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 on Adobe Spark, though I do like that platform as well. In my Online Pedagogy class, we are building a unit. 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. It came from a list of emerging tools for next weeks assignment in Online Pedagogy. 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 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:
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.