“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” —Bill Gates

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Google Search App - Revised

No, it's not deja vu, I had reviewed this app back in March. However, after I updated several apps on my iPad, I noticed that this one didn't look the same. I went back to see the old blog post for this app, and yep, there it was, it was different! So I'm rewriting that post again today. Here goes...

I am very excited to share with you an iPad app that I've been trying out. The app I'm referring to is called "Google Search". It brings the power of Google to your fingertips...literally!

It's a free app that you can find in the iTunes Store, yet so powerful. Let me show you a little how it works.

After you open the app, you will find some options to choose from:

What I use the most is "Apps".

I basically use Calendar, which shows your daily agenda, and Drive, which gives you the mobile view of your docs. Cool!

The amazing options I'm so excited about that I've been trying out are Voice and Goggles. With Voice you can speak and enter a search query. Here's a video that demonstrates this.

There is also Goggles. Awesome! Just point your camera at anything: an object, a picture, a book, etc. and Google will search for it's description. It’s a little tricky to find. When you search, before typing anything, look for the camera and mic on the keyboard.

If there is text involved, Google will recognize it and offer to search and translate it. Here's a video that demonstrates what happens when I take a picture of a book through Goggles.

Isn't this wonderful? Now you try it out! I hope you have fun trying out these great features!


Monday, May 20, 2013

YouTube Video Editor

Hi! This is the third and last post of the YouTube series. If you're familiar with iMovie or MovieMaker, you'll love the YouTube Video Editor. It's really easy to use! Spare yourself from having to export and upload again, and again, if you happen to make more changes to your videos. It's all done online, so no need to be tied to a single computer when it comes to working with videos.

To access the Video Editor, you can go two ways:

  • In the Upload page, on the right side options.

  • In the Video Manager page, select a video, go to the Enhancements page, and in the bottom right side, you'll see the "Try the YouTube Video Editor" link.

Here's an overview of what you'll find:

  • Project/New Project
  • Search videos (previously uploaded to your video manager)
  • Creative Commons Videos
  • Photos
  • Music
  • Transitions
  • Text
  • Publish

Watch this video for a quick demonstration of the editor.

Have fun!


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Interactive YouTube Videos

Hi! This is the second post related to editing videos in YouTube. 

Did you know you can make interactive YouTube videos? Yes! This means you can add options to the video so the viewer can decide what to watch next. This is great for story telling, video series, personalized learning, etc. 

Here's an example of an interactive video that plays a magic card trick with you. The options are endless!

Remember, this is done in the same place where we edit videos, but now you will go to Annotations.

 Basic Steps:
  1. Upload first all the videos you'll need to YouTube.
  2. Open each video in a different tab. (This is so you can copy-paste the URL of each video easily)
  3. Start editing the first video you will start the series with.
  4. Add annotations:
    1. Note - The annotation will be visible. You write a message in the text box.
    2. Spotlight - The annotation is invisible, unless you hover the mouse over it. Great for placing a link over an image in the video.
  5. For any of the annotations you choose, check the Link option, add the URL of the next video. (This is what does the trick!)
  6. As the videos become connected you can be adding more annotations until you're done.
  7. Save and Publish.
  8. Share the link of first video.
  • Create a "map" to visualize the navigation through the videos, especially for the more complicated ones. This is a simple map for the card trick. 
  • Add a note at the end stating “Finish” or “End”, to show the viewer that it’s over.
  • Add the options (links) in the last seconds of the videos.

Watch this video for a quick explanation. Have fun!