I had a request from a teacher this week for a way to put videos and pictures together into a movie/slideshow. My favorite choice is iMovie, but since it is only available on the iPad, it is limited by device. Window's Movie maker can solve this problem, but must be downloaded onto each individual machine and has too many options. Animoto is another great tool but I find it is too flashy for certain projects and limiting by time.
I turned to my favorite blog www.freetech4teachers.com for answers. Richard Byrne suggested a site Stupeflix. I was impressed by how easy I could login (using my Google account) and quickly add photos. With a few click I sorted the photos, added transitions, text and layered the video with a song. Stupeflix allows up to a 20 minute movie for free.
Some of the cons of the free account is that the videos are public and do not offer a download. When the video is processed, you can upload to YouTube/Facebook/Vimeo or share via social media or an embed code. Those who are a little tech savvy can work around these cons...
A few other limiting factors include that you cannot go back and edit the video later. The quality isn't perfect, but it did the job for what I wanted it to do.
Keep Stupeflix in mind for your next photo and video mashup!
~The IT Persin, Carol
I missed the last 2 weeks of tech tips, but yesterday I came across something that I thought I would post as "Fun Fact Friday".
While closing a help desk ticket, I wondered if I should be using the spelling "disc" or "disk" when referring to a CD. I always assumed it was like gray and grey. Curiosity got the best of me and I went to Google. Apple Support came up as my first result and gave the following answer:
The site Grammarist also confirmed this idea:
Even Google had some suggestions....
To summarize, the spelling "disc" is used to refer to a CD, DVD, etc. that can have content burned onto it. A "disk" is used for items like a a hard drive, floppy, etc. that are magnetic media.
Taking a screenshot to save an item is often overlooked. I use this feature on my phone to save a recipe. It may be used on a computer to take a picture of an important e-mail. Here is a table below of different devices and how to take screenshots on them (to the best of my knowledge)!
If you want a screenshot application with more features, try a Chrome Extension like:
Jing is another free tool for capturing and annotating screenshots, as well as capturing video. This is a program that requires a download. I use this most often for items on my blog and site.
Have a great Columbus Day weekend,
~The IT Persin, Carol
About the "IT Persin"
Carol has her degree from Duquesne University in elementary education (K-6) and the Instructional Technology Specialist certificate. She has 4 years of teaching experience K-8 & 1 year of computer para experience. Carol is currently the Technology Integration Specialist for Keystone Oaks School District in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been married 5 years to her loving husband and they have a retired racing Greyhound, Henry.
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