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

Nate Brown Blog

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 …

Class Activity: 2 Things I Learned in Math This Year

Gaby Charmont Blog

As the end of the year draws near, it may be a good idea to encourage students to recall some of the topics they learned throughout the year. Math classes cover a large amount of content and this activity allows students to choose their favorite few topics and give the class a brief explanation of what they have learned. The Activity: Urge your Students to think back on the year and all the knowledge and concepts they now have and comprehend. Have them explain the topic in order to cement it into their memory and aid the rest of the class recalling the information again as they view the presentations. This activity will help peers collaborate and remember their lessons as well as be able to explain things to each other to further solidify their understanding. The Level: This activity can be done at any level, it is meant to get students to look back on their year and remember all of the topics they covered. This will help to sum up the lessons of the class and make it easier for students to recall information from the entirety of the course. The Procedure: Have each student pick 2 topics which they thought were the most interesting or lessons they felt were really important. This will allow each student to choose how their presentations will be set up and what they will focus on. Since there is a broad range of information that students can pick, their presentations should all …

Class Activity: Language Learning Summer Wrap Up with 30hands Pro

Moia Rowsome Blog

So, language teachers, you’re at that point in the year where your students are sensing the summer is arriving and have started to daydream about vacation plans and adventures. It’s getting tougher to keep them focused and let’s face it, we are feeling  a little similar ourselves! So, how about, instead of stopping them from dozing off into their dreamworlds, getting them to use their daydreams for a language activity! Also, gehen wir!   The Activity: Describing my summer plans in 30hands Pro. The Level: Generally for students who have covered the future tense in the target language, so I’m thinking grades 7 through 12. But if your kids are younger and you think they are up for the challenge, go for it! The Process: Have your students write a script in the target language about their summer plans. This could be broken up into June-July-August, or simply just 3 things they plan to do in the summer. Have them plan some specific activities. For example, if they are going on vacation, have them describe some specific things they want to do there. You could even bring in days and dates. And maybe the conditional tense! Me gustaría… Je voudrais… Vorrei… Then storyboard it out in 30hands Pro. When they’ve got to this part they can get creative by bringing in images and videos and using the drawing tool. And finally, they can narrate their script over the slides to tell their story in their foreign language! Now they’re ready to publish their video …

Reflecting on our learning: My Year at School

Moia Rowsome Blog

  So, teachers, the school year is finally coming to an end. PHEW! I can hear your gasp of relief from here. You are beginning to wrap things up and wind things down in class in anticipation of a well-deserved summer break. But, before we put on our sombreros and hit the poolside bar, let’s talk about some final class activities to get our kids reflecting on their year at school. It’s been a long year After a whole year of teaching and learning, we have all done a lot. Different methods have been tried and tested. New and fun activities have been added to our lessons. Even new technologies have been given our seal of approval. This list of all the new things we’ve been doing in our classes could go on and on. What’s really important to remember though, is that our students have also been doing and learning new things too. If you think about it, the vast majority of what we have covered has been new for our students. They have just had a whole 9 months of acquiring fresh ideas and skills. A whole 9 months! When we look at it that way, that’s quite a lot! Let’s get reflective! So let’s take a breather. Put your thinking caps on. Now take a step back in time with your students to reflect together on your year at school. Collaborative reflection is a valuable activity for our students as it allows them to connect concepts, share thoughts and ideas and thus further embed their learning. It can …

30hands for Peace: 20 Children, a Navajo Story

Eric Braun Blog

We are visiting Sedona in the desert and the mountains which expand forever. Century plants rise up to the vast skies that swirl above, and the powdery red dust colors everything around. By the side of the road, there are Navajos selling jewelry at stands near the roadside. One woman says she is 54. She looks great and has no wrinkles. She says she’s been through a lot. Raised 20 children. “Foster?” She nods but maybe not 100% true. She was the mother to her sisters and to her own mother, she says. “Where are you from?” she asks me. Boston. “You have no rocks there, right?” Right. “Everything is covered.” She cannot believe a life without rocks. I nod, thinking about my broad green lawn and the rocks hidden below the surface, the rocks that I uncovered only when I wanted to plant a tree or build a brick walkway. One year, she says, they traveled to South Dakota to see Sitting Bull. There, they heard of a place called Standing Rock. In a place where everything was covered, they wanted to see this rock. Perhaps, it would remind them of home. They could not find it, though, and finally asked someone. When they got there, they laughed. The rock was not even standing! Every summer she and her family travel on pow wow where they dance traditional dances and sell jewelry and Indian souvenirs. “All 20 children?” Yes. “In a bus?” No, in a truck with a trailer …

