Oct 062017

adobe spark iconAdobe Spark is is a suite of FREE apps, including Video, Post, and Page, that allows you and your students to create beautiful social graphics, web stories and animated video – in minutes – without being a creative professional. With Spark in the classroom, you can easily create high quality reports, research papers, posters, writing assignments, presentations and so much more. See some examples and resources on the Adobe Spark in the Classroom page to discover how your classroom creativity can be enhanced. You and your students can use Adobe Spark on any desktop or laptop, Chromebook, or on any iOS device with the Adobe Spark apps. And yes, it is completely free!

Spark Video

Whether you want to gain a following, launch an idea, or support a cause, video is the most engaging way to communicate. Create and share compelling videos in minutes by easily combining video clips, photos and icons into an engaging product. Add impact with text overlay with no design experience required! You can also select from a wide variety of free soundtracks, bring in your own personal music, or even use your own voice to make your point. Spark Video also includes a wide array of rich visual themes to match your story, mood, and message. Each theme includes beautiful transitions and motion that bring your story to life.

Spark Post

Create stunning social graphics in minutes. Get started by previewing a huge assortment of professionally designed templates, and make it your own with a few simple steps. Turn your text and photo into a professional-looking graphic by simply applying the theme of your choice. You don’t need any design experience! Resize your text to your liking – beautiful typography is applied on the fly. It works like magic. There are also automatic sizing options so that your graphic is the perfect height and width for Facebook, Pinterest, or a banner for your web site or Canvas course. Once you have created your masterpiece, it’s simple to share it to social media, or download the image file to use as needed.

Spark Page

Create beautiful web stores by taking your photos, videos and text and easily adding them into a stunning professional web page layout. Photos can come from your own device, from your favorite cloud services, or choose from thousands of free stock photos. Your text, photos and videos instantly come into life with fluid, elegant motion. You call it easy, but your audience will call it amazing.

May 022013
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Aug 032011

Here’s the agenda and resources for our Digital Video in the Classroom session today:


  • Importing Video and Images into your Project
    • The nice thing about iTunes & iPhoto…
  • Basic Edits
    • Trim vs. Crop
    • Splitting clips
    • Separating Audio from Video Tracks
    • Changing the direction of a clip
    • Speed up/slow down clips
  • Adding Still Images
  • Adding Titles, Transitions & Effects
  • Adding Audio & Sound Effects
  • Discussion of Copyright Issues
  • Sharing your work
  • Wrap Up

Some resources that you might find helpful:





Apr 262011

In case you didn’t know, SnipSnip.it is an easy way to share your favorite parts of videos you like.

Here at SnipSnip, we believe that there are two kinds of people in this world… The kind that just snip videos and the kind that do more with those snips. If you fall into the second category, then you’re in luck. Soon, SnipSnip will allow you to do more with your snips.

Until then, snip on!


Excellent idea! What a great tool for educators who are integrating YouTube videos into their instruction – too bad it only works if YouTube is not filtered in the district.

I wish that this site would go one step further and allow you to download your snips – but I guess that there may be too many copyright implications with that. Maybe they are hinting at this feature above???

May 212010

Yesterday I was trying to help a teacher who is trying her hardest to effectively use video with her class. She has done a great job all year, but had fallen victim to the morass that is all of the different video codecs out there for video (both online and with different cameras), and all of the Mac Vs. PC video incompatibilities.

She has also learned the hard way that just because a video is ‘saved’ on her blog does not necessarily mean that she can retrieve that video from the blog to include in a DVD of the class videos from the year.

With a suggestion from a colleague, today I found a way to get that video back out from Blogger that was seemingly locked up in a Flash video container and convert it back to the .mov format that it began life in. Here’s what I did:

  1. I headed to this teachers blog page on Blogger.com, and watched the video in Flash format on my computer.??
    1. a. Make sure that you have a file in your ‘Downloads’ folder called “videoplayback.flv” – this is the Flash container that the video file lives in.
  2. Download and install MPEG Streamclip from??Squared 5. It’s available in both Mac and PC formats, so it plays nice on both sides.
  3. Download and install the??Perian preference pane??from??Perian.org. It’s the “swiss-army knife for QuickTime”, and allows playback for a LOT of the video formats that are out there.
  4. Open up MPEG Streamclip, and then open the videoplayback.flv file from your downloads folder, and confirm that you do, indeed, have the video in question, making sure that the entire clip and audio are intact.
  5. In MPEG Streamclip, head to the File menu, and select ‘Export to QuickTime…” I stuck with the default settings that came up in the next window, and click “Make Movie”. The only thing that I changed was the filename from the existing name to one that made sense for the video.
  6. Sit back, relax, and let the magic happen. Once it’s done transcoding, watch the video in it’s new format in the QuickTime player, use it in iMovie, or whatever else you want.

Note: Do NOT do this with copyrighted video! This video was created entirely by the teacher I was working with, and had no copyrighted materials in it.
Apr 142010

eMedia??is still the first place to look for thousands of educational videos available for teaching Utah’s core curricula, but it has a new look and feel and may look a little different to you. The new interface is much easier to navigate and is designed to get you the educational video content you need quickly!??eMedia??is accessed through Utah’s??Pioneer Online Library,??along with a wealth of other great resources.

There are??a few things that MAY need to be updated to get started??and successfully use eMedia in your classroom on your computer. There is also a??Getting Started Guide??to help you with some of the most frequently asked questions.

Audio Book links and resources:
Lit2Go??- Free audio ‘books’ from the Classics in chapters that you can download for free from iTunesU