The Blogging Kraken: How to Keep Up with All Your Students’ Blogs?

For those of you who get your students to write blogs, this is a great idea for organizing and keeping track of who has posted what, what you have evaluated, etc. I use Feedly (as mentioned in this post) to keep track of all the blogs, websites, etc. I consult regularly. It would be so easy to create a”collection” for your individual classes. You can save posts for later, mark posts as read and as well as post it via several social media sites. This is a great idea and I can’t believe I didn’t think of it!

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Blogging is about reading and about writing in digital spaces. We want students to make their learning and thinking visible. We are developing a platform and a blogging pedagogy for students to doc…

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How to upload your videos to youtube and have it actually work

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 10.53.02 AMWhile walking a teacher through the process of using her iPad as a document camera so that she could record her geometry lesson, we got stuck at the sharing part. It is all well and good to flip the classroom, to record your lessons so that your students can refer back to them, but how do you actually get the videos to them? The video files are too big to email. Having to transfer your video from your iPad to your computer just to upload it to a sharing device is a pain in the patootie and wayyyy too many steps. The “upload to youtube” seems perfect, especially since we use gmail and every student has a youtube account attached to it. Simple check the “Unlisted” option in the privacy settings where anyone with a link can view and you can either email the link to your students or add it to your portal.

Perfect, right?

Except for lately, I’ve noticed that uploading to youtube just never works.This annoying problem has cropped up suspiciously with the new iOS 7 and I have not found a suitable solution.

That is until I finally sought out an answer and came across this article about Youtube Capture. According to this article, youtube now has one app for watching videos and another for uploading and editing:

If you are frustrated that YouTube’s iOS app doesn’t let you upload videos, then you missed YouTube Capture’s release last December. Google decided to keep video uploading separate from video viewing. YouTube Capture made it easy to capture, lightly edit, and upload videos from your iPhone or iPod Touch, but there was no love shown for those who wanted to perform such a trick with an iPad. Now, with yesterday’s update, YouTube Capture is universal, bringing iPad videographers into the fold.

Oh. So what you are saying is that I have been dealing with this problem for over a year homer-simpson-dohand the answer was right there? A big fat slap on the forehead and Homer Simpson like Doh for me please.

Here are the simple steps you must do in order to once again upload your video to youtube:

1. Download Youtube Capture. Don’t worry, it is free.

2. Sign in with your gmail account (for us at Traf, that means our school email).

3. Allow access to your camera roll and to the microphone.

4. You will see all the videos from your camera roll on the side:

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4. Choose your video and edit it if you feel like being fancy (you can trim it just like in iMovie).

5. Tap Upload.

6. Give it a title and description (especially if you are planning on making many how to videos for your class). Having an organized, uniform system for naming your videos might be a good idea. eg. Math Sec II Transformations: Triangles. Well, you get the idea…

7. Choose your privacy settings. Do you want it to be public? If you choose this option, you can embed it into blogs and other websites. If you choose unlisted, you only get the link. If you choose private, nobody but you will be able to see it…

8. Tap Done and watch the magic happen!

NOTE: I found that the video on Youtube Capture uploaded fine but then got stuck on processing. However, when I logged on to my youtube account either via a search engine or the youtube app and tapped the video (even if it said it was still being edited) it worked almost right away. Sometimes I don’t understand technology…

 

An Example of an iPad Workflow

via Jonathan Wylie: Instructional Technology Consultant

The devil’s in the details, and though we have good intentions about how to use the iPads we get stumped by the minor, yet essential logistics of how students can effectively deliver their work to the teacher. Gone are the days where, at the beginning of class, the student would bring in their homework, lovingly (or not so lovingly) hand written or even typed on actual paper and physically put it in the hands of the teacher.

One of the lessons we have learned with the iPad these last two years is that sharing the work can be difficult, especially if they are big files (still working on that issue). Here is an example of a workflow for text documents or spreadsheets by Jonathan Wylie:

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Do you have an example of a  workflow that works for you? Please share!