Multi-Media


I have just upgraded my phone from a iPhone 4 to the 5s. The camera is much improved so I am looking to do even more with video and photos for my school.

I have my new Joby Gorrilla tripod and will be looking to add a wireless mic.

Stay tuned for which solution I find.

With the increase in blended learning opportunities and more concern with using materials legally, creating your own images, videos and resources is one solution.

Today we have many resources in our pockets with our smart phones. Use your phone and media creation apps to make your own media resources.

This cool little app is free and allows you to have one smaller video playing inside a larger one. Great for making short little instructional videos on the fly. See my Posterous for an example.

I seem to always get pictures that are slanted. Image Straightener is 99¢ in the app store and easily straightens those images. Remember we do want to use the best images possible for our teaching so if you also tend to take pictures that slant, check out this app!

People today expect multi-media. It isn’t just a frill or unexpected surprise; we expect it. We expect it everywhere. Even within digital books, we want more than words and pictures.

Our students especially spend hours a day immersed in media. But then they come to school where they may not have access to media or are not involved in lessons that use multi-media. They may become disengaged and sneak out their cell phones or iPods to get their media fix. Research has shown that there are benefits to using multi-media well in the classroom.

Of course, it would not be good pedagogy to use media for the sake of using media. Teachers need to match the media to the lesson objective. It is important to select or create multi-media that engages students, but doesn’t overwhelm the lesson. In other words, the lesson needs to hold its own with the media.

Media can also be used to better communicate to community and parents what is going on inside the classroom. Teachers can include photos, videos, sounds, audio to better illustrate their classrooms. Imagine for a moment the difference of understanding of a parent reading, “The students were amazed at what they learned at the museum today.” with viewing a video clip showing the students and their reactions to the museum experience? Which would give them a better appreciation for the benefit of museum visits?

Today most of us have our iPhones with us. Our iPhone gives us the capability to create and share media quickly and easily. As educators, we should be using this tool as a major part of our teaching arsenal.

I used to not think it was important to edit pictures taken with the iPhone. I still think for most uses, you can use photos straight from the photo roll. However, I am starting to do a lot more editing on my photos, here is why:

Our students are bombarded with media all day long. They see images, hear sounds, watch videos, play games, etc from the time they wake up until they are asleep! So if we want to engage or interest our students by including multi-media in our lessons, we need to ensure that we only use quality media and interesting media. Students are not engaged by images alone. To increase the quality and interest of images, video, or audio files, we can use one or more apps to edit and enhance our media. I know that I am guilty of using an out of focus or dark or light image just to use an image. It would be better to not use the image at all. However, there are many apps that can help save some of those unusable images, and apps that can make an ordinary image into an extraordinary image. My goal is to only use quality, interesting images in my lessons and materials this year.

This year I am going to work on improving my use of various editing apps to increase the interest level and quality of my images. I am participating in the 365 Photos using the 365Photos app. I think, it will help me think about composition and encourage finding interesting subjects for photos. I am also going to aim to work on editing at least one image a day using my iPhone and apps to include in my iPhoneography set on Flickr. If I am on top of my game, I will try to keep track of the apps used to create the images.

Looking forward to growing my iPhoneography skills over 2012!

I used it for the first time since the major upgrade. The interface and layout are big improvements. I will be using this app more often.

So what are the improvements? You now can choose the layout, you then add your images then you may also attach videos. The videos are not apart of the main picture layout, but are added after the main picture layout. You may still add audio to the Blurb. The audio plays with the main picture layout. I am not certain if you can add more than one picture layout and more than one audio.

I may edit my new Blurb today to test if those are options.

Give Blurb Mobile a try!

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