WeVideo: Video Editing Made Easy

For the rest of the school year, our district will be piloting an online video editor called WeVideo. WeVideo comes with many of the same tools as Windows MovieMaker but with more features and capabilities. WeVideo is completely web-based and allows users to collaboratively work on a video project. 

Perhaps one of the most exciting features is the ability to have learners green screening using their Chromebooks right in the classroom using WeVideo’s “Color Keying” feature.

Make sure you check out the videos below to learn more about WeVideo and what it has to offer.

What is WeVideo?

How to Edit your Timeline:

How to use the Storyboard Editing Mode:

How to green/blue screen in your classroom with WeVideo:

 

Getting Started

We are very interested in teacher and student feedback of the program. If the feedback of the pilot is positive, there is a good possibility of purchasing a subscription to the program for our district for the next school year and beyond.

If you are interested in setting up a teacher and/or student accounts for your classroom, please contact Tim Leister at the secondary campus or Adam Geiman at the Elementary schools. Either of us can quickly create a project group for your class and send you a custom join link to be sent to all of your students to set up their accounts.

 

Adobe Spark

 

Adobe Spark Is a free web-based tool where learners are able to create visual content such as posts for social media, web stories, webpages, and animated videos. All learners K-6 are able to access Adobe Spark for Education by simply clicking on the Adobe Creative Cloud icon on the student gateway pages and logging in using their ELANCO email address and password.

How to Sign into Adobe Creative Cloud

 

Telling a Story with Adobe Spark

 

Adobe Posts

Allows learners to create an online graphic from text and photos.

Adobe Spark Pages

Learners can design and create single page websites using themes, text, copyright-friendly images, and embed videos from YouTube.

Adobe Spark Video

Learners can insert pictures, and record audio narration, as well as choose from a variety of background music.

Spring Updates

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Google Earth – Carmen San Diego is Back

Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? If you have this song stuck in your head now and are recalling childhood memories of solving clues, learning about geography, cultures while trying to catch the elusive globe traveling criminal then have no fear she is back. Google is launching a new caper in Google Earth called “The Crown Jewels Caper”.

 

Video Writing Prompts by John Spencer   

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Looking for ways to spice up writing in your classroom? Looking for resources to help your learners with writing? Make sure you check out John Spencer’s Video Writing Prompts website. Here you will find short videos giving descriptive and imaginative ready-to-go writing prompts on 9 genres as well as a link to his YouTube Channel.  

 

 

 

 

 PlayPosit

PlayPosit is an interactive video platform that easily allows teachers to transform passive video and audio into interactive experiences. Learners will experience personalized learning pathways when participating in PlayPosit bulbs. Research has shown that interactive video is three times as effective as standard video; learners explore, analyze and apply concepts at their own pace in a flipped or blended setting. Learners receive live feedback to increase long-term retention, which triples learning efficacy over standard video. Teachers gain immediate, easily-digestible data on learner performance to effectively remediate concepts and maximize instruction time. Susan Germer and Ben Levy created PlayPosit in their classrooms with their students making every aspect of this platform built to engage students and make teachers’ lives easier and more effective.

Here is a step-by-step guide for accessing PlayPosit and building fantastic bulbs:

New Year… New Seesaw Updates!!!

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Viewing student progress just got simpler

Seesaw has updated the Skills section of their program! Skills help you gain a real-time understanding of how learners are moving toward their goals.

What is new:

  • Use a star rating scale of up to 6 stars
  • Tag skills to activities before sharing
  • Assign star ratings when you approve learner work.

Never used Skills before? Click on the Getting Started with Skills link to learn how to use this powerful tool.

Goal Setting:

The Seesaw library is full of activities for learners to capture, create and reflect on their goals. Make sure to check out other learner ideas in the Activity Collection

Sample Student

Finally, facilitators can now demo and respond to activities as if they were a  learner in their classroom. Just make sure you enable Sample Student in Class Settings.

VR Global Connections in 3rd Grade

Global ConnectionsMrs. Blankley’s Language Arts class participated in the 2018 Global Read Aloud. They read the book A Boy Called Bat by Elanco K. Arnold. Mrs. Blankley’s class teamed up with a third-grade classroom from Manitoba, Canada each week via Flipgrid to discuss the chapters that were read that week. Mrs. Blankley decided to use the VR Google Expedition Kit to take her students to Manitoba, Canada so her students would have a better understanding of where the class was from. It was amazing to learn about the wildlife from that area. They were shocked that polar bears and moose lived near our friends from Canada. It was a wonderful way for the students to connect in a different way to the other class.   Global Connections

BrainPOP Summer Learning Packets

Did you know that your students and their families have full access to BrainPOP while away from school—from any device, wherever they go!?

To keep kids engaged and help ward off summer learning loss, families can sign up to receive a series of summer learning packets — staggered throughout the break — with reading, math, writing, and physical fitness activities that are perfect for the season. Let your students’ families know before you say goodbye for the summer!

PowerTeacher Pro

For the 2018-2019 school year, All Elanco Teachers will be switching to the newest version PowerSchool gradebook called PowerTeacher Pro. in August during Spartan Learning Day there will be serveral trainings for you to attend. Teachers will also have access to a test server to work with the new gradebook over the summer.

More information about the Power Teacher Pro Gradebook to COMING SOON!!!

What is great about this new update?

  1. Teachers now have web-based mobile access to the HTML 5 Grade book with full functionality, including touchscreen, on any device.
  2. The same great user experience and full functionality is maintained from any computer or tablet.
  3. Built to save time, enter scores vertically and horizontally using our quick-fill scoresheet.
  4. PowerTeacher Pro is designed for K-12 teachers to minimize time on administrative activities through technology and intuitive navigation.” — From PowerSchool.com

Compare PowerTeacher Gradebook vs. PowerTeacher Pro 

Training Videos for Teachers

Welcome to PowerTeacher Pro

 

Creating and Duplicating Assignments 

 

Scoring Assignments 

 

Using the Scoresheet 

 

 

How to use PowerTeacher Pro

 

What is new with Discovery Education?

Discovery Education Quarterly Spring Update for 2018!

Discovery Education Studio Boards is now available for all IU13 teachers and students! When teachers/students log in to Discovery Education starting today, they will see Studio has been added to the left side panel. Studio is collaborative so multiple students can work on the same Studio board at the same time.

Click on the link to learn more about what new features are coming to Discovery Education this fall.

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