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Fab Four - Facebook, Filmora, Flipgrid, And Flickr (Lesson 8 Of 30)

Hello fellow teachers!

Are you ready for Module 2 - Digital Downloads

Things will change a lot from here on out. The next three modules are very different than the first one. We will still look at creating materials using various tools in unique and practical ways, but now we will feature more than one tool every day, and show easy ways to create lesson materials. 

We will also reexamine books, and look at ways to redefine blocks of information or content. More specifically, we look at how we can make content in large chunks using video, audio, visuals and interactive text (HTML). 

We start off by looking at four great tools teachers can use to PUSH their lessons. Here they are:

I think you may have heard about this one! The great thing about Facebook is that you can create a group, from which you can post  content, primarily in video, but also text and audio and visuals. As you must know, Facebook is a great publishing platform for interacting with people, especially students. Also, it is super easy for students to join. So far over 80 students in this course have joined the Facebook group. If you have not joined yet, please do so (the link is at the bottom of the email).

This freemium tool is great for creating audio slides shows or converting audio to video. We have two tutorials showing how to do so.  Filmora is a also a useful tool for students and I often use it with them for making task-based content. Students love making their own slides shows or videos. Your homework today is to download Filmora and convert a short audio recording into a video. The video tutorials show how to do this.

With Flipgrid, teaches can create a private library of videos uploaded by the class. The teacher just needs to create an account, and then share the video entry code with the students. If students download the app, they can record and upload videos on their phone. These videos are then hosted in a private folder and the teacher controls who has access to see them. I could not make a video today, but I will make on later in the week and post it online and in the Facebook group. Still, if you go to Flipgrid, which was just bought out by Microsoft, you can learn how to use it. It is super cool, super easy, and students love it. You can leave a video for our class by going to Flipgrid and submitting a video (class code af0267, password SJtYuCKQ).

This app has been around forever and most teachers might not know how useful it is when it comes to sharing class photos. Teachers can upload boardwork in Flick in an album that students can then access via a slideshow on Blogger. Flickr is also a great tool for finding images for lesson materials. Teachers can also use it with students to create photojournalism writing assignments. 

That's it for today. Tomorrow we will look at Ge.tt, Google Draw, Gimp, and Gumroad. We will also go over how teachers can create various types of books and even sell them!

Watch today's video tutorials here.

See you then and don't forget to join us on Facebook if you can.
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Notes, Tips and Tricks!

SAAS stands for Software as a Service, which means software that you access online at a remote server. Blogger, Drive and Forms are all SAAS because you do not download them.

Audacitiy is a tradictional software in that you need to download it.

Evernote is a hybrid, like Dropbox in that you can sync it to your computer but to operate effectively, you need an online account.

For the course, you need to have a Gmail Account but once you have a Gmail account you get to access all the other Google Products for free from that account. In other words, once you have an account you can create content on Forms, Drive, and Blogger without having to create a new account!

Did you know?

On Blogger, you can create multiple blogs under one account, which is perfect for teachers with different classes of varying levels or subject matter.

Box and Dropbox are two other great free file hosting and sharing services that rival Drive. Also, for people not interested in using the Google eco-system of products, they can use Joomla, Wordpress, Wix, or Weebly just as effectively. They are all free too!


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