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Sunday, November 22, 2015

The app that lets you create Khan Academy-style videos in 60 seconds by Peter West

Photo: Peter West - LinkedIn
Peter West, Director of eLearning at Saint Stephen’s College in Australia summarizes, "How flipped educators can create video tutorials a la Khan in no time flat." 

The Snip screen with annotations on an image.

Blended learning and flipped learning just got a whole lot easier.
Anyone can now create learning resources for students in little more time that is required for a normal explanation of a topic.
  • Recording solutions to math problems — almost as quick as solving the problem on paper.
  • Highlighting important text, and explaining concepts along the way — a breeze.
  • Sketching, labelling and explaining diagrams with audio annotation — child’s play.
  • Providing personal feedback on a student’s work — super simple.
  • Taking a photograph of anything – an art work, an experiment, a building – and then drawing on it while explaining concepts — quick and easy.
The recordings can then be played on virtually any device, and are easily placed in a LMS or OLE (Online Learning Environment).

Thus, almost anything that I would normally write on paper to explain to a student I now do on my computer (a pen-based Windows tablet — in my case a Surface Pro 3). The time overhead is minimal, and students can replay the explanation whenever and wherever is needed, as many times as is needed.

It makes blended and flipped learning much easier, as these types of learning resources are now easy for anyone to make.

A Microsoft Garage project called Snip (not to be confused with the Snipping Tool) has been released. While still in the “preview” stage, it is stable and works well. It is quick and simple, and is effective for a large percentage of learning and teaching situations.

Download and install the app. The app then sits as a thin line at the top of the screen.

Additional resources
Peter West shares his tips on Blended Thinking's blog.

Peter West writes on his blog, "Snip and a "real" pen based device, such as a Surface device from Microsoft, allow a teacher to quickly and easily create Khan Academy style tutorials."

This works well when a static background is all that is needed. More powerful software has been needed when scrolling backgrounds or different programs have needed to be demonstrated.

However, there is another solution that works as well as Snip, is free and leverages digital ink. I am working on a new article to highlight this solution. Hopefully it will be published in the near future.

Source: eSchool News and Blended Thinking's blog

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