Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Create Videos with ClipChamp

Are you looking for an easy (
and free) way to create incredible videos? ClipChamp is an excellent option. With the free account, you get unlimited watermark-free exports up to 1080pHD, free stock images, and free filters & effects. It is easy to use and web-based so you and your students can even create videos on a Chromebook!

Create a Video:

You can create your entire video within the website using your camera, but I suggest you get your actual video recordings done first. You can use your laptop, phone, tablet, or any means to record the footage you want and upload all the videos to your Google Drive (or save to the device you will be working with). This site can access them if you sign in with Google.

  1. Head over to app.clipchamp.com and create your account. If you sign in with Google you will have access to your Google Drive for your already recorded and uploaded content.

  1. Browse the Templates to see if there is something you would like to start with or click the “+” icon to create from scratch.

  1. I clicked on a template and the editor is filled with preselected material. I will be replacing these clips with images and videos of my own.

  1. You will now want to import your already recorded images and videos. They can be on your device or in a cloud storage location. Mine is in Google Drive so it is easy. Just click “Import Media” and choose where it is stored and what to add.

  1. You will see your imported videos/images in the left side pane. You can now drag them into any one of the placeholders at the bottom (if you choose a template) or to the empty timeline if you choose to create from a blank video.

  1. You can reorder these if you like as well. Just click and drag the clip to a new location. Also, if you have a video and need to trim it, just grab the end and slide it over.

  1. Use the space bar to play your creation. You can also drag the player head (vertical white line) to any location you want to start playing from.

  1. All the cool add-ons are on the left side. Just find an add-on and drag it onto your timeline where you want it (above your video for text or between 2 clips for transitions). Check them out! 

*Note: some are paid features. You can use them but your video will have a watermark if you use paid features.

  • Record & Create: enables your camera to record new content

  • Templates: allows you to add or change the template you are using

  • Music & SFX: audio clips you can add to your video

  • Stock Video: free video clips you can add

  • Stock Images: free images you can add

  • Text: add text to your video

  • Graphics: add graphic images to liven up your video

  • Transitions: add transitions between your images or video clips

  • Brand Kit: for power users who want to keep styles constant with all their videos

  1. To edit any of these add-ons, click the add-on in your timeline and look at the top right corner for options. 

  1. Make sure to explore all the cool transitions you can use to make your images and videos flow together.

  1. Make sure to watch your video once you have added your clips, text, transitions, effects, or anything else to make sure it is as you want. Then, you are ready to export. Click the “Export” button in the top right and choose the resolution. If you see the only option without the yellow diamonds is “1080 with a watermark” then you have an add-on that is a paid feature. 

  1. You can still download it as 1080, but there will be a watermark. To get rid of the watermark remove (or replace it with a free feature) the paid option. Mine was the music. I can remove the paid music option and then upload my own music from a free site like THIS. If you remove any paid features your download options will look like this:

  1. You will be asked how you want to share. You can do anything you want with your downloaded file, but you can also have it sent directly to your cloud services or even share it with a link.

Explore ClipChamp and start creating awesome videos!

If you want these directions in a document click HERE!


Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Handwriting Without Tears Digital Access

We already have hard copies of Handwriting Without Tears, and now there is access to all the digital Teacher Resources and Student Activities. You will just need to set up your account (all resources are tied to your Gull Lake email address) and look through the resources. If you choose to assign activities for your students to do you will be able to do that as well.

Set Up Your Account:

  1. Head over to pli.lwtears.com and click on “Sign up now!”.

  1. Enter your Gull Lake email address and click “Send Verification Code”.

  1. Open the email (from Microsoft and Learning Without Tears) to find your access code. Enter that in the Verification Code box and click “Verify Code

  1. Fill in all the information in this form and click “Sign Up” at the bottom.

  1. Click on the “Access Now” button for PlusLiveInsights section.

  1. From here on you can use this link to access your account: pli.lwtears.com

Access Keyboarding Resources:

  1. Once you log in you will see your Dashboard. Here you will have access to the following resources:

  • Dashboard: This screen

  • Reports: Student Progress

  • My Class & Students: Classes/Students pulled from Synergy

  • Teaching Resources: All activities and resources

  1. To view available resources, click “Teaching Resources”. The one you want is “Student Activities Preview”. You can look at the other resources, but they are outside Learning Without Tears or PDF documents.

