Getting Youtube Videos onto your iPad for Mashups or for Switched On ICT unit 4:6

I have been really blown away by a viral fan made trailer for the up and coming Doctor Who 50th Anniversary. Many, like me, initially thought this was the real deal. Sadly it is not, but it did prompt me to create my mash up of clips, and it proved to me that there are lots of possibilities for using existing clips/youtube videos in classroom projects. Up until now I had always used iMovie with class footage, I had not considered editing together excerpts of other videos into montages.

The bogus trailer can be seen below, though I am not sure you quite have the apps available to make such an impressive video using iPad apps alone. For geek value take a look at the making of the video directly below.

Aside from getting excited by Doctor videos, my other revelation and excitement has come from reading posts by Barbara Ainscough. She explains how she has used Mactubes, as desktop app for downloading Youtube videos. From experience I know works just as well on a PC, but is web-based. Couple these tools with the Photo Transfer and you can move videos to and from your iPad via your browser and WIFI without even the hint of a lead. So, I captured a number of videos, sent them ot my iPad and used iMovie to edit them. Ok, so we do have a bit of a copyright discussion here, but I see that as a teaching point.

My next task is to make this all a bit more meaningful and to fit it in with our curriculum, rather than just me messing about for hours. I am exited by looking at how we could use these tools and apps in the Year 4 Switched On ICT unit – We are travel presenters. Here the task is to make a travel slide show. This could be a bit hard if you lack footage, why not grab some clips of the destination and use iMovie to piece them all together with a voice over and music created in Garage Band. Just an idea..

Video run down

That viral one about Doctor Who


The Making of it


My own Mash Up

Who mash Up from anthony evans on Vimeo.

My quite dodgy Piano trailer




Original Post from Barbara Ainscough on her brilliant Creative ICT Blog

Bringing videos into iPads

Now this is a tricky one – that is until you get the hang of the workflow and then it all makes sense!

So is there a fool-proof way to get videos into the Camera Roll on the iPad? or getting iPad Apps to recognize clips/pictures from a source other than the Camera Roll?
Photo Transfer

At some point most teachers will want their students to do a basic editing exercise on the iPad, but may end up running into a workflow problem.
For example a class may already be involved in movie editing projects involving re-editing a trailer in iMovie. This is a great activity, easily achieved on laptops, and many schools have successfully been delivering such an activity for a long time.
However, trying to do the same thing on the iPad is not as straightforward. The issue is getting the same footage to all the students in a classroom environment. Of course you can do it through iTunes and iPhoto by connecting an iPad to a laptop,  but its not viable to have every student plug into a computer to transfer the files.
Another way is to upload a video to YouTube and then download using iCab mobile, but this is not an option if the video has copyright restrictions on it – this would prevent you from uploading to YouTube altogether.

So how do you easily get the video footage into the Camera Roll?

Short trailer clips (.mov and .m4v) can be emailed to the iPad. Both file types work perfectly but the quality is really poor. To improve quality the clips could be emailed in small chunks, say four parts, but again this is not an efficient use of teacher time – I can hear you ask, “there must be an easier way?”
Enter the Photo Transfer App (£1.99), it works for me! I can wirelessly send video to a single iPad and it will show up in the Camera Roll, which means that students can edit it in iMovie. I’ve not yet tried this with multiple iPads although the app description does say it will work.
Photo Transfer is excellent for sending videos or photos back and forth from iPhone/iPad to the computer.
I also like PhotoSync ($1.99) for wireless transfer of photos and videos between Computer and iOS devices.



Kodu Week 1








This is not a long post or a detailed how to about Kodu. I merely want to flag up how great this software is for upper Key Stage 2. Essentially Kodu is about giving children a meaningful and quite exciting context to learn some aspects of programming.  They have to compile strips of instructions based on when (a condition occurs  for example see a red apple) and do (an action , for example eat the apple).








