then you replace the background with another picture, and this idea, I'd use to twee that's why I pulled them out, the tweet on the left, these kids are shooting videos, but looking at the teacher right as part of their writing work and literacy, the class is using green screen Apps to retell their Christmas ad, so it's a retelling of literacy activity, this is not just for fun it can be for a purpose which has purpose with the music world.
The students on the right telling their story using puppets and a green screen, again they've been creatively thinking from a UDL perspective, the one I like, because it kept that idea of expert learners in my mind. And it says, our first news crew trained the next. Students learning from each other is part of the process. So no what you have is students demonstrating their mastery of something and then being able to be an expert in sense that the can teach someone else how to do this, that is great right there, the green screen is just a nice bonus on hit on what I was talking about but that is a really nice example. I'll give you a couple more than I'll leave you a couple more then I'll leave you a couple more for your questions.
Think about what you're doing with your materials, if you're going to create audio, think about spending a couple dollars to get something the decent; the picture on the right is something is the microphone I use for webinars and it's the Blue Snowball Microphone. It gives you clear audio into your computer. If you have an iPad do you have a way that you can connect external mic in with clear audio? If you're in a classroom setting or a setting where there's multiple people who might be talking, this is something I use in trainings when I go out, and it's called the Qball and it connects to a speaker on an amplifier system in the room and it is a foam bar that has a microphone plate, it's a wireless microphone; you know I can spread the bar around the room and whenever the bar stops moving, the person can talk into the black spongy piece and the microphone turns on. So check that out, that is called the Qball, really very cool, as it's called.
Think about green screens, this I just love because I think it's something else I wanna get some point. Ways to create recording areas in the classroom. The one on the left is a green screen pop-up chat and it unzips and the person can get in it with a device and create a green screen video. The picture on the right shows a teacher who created a recording studio using shower curtains in a classroom, whatever you're gonna do think creatively about how you get someone engaged in the learning experience.
And I think it is the last why with the picture, if you're going to shoot video, sometimes it's difficult holding a camera, or a phone, some of the devices that use handles for the phone or tablet, that what I use, that's iOgrapher and that allows me to stick my iPad in it and then just make handles on the sides that let me hold on to it. So it gives me some way to make better video and you see that also has experimental mic option that I put on there as well, so anything about that if you're gonna make this video and shoot a lot of video think about how you make it; sound is important, clarity of your video is important. Alright I think I answered a bunch of questions as we went but if you have one, now might be time, sorry we only left two minutes for questions, and Jennifer I apologize to your boss who's gonna get that wish list for staff. Send me pictures when you guys get all this stuff because it's really cool.