Emerging Tools

I had never heard of Biteable before this assignment. I was really intrigued by the animations, as I think that is eye catching for an audience of students (particularly the younger ones) and this feels like a video that is better put together than one that I would make on Adobe Spark, though I do like that platform as well. My unit is focused on learning about the Ecosystem with the end product resulting in a diorama of their favorite animal’s habitat / ecosystem. It will include predator, prey, biotic factors, abiotic factors, etc. Here is a link to the classroom (it only works on personal gmails, not on alaska.edu gmails). It will be an asynchronous activity for my homeschool students ranging from K to 12th grade with voluntary participation. It will last six weeks with each week focusing on a different aspect of learning about the ecosystem.

Week One: What is an ecosystem?

Week Two: What is a biome?

Week Three: What is a food chain?

and so on…

The purpose of my media creation is create a video made just for my students for each week. Each week in the Google classroom has a discussion board question that is the first assignment. Students will answer the introduction question, such as: “What is a biome?” and then proceed to this video that I have created with Biteable. This short one or two minute animation will give students background information and tools for application to set them up for success before diving into the material that goes more in depth in the topic.

I chose Biteable as it was a tool that I had never heard of before and it reminded me of Adobe Spark. I liked the easy editing and formatting options that this platform gave the user. It made it easy to create a well-made video in a short amount of time. I downloaded the video I created and then uploaded it to YouTube. I think the editing is a little more tedious with Biteable (rather than Adobe Spark), but overall I think this is a great option for short, cohesive, animated introduction videos.

I also tried to amplify this video by using another new tool called, Edpuzzle. Edpuzzle allows teachers to add notes and questions in the videos. I think this will be a great resource for when implementing my Ecology mini course asynchronously to my homeschool students. The question tool allows students to think while watching the introduction video about the material in application. Hopefully these questions will help them to develop a better foundation.

With Edpuzzle, here is my complete media creation:

https://edpuzzle.com/media/5f9f9661f05ed140d670d916

In the future, I probably would not have three questions for a video that is just a little over a minute long. I think this tool will be useful for longer videos. When differentiating in my Google classroom for younger and older students, I think that this will help me to really set those two types of materials apart with Edpuzzle.

I would love to use this tool to make an introduction video to each week in the mini course. I think that will personalize the asynchronous classroom for students. That personalization factor and connectedness is needed for a time such as this where we can’t meet together for our usual activities.

Finally I explored the tool, Raindrop. It reminds me a lot of Diigo. Personally, I find Raindrop to be an option that is easier to navigate than Diigo. I liked the way that it would suggest tags, especially ones that you had used recently. I thought this tool would be great due to my unit being asynchronous, I have to provide a lot of differentiated materials. I split up the tags into older and younger to help me find which folder it would go into. If you were going to use Raindrop to organize lots of different units or Google Classrooms, you will need to get the premium option as it does not allow you to put folders inside of folders. My folders are Week One, Week Two, Week Three, and so on. I couldn’t put these weeks under a unit specific folder to make room for other units with the free version. I also like that it gives you a preview before you click the link. I highly recommend this tool, and will be using it in the future.

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