Screen Recording an iOS device

I have had a few questions about how to screen record of an iPad. With the new OS X Yosemite upgrade it is really simple.

1. First screen share your iPad or iPhone with either Airplay, Reflector or Apple TV.

2. Open QuickTime and select New Screen Recording.

To begin

3. You can either select the whole screen or highlight a part of the screen.

4. Start record.

Select Device Size

5. When completed click close QuickTime and it will allow you to save your screen record to the desktop.

How to SaveDone

6. You can now import to iMovie, edit the clip and add audio and titles.


Students as the experts – Buddy Tech Support

A Year 1 teacher came to me with a problem yesterday. As it is book week, her class Where-Is-the-Green-Sheep-imagewere using ‘Where is the Green Sheep’ as motivation and writing their own version by taking photos of their sheep around the school with the iPads. They were then using Pages to collate their images and add the captions. They could have used Comic Life or Creative Book Builder or a range of other programs, but the problem would have still been the same – 5 year olds sometimes find it hard to format a page, use a text box and make sure that their creations are all in the appropriate places.

IMG_7333The solution was one that I had not tried before and it was very successful – instead of buddy reading we were going to have Buddy Tech Support.

I gave my students an outline of the Year 1’s learning task and paired them up then off they went. Each 5 year old had a 1:1 expert on their shoulder guiding them through the process.

As some began to finish they began tutorials in Puppet Pals or challenged them  to Maths and Literacy games. Their was connection between students, transference of knowledge and a very calm and caring buzz going around the class.

It won’t be a weekly thing as that would take away the power of the experience and make it routine. The next time a class is having a problem with an application the first thing I will not be doing is not working it through with the classroom teacher, but seeing if my class are able to help solve the problem.

Last Day of Term – App Smash not DVD

Kids used to love the last day of school DVD on the projector and while it was on the screen the teacher would complete the roll or compile assessment tracking data. In short the DVD was a way to keep students busy while the teacher completed jobs so that the teacher could leave a minute after the students did. But I like to create not stagnate, so I booked the pod of iPads and said your brief is to “Smash some apps into something bigger and better”.

I posed the question of what Smashing Apps meant and one girl said ‘You create something in one app, then put it into another app and then maybe do it again if you can” – she was pretty much bang on, but if you want a deeper explanation you have to read  the post ‘Why App Smash’ by @ipadWells.

So we brainstormed what apps we could use and off we went. The music was created in Garage Band, they filmed and took photos, they animated in iStopmotion and created clips in Puppet Pals HD, then they put it all together in iMovie and recorded voice overs, sound effects and foley art. There was no learning intention other than Create something and Tell a Story. There was no assessment other than ‘Did you have Fun?‘ and ‘Did you create something?’. The whole class creating, not stagnating all morning and there was constant transference of knowledge as one child learned a new way to do something then shared it with the person next to them.

So next time you think about putting on a DVD, which you know they have all seen before, get some iPads and get smashing!

Animating Poetry

IMG_6656As the class walked in today I was greeted with 1/3 less than normal due to a flu that is doing the rounds, so the lesson that was planned needed a bit of tweaking and I thought it was the right time to try a lesson that I had been planning but not had the chance to try. I have used iStopmotion a lot and used it to assess students understanding of the water cycle (Click link to article I wrote about it for the iStopmotion Blog), but I have wanted the opportunity to see how students would react to adding visuals to their poetry and making their poems into a performance piece or a short video clip. There were several ways we could have done this, but I thought that by starting in iStopmotion then finishing in iMovie we could have a lot of fun.

So with a slight twist, my 5 minute paired warmup on emotions became the focus for the lesson and the lesson that was planned was pushed back to tomorrow and we went with the Emotions vs Feelings short poem, but added the need to add some visuals.

As per usual, after a quick brainstorm of ideas, a look at a writing model and a student generated set of intentions I let the kids get on with it. As per usual i answered many questions with “I’m not sure?” or “Go ask them, I think they are doing something like that…” and off the kids went. I have to admit that I am blessed with a focused and creative bunch and it was a joy to see them create and problem solve and do things in ways that I just do not think of. Below is the example created by my Student Teacher, which I thought was a good model of what it could look like if you wanted to do this in you class and below that is one of the kids creations (Year 5) and a good example of what a 9 year old boy associates with the emotion of discusted.

All in all a lot of fun and great way to integrate ICT in a Literacy lesson.