  1. Find your grade. You can favorite it by clicking the heart in the corner.

  1. You will now see all the keyboarding lessons and activities you can do. Click on them to view them. You can demo this for the students or just explore it.

View Available Interactive Activities:

  1. On the left side click on “Application Access” to assign activities.

  2. We have access to the Interactive Digital Teaching Tool

  1. Click and open the Interactive Digital Teaching Tool and click on “Access Web Application”. This will be the site to bookmark as you will do all your work from here.

  1. You will see all the resources you have access to use.

    • Student Edition: View a digital copy of the student hardcopy

    • Teacher’s Guide: View the Teacher’s Guide

    • Lesson Planner & Assignments: Plan activities and assign lessons to students

    • Assignment Tracker: View student progress

    • Digital Formation Tools: View interactive letter formation activities (Check out this section for letter practice!)

    • A+ Worksheet Maker: Create handwriting worksheets

Assign Student Activities:

  1. Open the Interactive Digital Teaching Tool and click on “Lesson Planner & Assignments”.

  1. You will be asked to set a start school date. You can choose whatever you wish (today or at the beginning of the year). 

  2. If you are just looking to assign an activity for your students to try, click “Blank Assignment” at the bottom right.

  1. Fill in the information needed. You will need to title the assignment, choose a start/due date, add directions (you can add audio directions as well!), and you can assign a Warm Up, Demo, or Extras (you do not need to do them all, you can just do one or all as you need). Then click “Add classes & Students”.

  1. Choose your class and students. On the next screen click “Review and Assign”.

  1. On the next screen click “Assign Lesson”. You can now view assigned lessons on the “Assignments” tab at the top right.

💡 Tip: Check out the Digital Formation Tools from this screen:

The “Wet-Dry-Try” and “Letter and Number Formations” are great practice activities!

Student Access:

  1. On the student Chromebook click on the “Student Bookmarks” folder in the top left and choose “Clever Portal”.

  1. They may be asked to sign in. Do that if needed, then click on the “HWT Digital Student App”.

  1. The “Assignments” backpack icon will list all the activities you have sent to them. Click on that and complete the assigned activities.

If you want these directions in a Document click HERE

Friday, October 14, 2022

Curving Text with Adobe Creative Cloud Express

Adobe Creative Cloud Express is an easy tool that allows teachers and students to create awesome projects! You can easily create all sorts of visual projects like flyers, web pages, videos, images, graphics, and more. With the EDU account, we have access to all the cool tools, resources, and projects. Students can easily use Adobe Creative Cloud Express to create projects to demonstrate their learning. It has many awesome features. One of my favorites is the ability to add curved text to images. Check out how to do this below!

Start a Project:

  1. Head to https://express.adobe.com/sp/ and sign in with your Enterprise Account.

  2. On the main page, you will see a list of easy-to-create projects. You can also click on the purple “+” icon on the left to see more tools. Click on “Custom Size” or “From your photo” to make a quick project.

  1. In addition, you can search for templates with the Search Box or filter by project type.

  1. Choose one to use.

Add Curved Text

  1. Add some images or a background to your project.

  2. Click on “Text” on the left.

  1. Type “Curved” in the search box and hit enter.

  1. Choose one of the curved styles at the top.

  1. Drag the inserted text to where you want it on your image.

  2. Edit your text.

  1. Change the type of curve by clicking the Curved icon.

  1. Choose the style you want.

  1. Resize the text on your image.

Share Adobe Creative Cloud Express Projects:

  1. After you create a project you will want to share it. You can share a link to this file or download it as an image. Because you are creating an image you should choose “Download”. 

  1. Choose the image format that best fits your needs. I always choose PNG. If you want the background to be transparent, you MUST choose PNG. 

Head to Adobe Creative Cloud Express & Start CURVING Your Text!!

If you want these directions in a Document click HERE!