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Free apps list

A list of free apps recommended by the STaRT Education Department

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Thank you for this great collection of free apps. 

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God Is.'s curator insight, May 31, 2013 9:46 AM

So much information...so little time... however, a list to consider...

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Great list!

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Totally awesome list of FREEBIES!

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Tap-Swipe-Pinch, Tablets in Education

Tap-Swipe-Pinch, Tablets in Education | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
The use of tablets in education "Tap - Swipe - Pinch" iPad, Android and Windows tablets changing the ways to learn and teach Erasmus + Course.  Euneos.
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You are invited to visit Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/Tap.Swipe.Pinch.Course/ to discuss about tablet courses with your colleagues!

Erasmus+ training courses, funded by the EU, are a good way to get better skills with tablets and apps. Three different kinds of courses - general, music, English - focus on practical didactic use of tablets. Only schools can apply. You can read more about what to know about applying in http://ilpohalonen.wordpress.com.

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What If Teachers Treated Phones in Class as Encyclopedias, Pens, and Paper?

What If Teachers Treated Phones in Class as Encyclopedias, Pens, and Paper? | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
technology in school, student-centered technology, best practices, technology and learning, authentic learning, brain-based teaching, 21st century skills, head ware

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It's only up to you to think out ways to use technology in your classes, but here are some good ideas why, and how...

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Support English-Language Learners With Scannable Technology

Support English-Language Learners With Scannable Technology | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
Scannable technology provides opportunities for students to quickly and easily interact with a variety of content. In a differentiated classroom, children should have access to resources and support materials that will push them toward success. This could be a tool to help them make meaning of the content being taught in a lesson, or it could be resources to help them gather background information before starting a new unit of study.
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ELLs can be supported by a variety of tech tools. This includes scannable technology like quick response (QR) codes and augmented reality (AR) triggers. If you need ideas...

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7 iPad Apps for Outdoor Adventures

7 iPad Apps for Outdoor Adventures | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
If you find that your children are spending time inside glued to their tablets, they might be surprised to discover that there are plenty of apps to encourage -- and require -- students to get moving outdoors. Here's a list of iPad apps that children can use to explore on their next adventure.
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interesting suggestions for outdoor activities with iPads...

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Free iPad Apps to Teach Current Events

Free iPad Apps to Teach Current Events | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
There are a variety of free iPad apps that students and teachers can use to access high-interest texts and video clips that will connect your classroom to the world.
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'Content can be both created and consumed using an iPad, and my students take on both roles. There are abundant resources forcontent consumption, and these apps can be used to teach current events.' Nothing to add... 

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Digital Storytelling and Authentic Assessments

Digital Storytelling and Authentic Assessments | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
Digital storytelling products are all about the objective. This objective might be a similar task that you would normally give students with an expectation that they include a certain amount of multimedia in their final product. Depending on their age and ability, you can give them a choice of different apps or web tools, or walk them through one app that you've picked out for this project. All students can benefit from checklists and a rubric aligned to the task.
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'Digital storytelling products are all about the objective. This objective might be a similar task that you would normally give students with an expectation that they include a certain amount of multimedia in their final product. Depending on their age and ability, you can give them a choice of different apps or web tools, or walk them through one app that you've picked out for this project. All students can benefit from checklists and a rubric aligned to the task.' 

The great thing about digital storytelling products is how easy they are to share. No moer to add :)

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Top Tech Tools for Formative Assessment - graphite

Top Tech Tools for Formative Assessment - graphite | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
Formative assessment is an important tool teachers can use to target students' learning needs. When teachers know what students know (or don't know), they can better adjust their teaching to meet the kids right at their level. These digital formative assessment tools can help you do the job.

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this is a great list of tools for formative assessment,  just decide which one to use in certain occasion...

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If you are interested in Turnitin workshops or discussion groups, contact the UNOH CEE at cee@unoh.edu.

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Teachers and students.

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Hainbat webgune jarduera desberdinak egiteko ikasgelan.

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Tech It Up Tuesday: Grab a ThingLink Account for Your School District

Tech It Up Tuesday: Grab a ThingLink Account for Your School District | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
Hey, edtech gurus! It's Tuesday again and time to focus on another resource that can be utilized in the educational setting. This week I'm turning things over to my one of my rock star colleagues, ...
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I think Thinglink is very useful and here is another example of what can be done with it. 

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40 Uses For Smartphones in School | ExamTime

40 Uses For Smartphones in School | ExamTime | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
Did you ever think the day would come when you read the title: 40 uses for smartphones in school. Well it's here now. Read on to see what these uses are.
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How much could be done just by using smart phones, creativity, activity and independent learning (40 ideas)...

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Google Tips and Tricks - "I didn't know I could do that in Google!"