Inquiring into the Moving Image

An early French masterpiece that is based on two of Jules Verne’s classic stories.

Since Christmas our Year 5 Humanities inquiry has been looking at the Moving Image. We tuned in with a bit of theory and worked out what we did and did not know, then we went into a series of mini investigations into what the Moving Image is and how it has changed over time. From shadow puppetry of the Han Dynasty (Pretty important when you live in China) to the Camera Obsucra to the invention of the camera and film – all were delved into, but what really took the fancy of the students was Silent Movies and the way that they were able to capture the imagination and hearts of an audience without a word being spoken.

Le Voyage dan la Lune (1902) really intrigued their thinking and then the slapstick of Laurel and Hardy caused raucous laughter. The pace, volume and tempo of the music excited the class and when something sad or serious happened in a film the change in music was depicted on each child’s face. I had never truly appreciated the power of the silent film and it took watching them in the presence of children who have unlimited access to technology to see the power of the stories being told without the use of colour or word or special effects.

So now my teacher brain kicked in again, what was the teachable moment here and were were the cross curricular links. The class had learned the skills of using iMovie on the iPads and iMacs, but now would come the opportunity to create using what they had learned. Literacy skills were engaged with script writing and drama techniques were researched as the class identified that without words the actors would need to over act. As our audience would be younger students, we identified that slapstick humour would be the most successful acting genre. I was quite chuffed when a student stated that music was incredibly important, but it would be very difficult to create any that would be effective on Garageband quickly, so we should find some some music that we could use under a Creative Commons license. This led us to Royalty Free Music, which allows you to search through different categories and even has a Silent Movie category.

Now once the planning and facilitating and questioning and idea challenging was over it was my time to sit back and watch in wonder as my Year 5 class kicked into movie making mode. It was a joy to see the social skills, ICT Skills and the co-operative learning environment that we have developed over the past 6 months flourish. They took their scripts, filmed, edited and re-filmed extra shots after reflecting on what they had created. They sourced music that they thought would suit, trialled it and then chose a different track or sped up their chosen track. The finished products were far beyond what I expected and a pleasure to watch for both the finished product and the process that they had gone through to create their masterpieces.

When we shared them to the school at assembly they were met with emotions of suspense and laughter. Over all it was a huge success and such a powerful learning experience for the class and a joy for me to see the time we had spent learning how to use an iPad being applied in such an enjoyable way. Below are two of the movies and I hope you enjoy them.

Cargobot App – Angry Birds crossed with Code Academy

Cargo Bot App - Click to be taken to App Store.
Cargo Bot App – Click to be taken to App Store.

I may be late with picking up on this, but I have just discovered Cargobot – the first App to be created on an iPad  using the Codea App and it is just too awesome. Learning coding is on my ‘To-Do’ list for the next academic year and am researching into Code Academy at the moment as a starting point.  With Cargobot you are introducing the concepts of Coding and I know that any student that I have ever taught would love the challenges that Cargobot offers.

Drew Minock and Brad Waid, the two guys who introduced me to this App,  mentioned in a webcast from #ISTE13 how they had their students using this app in class and at home when one of the students was told that they had created a new ‘Best Solution’ for the level and was asked to please record then upload to YouTube – how cool is that! Just imagine how inspired  that child have been to know that at Grade 4 they have achieved what no one else, no even the App developer, had achieved before?

Now add it to your classroom environment and you are onto a winner. The game is all about  Logic and reasoning skills, trial and error, working through a problem and persistence – skills that every teacher is trying to foster in the 21st Century learner.  When you attempt the problem you can see how many moves it takes to reach the best solution and when you reach a solution you are given a star rating out of 3 just like Angry Birds-  a 1 star or 2 star solution means your solution is OK or  your solution is good, but could be done better.  To me that becomes a second challenge and makes me want to do better – I will persist until I get those 3 stars that have eluded me.

Maybe add it as a homework challenge? In those paperless classes with 1:1 iPads it would be perfect, as all you need to do is set a level, get the kids to work on it and then record their best solution and upload it to their blog or digital portfolio through YouTube like my 2 start solution below.  The next day in class you could get into groups and discuss each others solutions, possible problems, ways to improve solutions and then rework the solution.

Further Readings

Cargo-Bot, An Addictive iPad Game That Teaches Programming Concepts

Cult of Mac – Cargo-Bot is the World’s First Game to be made entirely on the iPad

Two Guy’s & Some iPads – EdReach Presents talk from ISTE 2013

Codea App