I have worked with two Year Six classes this week and the cries of “woah” and “sick” were many as they saw the games that others had built. In terms of this forming part of a coding/programming/computer science curriculum, Kodu is an easier and perhaps sexier way in for many teachers. Though do not expect to just leave the children to get on with it, as it is so much more satisfying if you get to grips with it yourself first. This week the task was to instruct the “Kodu” character to move with the arrow keys (though you can use Xbox controllers) and locate apples. They then needed to score a point for eating a red and have a point deducted for eating a blue. I gave some input but also added some challenges, which the children relished.

Their next task was to design an island, though we will move on to a Martian landscape, in order to help them get to grips with the design tools. This was perhaps down to the trial and error, the editing, improving and experimenting which the children were involved in. Working with Kodu does not feel like a million miles away from sitting at my desk in 2Simple Software. That feeling of creating something, of problem solving, of innovating on a piece of code, of breaking something and putting it back together, of looking online for answers… And then the satisfaction of looking back or sharing what you have made with others. That is what Kodu offers and that is what I would like to see more of this sort of challenging, mind taxing and yet creative ICT. As much as I love my iPad apps and my free online tools, there is still nothing quite so challenging and coding based on an iPad. If all we ever do is wheel round trolleys of iPads and present children with apps, then i think we present an image of ICT which is one of watered down simplicity. We also fail to equip them with the belief that they could build an app or a game.

More iPad Helpsheets


helpsheetAs I am doing some training for Teaching Assistants, I needed to make some help sheets PDFS.

I used a mixture of Skitch and Pages for iPad to create these and I do hope they are of use to you.

Do keep in mind that they are created for basic users and they are version 1- feedback and amendments are always welcome

I am adding these to a growing collection on the downloads section of the site.

Creating Trailers with iMovie for iPad

iPad Guided Access

Using safari to Search

App of The Day : Book Creator

This week, Book Creator has been my app of choice for two very enjoyable lessons at both ends of Key Stage 2. It is such an intuitive and versatile app and despite its simplistic interface it is very powerful. Book creator is both the best known and easiest to use app for making E Books. Pupils simply assemble and format  text , images and even sound on digital pages. These books can be shared via email, shared as a PDF or published to iBooks, the iPads virtual book shelves. I love the way that when a child has finished creating their book they can publish it in this way.  Seeing it sit on a virtual bookcase alongside other books by real authors has thrilled many children this week, as it did me when I had made my first E Book.

App of the Day: Skitch – Lisa Stevens Shows us How

SkitchIconI will admit to “borrowing” a video here from my good online pal, Lisa Stevens. Someone who has inspired me for simply ages and someone who makes great cakes. Lisa created this video for the recent Teachmeet Twist event. Though it was only today that I got round to watching it and taking it all in. I have messed around with Skitch with my class, but Lisa brings another dimension to the app. I love this idea of using sketch to annotate and assist in a shape hunt. Last week i accompanied Year 1 on a shape hunt around the school buildings and outdoor area. We created mini videos of our findings, but on reflection it would be good to have included Skitch and have the children annotate what they saw. Skitch could also be a good way to talk about a photo with an adult, for example within a foundation setting.

Skitch and 4 year olds – TMTwist 2012 from lisibo on Vimeo.

iPad Events Part 4 – Teachmeet iPad – Lisa Stevens and Idletim

Here are two more videos from Teachmeet iPad, which really are invaluable guides to two essential apps.My thanks to Lisa/ @lisibo who specially recorded her video for the evening for use at both TM iPad and TM Brum. Lisa talks about an app called Explain Everything, which can be a powerful way for children to demonstrate what their learning through animation and annotation. We also have a guide to one of my favourite apps, Book Creator, from the very knowledgeable @idletim from Bradford. Book Creator is a brilliant way for children to create their own ebook and the video provides a brilliant introduction for new users.

Explain Everything Explained. from lisibo on Vimeo.

Book Creator guide from Innovation centres on Vimeo.