How exciting! You came here looking for great information about BreakoutEDU. Well, just to "tease" you a bit, below is a short video about BreakoutEDU. However, to get more detailed info about the platform and its potential for higher-order teaching and learning, please follow this link to my blog, Ed&Tech566. See you there.
Book Creator started as an app for the iPad, and quickly grew to become a best-selling Education app in the App Store, with over 30 million e-books made in classrooms across the world. Now they have created a platform for both your iPad and an e-based platform, that way anyone can create a book on any device.
With Book Creator you can...
Add text, images, drawings, shapes, audio and video.
Create awesome comics
Publish and share your books online
Work collaboratively and combine books from multiple authors.
·After a school year, you can archive your library and start over
·Simple to use: less options means less time toying around
·Not many pre-made objects, shapes, or people
·Limited books available for free trial
Book Creator & The SAMR Model
Substitution: Assessment of language acquisition skills through the use of written text in the e-books students created, as well as through the ability to record audio and place audio files into the e-book.
Augmentation: Through use of apublished e-book, students gain a more professional level of communication in a published book, to gain efficiency and to add authenticity to the demonstration of learning
Modification: Students continuously reflect on the book creations through feedback. The teacher or students can provide feedback to one another using the audio feature and adding an additional page. This provides four advantages: students could work on the rough draft of the ebook at any time, both the teacher and student have the feedback available since it is in audio format, Students create a lasting product that demonstrates their understanding, and the reinforcement of language acquisition being a constant growth through learning and reflecting.
Redefinition:Creating an e-book presents the opportunity for students’ writing and creation to be open to the global community. Teachers from across states, countries, or the globe can share their libraries electronically.
Statement from their Privacy Promise: "Book Creator is run by Red Jumper Limited (we, us, our) and we collect and use information in order to run and manage Book Creator. This policy sets out how we do this and applies to anyone who uses Book Creator, whether by uploading book content or creating and using an account. Please read it carefully and if you are under 13, please ask a parent or guardian to read it for you."
Flipgrid is a online video discussion platform. Signing up is free and it gives you access to one grid. Once you have a grid created and named, you can start posting questions or topics for conversation. Each question/topic creates its own video discussion board and anyone who has the code can access it. Once the board is accessed, the student can view existing videos on the board or add their own video to the discussion. You can provide access to these codes by sharing the URL, embedding the code in a Google classroom announcement, or by posting a QR code for mobile access.
Flipgrid’s mission is to “empower learners of all ages to define their voices, share their voices, and respect the diverse voices of others.” I think this platform does support their mission statement, as diverse students at all academic levels can easily access this platform. Students are not required to demonstrate their understanding with academic constraints, but can use voice to explain their thinking and share their understanding. This tools is great for all students, but is an exceptional support for EL students. EL students tend to develop oral language acquisition first, so it allows them to clearly represent their ideas. Flipgrid also has nice capabilities for students with special needs. Students can access content that is both visual and contains content can be replayed, if necessary. Videos can be liked by other viewers by clicking on icons at the bottom of the video. The idea of “respect,” as mentioned in the mission statement is maintained by the positive icons available to support the video.
The only downfall that I experienced was that I had a few students who were camera shy. I also noticed that my students with Autism had a harder time sharing their ideas verbally.
Number Talks: Using Flipgrid allows more time for students to think about and respond to the math problem. Also, everyone gets to share their voice and add to the conversation.
End of the Unit Thinking Routine: Use the powerful thinking routine “I used to think, now I think” to have students reflect on their learning at the end of a unit.
Augmentation (Direct substitute with functional improvement)
Book Discussions: One example might be – predictions. These are great because once posted on a grid, you can go back to them later when you are done reading. Then have students comment on their prediction – analyzing how they got it right or might be wrong, The comment might include a deeper look into the evidence presented in the text like foreshadowing and context clues.
Modification (Task redesign)
Student created math tutorials: Provide a topic where students can post questions or calls for help. Have students add math tutorial responses on a predetermined math skill. Then share the filled Flipgrid Topic as a resource for others to use like a “math help hotline.”
Redefinition (Creation of new tasks)
Collaborative Flipgrid: Collaborate with a teacher from another state. Share a grid with each other with one topic being your state and another topic being their state. As students begin to learn about their states, they post fun facts about each state – and ask questions of each other.
* These ideas for the SAMR model were provided by Flipgrid. You can find these ideas and more in “Use Cases,” under the Resource tab on the Flipgrid website.
What do you know about privacy/ data collection/safety?
I'm pretty impressed by this app. Explain Everything is a fairly intuitive screen casting and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you animate, narrate, annotate, import and export. Using iPads, teachers and students are able to create animated stories, tutorials, presentations and more. The content you create through this app can capture the process and/or the product of the learning experience. You can either start from a blank canvas or prepare a presentation in advance (similar to PowerPoint but much more interactive).
After exploring this tool, I definitely see its value for a diverse range of ages (from upper elementary all the way to high school) as well as a diverse set of learning styles and needs. I see this tool being a great fit for ELLs and LD learners as well. It allows students to demonstrate their thinking in a multitude of ways; they can artistically draw out their thought process, find tools (such as graphics and pictures) to demonstrate their ideas as well as orally explain themselves through voice recordings. The options here bring us way past paper assessments.
Basic How-To Video that I found valuable:
Some ideas for using Explain Everything:
Augmentation:Students are given access to their teacher's presentation and slides and take notes directly over the slides that they can revisit later.
Modification: Students are given a template from the teacher. They annotate over the template, send it back to the teacher, and the teacher presents annotations that she thinks show a deep level of understanding.