Designing Your Flipped Classroom with 30hands Storyteller Pro

Gaby Charmont Blog

Pumping student’s full of new information throughout the day and then sending them home with assignments to complete can be difficult and concerning for them. Once home, students may have a hard time recalling what they just learned or may have never fully comprehended the lesson in the first place. Lessons usually target certain types of learners which makes it difficult for others to keep up with the material when it is being taught in a way they do not understand. The flipped classroom pedagogical model can bridge this teaching vs. learning gap in education and will benefit all students. With lessons being pre-recorded by teachers and watched at home by students, there is more class time devoted to collaboration and putting the new knowledge to use through practical activities and creating presentations. Students can watch the lesson at home, rewinding and taking notes as necessary, which will reinforce the main points and they will better understand the material when absorbing it at their own pace. Encouraging students to come to class with a few questions on the lesson can begin the class in an engaging way that will also explain any confusions they may have. This will hone in their attention to the lesson and make sure the students have absorbed what they should have from the video watched at home. Providing an in class activity that will further expand upon this new knowledge will be the most meaningful for students who will remember the material much better than …

Class Activity: English or Drama

Gaby Charmont Blog

Have your students practice scriptwriting and storyboarding while creating their very own scene to a play. Through acting out their lines and recording the scene, they will be able to perfect their drama skills while learning intonation styles and proper word pronunciations. The Activity: Aimed at English or Drama classes, this activity will pair seamlessly with reading and learning Shakespeare or while working on other plays and learning drama skills. The activity is for students to work together in small groups to write their own scene to a play. This could be reworking an existing segment, for instance changing the ending scene of a play, or even imagining an entirely new story and creating the play and scenes themselves. The Level: This activity can be modified to be geared towards younger learners but is aimed at students who are learning more complicated plays, such as the works of Shakespeare. This will get students to understand the way plays are written and have them be able to create their own scenes and play through scriptwriting and storyboarding, while expanding their skills in acting and drama while performing and recording the scene on video. For younger learners, this activity can center around fables or simpler plays that the students could imagine alternate scenes to and be able to write and act it out. The Procedure: Students will begin by writing a script to a scene which they have imagined or are taking some inspiration from. Try to divide the class into smaller groups where …

Olive’s Tip of the Week – Using Pixabay Images

Nate Brown Blog

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 …

Creating Video Lessons Part 5: Using Google Slides with 30hands Pro

Moia Rowsome Blog

Hey all! Summer is finally here, and it’s time to slide our way into vacation bliss. But here at 30hands Learning, instead of having fun on real slides and taking a dip in the pool, we’re creating our own excitement with Google Slides to make engaging 30hands videos! We’re now at part 5 of my blog on creating effective video lessons to flip your classroom. So far, we’ve discussed scriptwriting, storyboarding and how to keep your learners engaged by keeping your slides simple. In this blog post, I’m going to talk about how Google Slides can be used as a foundation for your 30hands videos. Of course, creating your lessons is easy and effective to do in 30hands Storyteller Pro alone; however, Google Slides works really well together with 30hands Storyteller Pro. Let’s say you want to develop more detail on your slide, or perhaps you have a Google Slides presentation already designed and you want to make it into a video lesson. This is all possible with 30hands Pro, and it’s very easy! I’m going to start by discussing Google Slides itself in more detail so that you can see how to get the best out of it for your slideshow. I will share some tips and tricks on how to do things efficiently. I will then discuss how to import all of your wonderful content into 30hands Pro. First thing’s first! Do you remember how I said starting with a script is the best way get going on your journey to flipping the …

Creating Video Lessons Part 4 – Reducing Cognitive Load!

Moia Rowsome Blog

Ugh! Too much information. Welcome to part 4 of my blogs on creating engaging video lessons! So you have written your script and storyboarded your content. Now it’s time for the really creative process to begin! Enhancing and developing your slides with images and narration! This week, I’m going to be talking about how to use images to develop an engaging video lesson without overwhelming the learner and thus avoiding cognitive load. So we’ve all been there. That long, tired afternoon sitting opposite someone who has filled his or her presentation with diagrams, text and images, while they persist in talking over it. Although the information on the presentation might be excellent and what they are saying might be really good stuff, for the audience or learner it becomes overwhelming and very dull. So we disengage. But why does this happen? Is it just that we find it less interesting? Well, in the brain there is what we call a dual channel which we use to process information. This happens through the eyes and the ears. The eyes process information we see and the ears process information we hear. And it gets more complex than this. Because the eyes have to absorb images and read text, they can be subject to what is called the split attention effect. This happens when you have a set of images on a screen to portray a concept and then also text to read too. Your eyes are trying to read the text while working out what the images mean, so you become …