Google tips and tricks presentation to educators on Nov. 6, 2014 at BIT14 (ECOO) in Niagara Falls Ontario Canada.
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There is never enough info on certain topics. This time Google tips show how much you can do with Google account. Some tricks we maybe didn't know about or are not aware of them...

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Jane Hart: Learning in the Modern Workplace - it's more than (e-)Training

Jane Hart: Learning in the Modern Workplace - it's more than (e-)Training | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
How much learning are you enabling in your organisation? Are you only creating, delivering and managing courses? Or are you supporting all the other ways people learn in the workplace? Don't get pa...

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Learning happens everywhere so take advantage of this fact in every situation and give learners opportunities to experience the modern learning space.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 12, 12:35 PM

Clever way to look learning, captured in a simple graphic.

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 14, 11:16 AM

Model of organizational learning. 

e_learnglobal's curator insight, February 19, 5:52 PM

A great distinctuon of different types of learning! 

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Grammarly | Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader

Grammarly | Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
Check your grammar right from your browser or Microsoft Office. Improve your writing in emails, documents, social media posts, messages, and more.

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..always handy when writing :)

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, February 18, 11:45 AM

Toujours intéressant de tester comme beaucoup d'autres ressources en ligne pour l'orthographe. 

Trent Online's curator insight, February 18, 4:00 PM

An excellent grammar-checking and grammar-advice tool

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 18, 9:10 PM

I'll have to try this new service. 

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Tips for Taking Notes

Tips for Taking Notes | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
Taking notes is an important part of studying, but how we take notes is equally important. Many students may have formed their note-taking habits before they even reach your class. However, there a...
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An example how effective note taking can be both for teachers and students, specially with tablets and a possibility of synchronizing on all devices...

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The Internet in Real-Time (how about your class?)

The Internet in Real-Time (how about your class?) | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
From tweets to likes, see how fast data is generated every second on the internet in this interactive visualization.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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amazing :)...

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Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator

Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
The educator becomes a connected educator and through sharing, is an active participant and contributor to the connected educator movement.

Being a connected educator means connecting with other teachers to exchange ideas, improve your teaching practice, and in turn, make a change in education. It is only through being connected that we can collaborate and help to foster learning for the 21st century and beyond. (Being a Connected Educator)

The gap between what is and what could be in education is larger than it ever has  been.  I believe this is largely due to technology and the ability to establish global connections because of social media. Educators are more connected and more aware about education trends than any time in the history of public education.

Imagine how education could be transformed if all educators use their own personal, often passion-driven voices. The bottom line is that if any individual educator believes there are flaws in the education, that it can be done better, then s/he has the responsibility to say something. I reaching the point that I am starting to believe it is a moral imperative for educators to share what they know to be true with other educators; and with administrators, students’ families, community members, politicians . . . the larger global society.

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/professional-development-why-educators-and-teachers-cant-catch-up-that-quickly-and-how-to-change-it/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=practice

 


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...and yes, we learn best from each other... you only spice it with your own ideas.. and the story grows...

 

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Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, March 31, 6:19 PM

We must break down the barriers and share our ideas to improve education.  It seems obvious that our national and state leaders have given our school system their best efforts and we still have too many children unsuccessful. Teachers are overworked, students over tested...we must creat a grassroots revolution to change the system for our children And their teachers.  

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 31, 9:34 PM

I don't think this is a new responsibility, but it is important.

 

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J'aime ce post parce qu'effectivement, tout prof devient de facto une source pour les autres en matière de connaissance. Pourquoi pas le partager ?

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Mobile Learning: 6 Apps and Web Tools for Middle School Students

Mobile Learning: 6 Apps and Web Tools for Middle School Students | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
Building vocabulary with a smartphone game? Frog dissection in science class without the mess? These are just a few ways mobile devices are changing how students grasp subjects
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 suggestions of apps for learning

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Stream Videos with Free iPad Apps

Stream Videos with Free iPad Apps | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
The days of running to the VCR to record a clip off a television program are long gone. If you want to hook students with a film clip, to connect your classwork to reality television, or to inspire children's interest in a topic through educational programming, there are many apps that can be used to stream content on your iPad.
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There are many free iPad apps for streaming video that will work great in your classroom.  Here are some of them mentioned.

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Kleinspiration: Tons of Classroom Examples Using Augmented Reality with @Aurasma - A Complete How-To Guide!

Kleinspiration: Tons of Classroom Examples Using Augmented Reality with @Aurasma - A Complete How-To Guide! | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
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Worth going through excellent examples of use in real situation in the classroom...

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5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools

5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson.
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It's always handy to have these great tools (apps) ready during the lessons, great for students and teachers to check the learning workflow...

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Teaching with EdTech : Engage. Assess. Digitize. Socrative!