Redefinition: Students draw and record their thinking around a topic then share it with a partner. The partners then annotate over the original videocast, pausing it and adding in comments and additional graphics (highlighting, arrows, etc.) to connect their ideas to their partners' ideas.
How is this different than other presentation software?
Explain Everything will record what you're doing in real time.You can either record as you create the graphics or create all of the graphics first and then record after or add onto the graphics while recording later on
There is also a slide option that allows you to create different sessions with separate drawings and voice recordings. My favorite feature is that you can import preexisting videos and images, you play videos while you annotate over the top of them with both audio and visual media.
I found navigating the account/subscription process to be pretty confusing. Here is what I found:
1. You can either buy only the Classic tool (for $9.99) or get the subscription (which is $4.99/month or $24.99 annually for an Individual Account). The subscription for 5+ EDU Group Account would cost $4.99 per person (or device?) per year.
Downsides to the tool?
-Steep learning curve for lower elementary students
-Pretty expensive for each student to have their own account (apparently it used to be you bought the app and then didn't have to pay anything else? Hard to find sharing information now that the licensing has changed).
What about Privacy?
*Children under 13 years old are not allowed to create an account without a parent or guardian’s permission.
My first Encounter with Adobe Spark Video was this past summer in digitalstroytelling class. Both Adobe Spark Video and WeVideo caught my attention because they were very simple to use and did not take up time.
basically you create a quick video. You insert icons, text, audio, pictures,videos. each slide can be up to 10 sec long.
i would say it is it is a great suplementsry tool if kid is talking about how they spent vacation; or any kind of presentation. I would say it does a better job than powerpoint. Simple and does not have too many options which is great for the children. ELL student could use it to help explain something but again i see it as supplementary tool. This could easily turn to 'death by powerpoint' so kids would need to be encouraged to keep it short!
Substitution- student instead of presenting by talking creates a quick video with text and audio and plays it. that could help kids with selective mutism. they talk at home on their own but refuse in front of people
Augmentation - kid presents but supplements it with quick pictures and videos for engagement
Modification- kids work in groups and upload video about animals going extinct for feedback
Redefinition - kids work in groups and upload video about animals going extinct for feedback. find other similar videos and share with each other???
1. Go on the website and create an account. Two options: through Facebook or through email
2. It is for free but there is an upgraded version:
4. Advantages- FREE/ you can save your work/very simple to use/ quick/ if want updgrade it's cheap/ limits each slide length to 10 sec
5. Disadvantages- collects your info/ limits each slide length to 10 sec ;-)
Comics have some great uses in the classroom and in a variety of curricula. From pre-readers to high school students, from English to ESL to Science and Math, comics can help students analyze, synthesize and absorb content that may be more difficult when presented in only one way. Here is one of the comic tools that I have explored for this Speed Geeking Project.
'Storyboard That’ is a browser-based storyboard creator that allow users to create storyboards, graphic organizers, comics and visuals. The application includes many layouts, characters, scenes and search items. Once a storyboard is created, the user can present via PPT, Google Slides, email, post to social media or even embed on a blog. Users also have options to store their visuals on their account so that they can access it anywhere, from any device.
lPersonal information is only required to create free account (profile information, name, email address, and zip code). More information (payment information) is needed if you are upgrading or pay fees.
lMain reason to collect and store user data is to provide service and for internal operation, product development and administrative purposes.
One thing I really liked about this website is that it has teacher resources available.
lTeacher guides and common core aligned lesson plans
lVariety of tools for Elementary, middle and high school, history, SPED, STEM, health and lot more
I thought this website was well organized and easy to find important information. It is very user friendly- if you just click on 'create storyboard' it will direct you to a clean storyboard layout where you could be creative. All features (settings, characters, textables, shapes etc.) are listed above the cells. There were many characters and setting options to choose from. I also liked how you didn’t need to create an account to play around and see what’s being presented. One feature that I found it very interesting was how you could personalize your storyboard by uploading your own images.
I can see how Storyboardthat can align with all 4 stages of SAMR Model
lSubstitution: Students can make comic strips digitally rather than by hand.
lAugmentation: teachers can create a standard comic with blank text and have the students come up with the narration and comments to summarize a particular event
lModification: students can create their own comics with specified character or events to demonstrate their understanding of a certain event (great for narrative writing (B.M.E) or when teaching about sequence)
lRedefinition: students can create their own comics with their own characters, settings, and text to construct their own knowledge about a concept, event, or characters.
lCould be pricy when purchasing it for every student.
nThere is a free trial options if you want to try it out before purchasing.
I created infographics for my Speed Geeking project.
Most of the different websites I tried, Easely (more "complex"), Vennage (lots of graphics, can't save), VisMe (simple to use, good image choice), Piktochart, were similar... I did find the Easely "introduction video" to be the best, and it kind of sums up what each of these products offers (although not all allow you to save your Infographic).
The basic steps were:
1. Sign up for a free account (the biggest limits of the free account were access to images, and ability to save)
2. Choose a template
3. Change/adjust photos and graphs to fit with information -- The ability to create a graph was by far my favorite feature of creating an Infographic
4. Save, publish, and share -- One important note is that some of the free versions don't allow you to save a copy on your computer!
Your finished product could look like...
Pretty simple, right? Four steps, and fairly quick--I found the process to be very user-friendly (some sites more than others). While I could see using this in the classroom being very engaging for students, I think there have to be some parameters. It could easily be an activity that is primarily Substitution--are you just having students choose pictures and write down facts? Great, but that's no different than high-tech notetaking. I also feel that there could be the potential to create the Infographic itself fairly easily with just a pen-and-paper.
I think where the task begins to move towards modification is in having students edit, resize images, and create their own graphs. Also, how are students sharing these infographics and getting feedback? If they share their inforgraphics with students in different classes, maybe that stretches this activity further.