Lindsi's teaching of Animator had a lot of fun possibilities. The flipbook design is engaging for students of any age. She gave us many great applications for the classroom for each of the apps which she taught. One of my favorites was to use Animator to make flipbooks to illustrate vocabulary. Puppet Pals 2 is geared toward secondary classes and is great for making lessons using the characters in the application. Students could use this app to create a story using their own faces as well. Its great that Puppet Pals 2 also gives teacher lessons in their options page. Lindsi did a wonderful job of showing us the best applications for our grade level.
Kelli taught us how to use Book Creator and the feature I like most about this app is that you can hyperlink pictures to a website. Another great feature is uploading your book to iBook, which is great for a flipped classroom or if you want your students to read a book that you've created on subject content. Book Creator also has many options to upload to, including subtext and exporting a a video. Once your book is exported as a video, you can view and hear the book. The ePub file can also be shared. A great application Kelli taught us was to combine books feature. Students can work on a part of a book, then you can combine all the parts to make one book. Students would have to make their books the same shape (ie. portrait, landscape, square). Teachers could also use a shared Dropbox folder to create a global book on book creator.
Dustin's Gone Google showed how we can make cool reader books with typed text and characters. This is a great way to make a video for an introductory video at the beginning of the school year. Students can also use this to create a discussion to show that they have mastered a science concept. Storyjumper is a fun website where students can easily build a storybook with characters, their own pictures, backgrounds and text which are pre-loaded into the program. With a Storyjumper account, you can view other's books or create your own book. The digital book you create can be printed, digitally downloaded or you can pay for a hard or soft cover book to be created from your digital book and sent to your home. This is a feature unique to Storyjumper which was not a feature on the other apps we learned.
Danae showed us how to use Animoto. I've signed up for a paid account, then I found out today that we get a free upgraded teacher acount. Figures. Animoto is a great application for making professional looking videos from your own pictures and videos. I like the ease of use and the ability to use Animoto either online or on my iPad, however, I was disappointed when I paid for the upgrade and found out that I could only upload 10 seconds of my videos.
Overall, I enjoyed having the rotations and being able to choose the class which I was interested in learning. The breaks walking in between class, even though they were short 3 minute breaks, were a refreshing in between break for my brain!
We also had a session on YouTube and I learned a couple of features that I didn't know about before today's class, however, since I use YouTube extensively for my business, I knew most of what was taught today.