Teaching with EdTech : Engage. Assess. Digitize. Socrative! | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
Digital tools have been key to data driven real time assessment. Many schools have bought into class sets of clicker response systems so that teachers can set-up their own virtual assessment or assess instantly on the spot. Now that schools are buying into more high-tech tools such as tablets, app developers like Socrative have designed a digital platform for tablets to have the same, if not more, features as these clickers. I have recently shared the Socrative app into the Cube for Teachers database as an assessment tool. 

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Socrative is an userfriendly and handy tool especially for formative assessment....

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A Round-up of The Best iPad Apps for Teachers and Educators

A Round-up of The Best iPad Apps for Teachers and Educators | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
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A useful list of apps for those who use iPads in teaching and learning

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4 questions to expert content curator Karen Dietz

4 questions to expert content curator Karen Dietz | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
Every week, one curator answers four questions to help you understand why curation should be part of your content strategy. This week, our guest is Karen Dietz.
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Content curation is not only one of the buzz words nowadays, but it is also an important step to sharing the content in the right way...

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Learning Theory v5 - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory v5 - What are the established learning theories? | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it

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a great overview of the topic

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, February 25, 5:45 PM

Well done mindmap about learning theories.

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, February 27, 4:53 AM

Really useful mindmap with links to further info about the theories and theorists. Shame it isn't in an easily downloadable format.

Cris Mepham's curator insight, February 27, 6:52 AM

If you need a few ideas!

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Real-time blended learning: 5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom

Real-time blended learning: 5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom

The answer: in more ways than you could imagine. While Skype was not designed as an educational tool, it’s quickly becoming one as teachers discover the many ways it enriches their lessons and the lives of their students. Even something as simple as hosting a guest speaker through a video call can add excitement to a lesson.

As with any tech tool, it can seem daunting to introduce this into your classroom at first. If you don’t know where to start, try one of these five creative ideas.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Skype

 


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As always you just have to have rich imagination and ideas how to use tools for creative and useful educational purposes  and it works!!! :)

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Jen Pollard's curator insight, March 15, 4:40 PM

Skype is a great tool to use in learning as it provides real time engagement with experts. This a great article with ideas about thinking outside of the box when integrating Skype. 

Phil Hobrla's curator insight, March 16, 8:04 PM

Microsoft recently showcased a new Skype feature that allows for real-time, two-way, voice translation! This feature will make the Skype Cultural Exchange even more extensible and will allow those who use Skype for non-native language acquisition to have in-depth conversations, in their own languages, about their progress and issues in their learning. 

Henry Lee's curator insight, March 16, 9:25 PM

Rescooped from Sarah Kozlowski. This make distance learning possible for virtual classrooms. While this setup up isn't ideal for a lot of virtual classroom setups, it can work as a low-tech solution.

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Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
The Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Infographic presents types of activities and grading and feedback criteria to help you plan better assessments.

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A clear and useful list of activities for assessment.

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Karen Molineaux's curator insight, February 25, 8:06 PM

This is a pretty good infographic that serves as a guide when trying to decide what type of activity and grading to do when addressing Bloom's...

Tom Stream's curator insight, March 1, 12:44 PM

As we move to more online learning opportunities, we are going to have to evaluate our evaluation tools.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 3, 6:25 PM

J'aime bien le dessin, mais aussi la manière de mettre en évidence les différentes manière pour faire du e-learning.

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Creating Video Projects

Creating Video Projects | learning by using iPads | Scoop.it
Creating Video Projects

2/4/2015

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In this post I'm going to talk about creating videos with your class. I'll take you through some simple steps to get your students going.

I've been using student-generated videos in class for a few years now and I just love the challenge that it gives to the them. The main draw for me is the fact that the students are engaged in real-world dialogue, that hasn't been pre-decided by myself or a textbook. As the students work together to understand how to complete the project, they have to negotiate meaning and constantly try to get their ideas across. At first it is justifiably complicated and can cause frustration. But what I do see is students slowly coming out of that comfort / fossilised state as they learn to navigate new language structures and make sense of what they are trying to do. The guide below will give you some steps you can follow for when you want to make your own video project.
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Step 1: Project Theme
All projects need a theme to get started, it could be something that is already embedded in your own curriculum, or it could be something that you can adapt. Whether the project is taken from an existing module or created separately, make sure that it is something that the students can get their teeth into. By that I mean, something with substance, that isn't too focused. Let the students take the project where they'd like it to go - with your guidance of course. I like projects that get students to solve a problem, or make sense of a situation. Some of my past projects have included: redesigning the classroom, turning an empty space into something new, deforestation, refugees and special needs. Your project theme will of course depend on the age and respective level of your students.
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Step 2: Assessment
This is fundamentally the most important part of the project planning stage. There are a few questions to ask yourself before starting the project with your students.
1. What aims am I hoping to achieve?
2. What will the students gain by doing this project?
No one likes a project without meaningful aims, so get these planned before you start. I usually assess process and product as two separate entities. Let's look at what you could assess from each.

