I came across a video animation app by accident while I was looking for something else this past week, and I’m so glad I did! VideoScribe, by Sparkol, is both an app and a web tool. The app is available for $5.99 in iTunes, and the benefit totally outweighs the cost for this particular app. You and your students can do some really powerful whiteboard videos.
How Does It Work?
VideoScribe is fairly intricate, but with a few little tips it can be user-friendly. You do have to be patient with the app— it can be slow, and sometimes it doesn’t recognize where your finger is trying to tap. But, that’s when a stylus comes in handy!
The toolbar across the top controls inputting images and text into the animation. Below you can see the opening screen when you first create a VideoScribe.
There are many, many icons to choose from for the animation. Tap on the little crayon to see all the folders and options.
Once you’ve selected the image that will be put into the animation, the icon menu at the bottom will have more options for your animation, including changing the type of text, the color, how long it takes to draw, and more.
When adding sound, you have a few options. You can choose one of the tracks that are included with the app. You can also record your voice or music directly into the animation. The third option is to add a sound track that is one the web, such as one that you’ve previously recorded and uploaded.
Dropbox seem to work best for the Web import option. When I had trouble and did a Google search, I found a great workaround at this link: http://answers.sparkol.com/questions/5785/www.hypermediatraining.co.uk/academy.
Pushing the play button will show the animation with all of the editing you’ve done. Once you are pleased with your animation, you can compress it all into a video by tapping the video button in the upper right-hand corner. Once it’s completed, you’ll have a few saving options.
Here’s a finished product that I created using VideoScribe on my iPad.
Common Core Connection
Students can use VideoScribe to meet a variety of writing and speaking and listening standards depending on the task. However, of the 7 Cs, the app clearly addresses 3 of the 4 better known “4 Cs“. This app helps students practice Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Communication. If students are working together, or if they use their creations to create conversations via a student blog or website, they would also be developing their collaboration skills.
The specific Common Core State Standard that VideoScribe can help students develop is Speaking and Listening Standard 5, which states that students should be able to: Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
There are many ways this app can be used in the classroom to showcase learning. How have you used it?