September 22, 2023

Web Stories and Social Graphics Made Easy with Adobe Spark | SLJ Review

Looking to help students craft digital stories? Or spice up library promotional materials? Adobe’s free Spark suite can serve a variety of creation needs, from explainer videos and student narratives to social memes.

Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools

A curated list of resources to help students find high-quality, copyright friendly media for use in projects or presentations.

SLJ Reviews TouchCast Video Creation App for iPad

Wouldn’t it be great for kids contemplating a visit to your library to take a video tour before walking in? You can produce this pretty easily with TouchCast, an app for creating video for the iPad, enhanced with linked content: photos, maps, polls, websites, and more. Our screencasts show you how it’s done.

John Green Tackles Copyright Via YouTube

Copyright law is complex enough, but throw in an instance of international remixing by nerdfighters, and you have a real mess. But in the hands of author John Green, it’s also the basis for a pretty cool video.

Annotate the Web with Popcorn Maker | screencast tutorial

Popcorn Maker, a tool for enhancing and remixing Web video from Mozilla, gets the screencast treatment by Linda W. Braun, who says the free, browser-based application would help librarians, both school and public, curate the Web.

A Video Hosting Solution for Schools

Under Common Core, students will be writing scripts, reviewing books, making public service announcements, and creating other content, all using video. For schools, this presents a technical challenge: Where to host all this video? SLJ columnist Christopher Harris has found a solution.

The Best Back-to-School Video Ever | Links of the Week

Who needs coffee? If this bit of inspiration from teacher Colby Sharp doesn’t jump-start your day, nothing will. This among a mix of resources and links to mark the start of a new school year.

Making the Most of Video in the Classroom

From Vialogues and SynchTube to TED-Ed, free tools for hosting conversation around videos.

Seven Top Trailers to Hook Kids on Books

The best examples in the genre, for readers K-12, cited in the School Library Journal feature story “The Big Tease: Trailers are a terrific way to hook kids on books.”

Taming that ‘Monster of Content’ YouTube

Joyce Valenza’s tips on using the latest tools to help conference presenters and educators better use the video resource.