Process (soft-skills): teamwork, participation, collaboration, listening to my team mates, meeting deadlines etc.
Though not on many curricular, soft skills are a great way to engage the students in the learning process. These skills will have to be assessed via a self-assessment, as much of the time they are not seen by the student.

Product: Design, writing, grammar, comprehension, creativity, critical thinking etc.
The product aspect can be assessed by the teacher, or the students themselves can play a part in this process via peer-assessment.

Projects require students to take on greater social roles as they engage on a different level with other students. They have to negotiate conflict, students who don't want to participate, and the learn to skills, so it's important that they see they are getting credit for all their hard work.
Step 3: Benchmark
My early projects never really lived up to my expectations until I realised that I hadn't provided a clear benchmark for the students to aim towards. Imagine asking your students to write a narrative story, knowing that they had never even seen or read one. In effect that's what I was doing. So, I soon as I started providing samples, the students had something to emulate. With videos the concept is the same. If I want my students to create a documentary, I of course have to provide the students with a sample documentary, so they have a reference point.
Step 4: Tools
For this your students will need:
Smart Phone - any smart phone will do, as long as there is a camera. When there are students without a smartphone simply group the students with smartphones.
Headphones - hopefully your students will have the new-ish headphones with mics attached. If your students use the built in mic on the smart phone, there will be too much background noise. Plug in the headphones and put the mic near to the person who is talking. You'll be surprised how good the quality is.
Editing software - If there are PCs, Macs, or even smartphones you can find editing software, whether it's Microsoft movie maker, or iMovie. You can even use an online service like Animoto which is an easy way to edit video.

Note* The teacher does not need to know how to edit video. And, your students do not need to know how to edit video. When they ask me how to do it, I simply guide them to my assistant teacher: YouTube! All my students have gone from zero editing experience to amazing editors in a matter of hours. In fact, they are the ones who have taught me how to edit video, and that's exactly the point. As teachers we can share the learning experience with the students.
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Step 5: Support & Feedback
The most important step is this one. When the students feel overwhelmed by the process, which they inevitable do sometimes, you just need to be that guiding hand that let's them know that it's going to work out and everything will be ok. Those simple words can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful project.

For some if not all this will be the first video project for the students, and it may be for you the teacher also. Have regular meetings with each group and just check on their process. Offer advice on how it could look and sound better and encourage the students to be critical of their own work. What do you think? Do you like this bit? Have you tried putting this over there? These questions help the students to reflect on what they are doing and in some cases help them to answer their own questions.
Step 6: Showing
After all the hard work you need an event to showcase all the films. I usually ask the class to organise a film festival. They need to create a name, makes a schedule, send out invitations, get refreshments, and find an M.C. This is usually where the students see their hard work pay off and it is such a fun event for all involved.

Sample Project
A simple but fun project to start with is based on the videos '50 people 1 question' project. This project can be tired into any theme or class topic. If the students are to learn about conservation, ask them to create questions around this topic. Here are some steps to get you going.

Step 1 - Show your students one of the 50 people 1 question videos.
Step 2 - Put your students into groups and ask each group to create a question.
Step 3 - Decided how many people to ask. (I usually say 20, but it could be fewer or more).
Step 4 - Decide whether to ask students within the class or school, or people within the local community.
Step 5 - Start interviewing.
Step 6 - Show sample YouTube videos on editing with iMovie, Windows Movie Maker etc, and ask the students to use these to help them learn how to edit.
Step 7 - Hold regular meetings to give feedback on the videos (sound quality, video quality, length etc).
Step 8 - Upload the video to YouTube and use the auto subtitle feature. The students will, though, have to listen and check for mistakes. This is hard and they'll need your help. Still, it's great listening practice!
Step 9 - Set up a film festival event to screen the videos.

There are two videos below. The video on the left was created by my students, whereas the video on the right is from the actual 50 people 1 question project. For my students their project centred around tourism, so they created a question around this.

I just love seeing what each group eventually comes up with and I am constantly impressed by the amount of work that they put into it. The students who created the video above had 2 weeks to do everything. However, you could give your students longer if you had the time. By the end of the project they have learn soft-skills, such collaboration, teamwork, creativity, as well as technical skills such as video creation. In my class the focus is English learning, so throughout the project English is the language of negotiation with their team mates, so they end up speaking a lot. And for me the best thing is that this English is real and not subscribed. The students create language and learn new language in order to express their ideas and thoughts.

I hope this post has been useful. If you have any video projects I'd love to hear about them!
Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s insight:

A great idea how to use video in education. Examples included.

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