Sunday, 19 April 2015

Say NO to Vertical Video!



VVS (Vertical Video Syndrome) caused by vertically recorded video seems to be becoming an epidemic, you can make a difference, just say NO to vertical video!

I frequently encounter video editing catastrophes where students and teachers attempt to successfully edit vertical video, it doesn't go well, generally the only solution is to reshoot the video. Think about it, the most likely situation where your audience will view your video is on a laptop, a desktop computer or or a television—none of these can be rotated to a vertical (portrait) orientation to aid viewing. So it make no sense at all to record video that does not work for the majority of contexts where it will be viewed.

It's important to always hold your smartphone/tablet horizontally (landscape) when recording video.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Explain Everything (with Google Drive)


Using Explain Everything with Google Drive on the iPad is an incredible combination. It's not always a great idea to ask students to work from blank screens, it's often useful to give them all a head start by setting up a slide or two for them.

This way they focus on the learning intention, rather than wasting time faffing about with finding the right image, or typing in text that you've just written on the board.

Here's a short video to show you the process:



As you can see from the video the steps are as follows:

  1. On your iPad in Explain Everything, set up the slides you want your class to start with.
  2. When it's ready, export the project to your Google Drive as a project (not as a video), it will be an xpl file. 
  3. You should be able to save it straight into any folder in your Google Drive, like a folder you've already shared with your class.*
  4. Now you can just ask your students to open the file in their Google Drive app, when they do, they'll have the choice to open it with an app, they choose Explain Everything, 
  5. That's it, now they have their own copy in Explain Everything, ready to learn.

Method #2


Unfortunately (at time of typing) an update from Google Drive has rendered the above steps redundant... :(

The good news is that the good folks at Explain Everything have provided an alternative workflow that is not very different:

  1. On your iPad in Explain Everything, set up the slides you want your class to start with.
  2. When it's ready, export the project to your Google Drive as a project (not as a video), it will be an xpl file. 
  3. You should be able to save it straight into any folder in your Google Drive, like a folder you've already shared with your class.*
  4. Go to the Explain Everything home screen and choose the 'document' icon from the top left corner. 
  5. Select GDrive and they can find the project in the shared folder.
  6. That's it, now they have their own copy in Explain Everything, ready to learn.






*It doesn't have to go in a folder, if you want you can just share the project file directly with the class, just as you would any other  file/Google doc.