30hands At Home! Nature Exploration

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For many students, it’s hard to stay mentally active during the summer. Its important to keep exercising the muscle that is one’s brain to stay sharp! Here is a quick 30hands activity to bring some learning and fun into the summer months. Today we are going on a nature exploration! All you will need is 30hands, and internet access for research. To start the nature exploration, simply go out into your backyard or the park with 30hands Pro! Once you have found an interesting spot outside, take pictures of plants and animals that you think are cool! You will usually find these critters and bugs near the teak patio furniture set of a garden. You can make 30hands slides out of these pictures immediately or just take pictures and organize them into slides later. Take plenty of fun pictures, displaying the wildlife of your area! Once you have had your fun outside, and have some cool pictures, head back inside and research the wildlife you found. A lot can be learned about the plants and animals you see nearly everyday. You may be surprised at some of the facts you learn! Now make 30hands slides with your pictures, and narrate over them to report the things you learned. You can also draw your own pictures of the wildlife you caught on camera. Finally, publish it to 30hands to show everyone the wildlife in your area! Here’s a quick nature exploration video I made in my own backyard!

30hands In Action! Marisa and More

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WOW! Kids and teachers have been doing really great work with 30hands recently! Check out these awesome pictures and presentations, straight from the classroom! Here’s Marisa’s adorable video demonstrating her learning on counting by 10! Keep up the great work Marisa!! Great job to fifth grade teacher Mrs. Nussbaum for getting very creative and using 30hands for an ecosystem scavenger hunt with her students!! I’m sure the kids had a blast(class outside AND 30hands!? So fun!) and learned a lot! Librarian Lynn Lowery and coach Jeanette C. did a fantastic job introducing their students to live chicks, and helping them create stories in 30hands! Between the chicks and 30hands, this sounds like a very memorable lesson for the students! Keep up the hard work! Thanks for the great post Joe Tedesco! Ashley Cernosek has the right idea! Digital storytelling is a great tool to add to your teacher tool belt. Kids love it and its easy to use! Looks like kids at Hatfield Elementary in Texas are having a great time learning and telling their stories with 30hands!! Thanks for sharing the good times Rob Thornell!  

Olive’s Quick Tip of the Week – How to Make Your Audio Better and Cooler

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Hey everyone! Olive here with another pawmazing 30hands quick tip! This week’s tip is on recording audio that takes your presentation to the top of the trees. You may need a fireman to get you down, but your audience will love your 30hands video. Whether you use audio to narrate, create sound effects, or put in music, adding audio to your 30hands video can make your video the cat’s pajamas. Meta-furr-ically speaking, that is! First, let’s review the basics. The first step to recording audio in 30hands is to pick a slide to record audio on. For my slide, I picked a picture of a bunch of my cat buddies! Once you have picked the slide you would like to record audio over and are ready to record, select that slide and hit the circular red button at the bottom of the screen. Now record your audio. If you don’t like how it came out, you can re-record your audio as many time as you would like. This helps you get the quality of recording so good that even the Wind will like it. The slide will play as a video, for as long as the audio recording is. This way, you can record on multiple slides to string together a story that 30hands will put it together as one continuous video. The 30hands audio function gives you unlimited creativity, too. When you use different character voices for narration, background music to set the tone, sound effects for entertainment, or anything …

Olive’s Tip of the Week – Using Pixabay Images

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Hello there! I’m Olive, and I’m back with another paw-sitively amazing 30hands Quick Tip of the Week! This week’s tip is on using images from the open source image search engine, Pixabay. Pixabay is great because all of the images are free to use and there are so many pictures to choose from! Without fur-ther ado, let’s check out how to use Pixabay in 30hands! There are two different ways to use Pixabay in 30hands: 1. Using a Pixabay Image as a the background for a slide. 2. Inserting a Pixabay Image into a pre-established slide. To use a Pixabay Image as the background for a slide, click the white “+” sign at the bottom left. The “Add Slides” menu will pop up; select “From Web.” A Pixabay Image Search will then pop up! Search for whatever you would like, and select the images you would like to be slides. They will then appear as slides in 30hands!   You can then use the image as you would a regular slide! Meow, I know what you are thinking; “But Olive, how do I put a picture upawn the background image we just selected for the slide?” Well, I’ve got the answer for you! First, you must find the picture you would like to add to a slide. Go to your device’s web browser and go to an open source image search engine, like Pixabay. Search what you are looking for, and once you have found an image you like, tap the image …

30hands In Action – Mrs. Neurohr’s Class of Derby Dragons

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Wow! Look at how much fun Mrs. Neurohr’s first grade class is having retelling stories with 30hands! 30hands always provides a more engaging alternative to traditional book reports and presentations! After all, kids love hands-on activities and being creative! Follow the Derby Dragons, too!

Olive’s Tip of the Week – Stop Motion

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Hey everyone! Olive here with another paw-some 30hands Quick Tip of the Week! This week’s tip is on stop motion! Stop motion can be great for creating an animation effect in 30hands videos. There are unlimited possibilities to create fun, moving features to put your purr-sonal touch on your own 30hands videos. Create the stop-motion video as a separate presentation and publish it to your camera roll, then add the video as a slide to your main 30hands presentation. Be sure to keep it under 30 seconds! Here’s how to create a stop motion video to incorporate into your next 30hands video: 1. Draw on a slide or put an image you would like to move/change during the animation in your video. 2. Touch the slide to show the options menu and click to Copy Slide. 3. The copy of that slide will appear to the right of the current slide. Swipe right and edit the new one as an Enhanced Drawing. Move the image, change its color, or do whatever you would like to create animation! Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until you have changed the image as much as you would like. 4. Touch the red clock icon in the bottom right to select the amount of time each slide will play for. For stop motion, you only want a small duration for each slide, so there are no paws-es in the action! Some time interval between 0.1 to 0.5 seconds usually does the trick! There are so many fun things to do …

30hands in Action! Mrs. Woods Multiage Classroom

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Here are some excellent photos of Mrs. Woods’ class using 30hands to learn about shapes! What a great use of 30hands for younger students. Awesome job to Mrs. Woods and her class for having a fun and unique math lesson!      

Classroom Fun with 30hands

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  Courtney Shafer incorporated fun and creativity into her lesson on maps using 30hands! Thanks for the great pictures Courtney. They really show how useful 30hands is for visual learning! Keep up the hard work to all the first graders in Courtney’s class!  

Engaging Students for Meaningful Learning

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Interacting creatively with lesson material is an extremely effective route to meaningful learning because it engages students. At 30hands, we realize the difficulty and the impact of keeping students engaged. Many teachers have their own methods of drawing students in, but all too often students remain indifferent to the lesson before them. In the 10th grade I had a teacher, Mr. Hardy, who used unorthodox methods to engage the class. His ways were peculiar, but his lessons were unforgettable. You can read more about it here. It was 7th period, the end of a long day at Cold Spring Harbor High School. As we filed into our sultry physics classroom, a wave of apathy fell over the class. Every one of us felt the lethargy take its hold, and some students could bare it no longer. “Mr. Hardy, we don’t want to do anything today!” several students chimed as our physics teacher bound vibrantly into the room. Mr. Hardy joked and prodded affectionately at the class to muster some focus. … Nothing. We refused to budge. Mr. Hardy looked at us, realized this, and rather unexpectedly said, “Fine! You know what, that’s ok! But if we aren’t going to learn, then we are going to have some fun!” Right then, he pulled a desk forward from the first row of desks in the classroom, as if to create a driver’s seat for the rest of the rows of desks. “Give me just one minute!” He shouted out to the class, disappearing into …