Activity : The QR code treasure hunt !
7 QR codes spread all over the class, each giving access to an audio definition. Each definition corresponds to a word. The seven words' first letters reveal the password of the class's dropbox! (Number 2 was no piece of cake...)
Possible uses in class: vocabulary check , webquests...
This app allows you to create one page per class. On each page, you are able to share contents with your students, and your students are able to send you documents (tests, videos...) that you will be able to publish and comment both with written or oral advice. So much ability! (Thank you Sonja!)
Equivalent platforms: eTwinning , Moodle
- One very good idea of activity: to show students a voiceless video and ask them to voice it over!
- With the appropriate app and a green or blue curtain or wall, students can create a film of themselves in various situations!
- bit.ly.com allows to shorten web addresses! (but now, we can use QR codes... ;-) )
Record whatever you need in a professional-like quality, trim the document, add effects and export it easily thanks to Voice Record Pro.
Idea of activity: What do you understand? What are they talking about? What are the words that helped you? Record yourself on a subject. Who said "..."?
Issues observed: the record is .m4a, not .mp3. / Dropbox stored documents can only be read if the reader has got the Dropbox app itself.
Acitivity in pairs : each person listens to an audio document dealing with the life of a man called Frankie, takes note of what they understood, then share their information.
To check what has been understood, we were tested via Kahoot!, an app allowing people to play online simultaneously! Players use their smartphones to answer, while questions are displayed on a screen. You get points according to the speed at which you answer.
How can we find copyright free authentic documents?
On Archive.org, you may freely download loads of documents, including videos. But you have to be careful about the videos you download and then would like to share online: they may not freely be used. For silent movies for example: the pictures are copyright free, but the music may not be: you may need to get rid of it.
Create your own Countdown game !
With Explain Everything, you can download a background, draw tiles with letters locked on them, add a timer (downloaded from Youtube), and be ready to play! Remember to lock the elements that will have not to move and bring the important elements in the foreground during the making of the game. Once it is done, you can keep it for years, so it is worth the long making of it...
Who said timers had to be boring?
Activity: Making a (very) short film !
First step: getting used to some technical terms.
- One shot: one person is seen.
- Two shot: two person are seen.
- Close-up: very close sight of one's face.
- Medium shot: one person is seen down to their waist.
- Long shot: one person is seen from head to feet.
- Shot and counter shot: a move from one interlocutor to the other (respecting a movement of 180° maximum of the camera).
Task: after watching an example of a 6 second film telling a whole story, we were asked to shoot our own films on the following topic: "Stranger at the door". We had to use each of the shots mentioned above, add a title and music, and make sure that our films are not much longer than 10 seconds (which happened to be quite complicated). 20 mn to think about what to do, then more than 40 mn for the film and final editing.
DAY 8 - Aug 8th 2018
What should be remembered about the app:
- It is not free.
- It is for Apple devices.
- To edit videos: your background goes on the bottom layer; the middle layer is where you should select "Camera" and record what is to be recorded; and the first layer is where you should have the additional things you would like to appear on screen (a second screen, an image, an animation...).
- You can edit your document with iMovie when you are done.
We had a presentation of Aurasma, an augmented reality app that can now be found as "HP Reveal". Thanks to this, you aim your camera at some precise image, and your device will spontaneously make a document appear, either it is an animated picture, a video or a photo. This is how the sight from the left window of The Den turned into this lady singing God save the Queen:
We finally ended our course with a very funny game called "Keep talking and nobody explodes". A "Bomb defuser" is sent away with a computer, on which he should defuse a bomb. Further away, a group of "specialists" can read the "Bomb manual". They must all communicate well enough so that the specialists understand the type of bomb the defuser is facing and help him/her defuse it.