A. Instruction - 5.7
B. Design - 9.3
C. Engagement - 10
VidLab: A Must-Have App for All!
Summary : One of the best movie-maker apps, ever!
VidLab allows users to create and edit movies with their device. From the main screen, users must select if they want to make either a “Video Project” or a “Photo Story” with their device. If “Video Project” is selected, users must first tap and hold the “Record” button while pointing their device at whatever it is they wish to record until the “Check” button on the top right of the screen appears. They can then continue recording or release the “Record” button to stop and then tap it again to record a second clip. Once users have recorded the amount of footage they want or they have reached maximum capacity (e.g., about 15 seconds worth of footage), they must tap the “Check” button. The app will then prepare the recording so users can add tracks to it. To do so, users must tap the “Add a Track” button and then choose if they wish to add text, a voice recording, music, sound FX, an image, or a mask. Depending what type of track they choose, VidLab will guide them with setting specific options. Users are also able to modify when and how their tracks appear by adjusting the length of the track with their fingers on the bottom of the screen or by tapping and moving the track’s object in the screen. When users are ready, they can tap the “Play” button to see a draft recording. Once satisfied with the recording, users can tap the “Check” button on the top right of their screen to finalize their video and export it to their gallery, send it by email, or post it to social media. The “Photo Story” option is very similar to the “Video Project” option. The major difference is that with the “Photo Story” option, users import images from their device’s gallery to make a slideshow. Besides that, users can still add tracks to the video and share it using the same methods.
Please Note: To access all of this app’s features, users will need to make an in-app purchase.
- After reading a text, teachers can have students create a “Video Project” or “Photo Story” that summarizes, critiques, analyzes, or explains the text in some way using the features in this app. Students can then share their video with their teacher via email. Or, students can email it to themselves as an attachment and then upload it to a class website.
- As a presentation or speech assignment, teachers can assign students a prompt and allow them to make a “15-second speech” about it using this app. Teachers can require students to add a specific amount of tracks to their speech. When finished, students can email their speech to their teacher, and the teacher can post it to a class website.
- As a “Getting-To-Know-You” activity at the beginning of the year, teachers can have students create a “Photo Story” using this app that captures students’ interests, hobbies, things they did over the summer, family and friends, and more! Students can add tracks to personalize and explain the recording. When finished, students can email their teacher the photo story, and teachers can post it to a class website for other students to view.
- Teachers can craft annotated bibliography assignments where students must take screenshots of certain items found on the web (e.g., websites, articles, blogs, etc.) and include them in a photo story. Students can add tracks to explain the relevance of each item they found.
|A2. 21st Century Skills
|A3. Conn. to Future Learning
|A4. Value of Errors
|A5. Feedback to Teacher
|A6. Level of Material
|A7. Cooperative Learning
|A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
|B1. Ability to Save Progress
|B2. Platform Integration
|B3. Screen Design
|B4. Ease of Use
|B6. Goal Orientation
|B7. Information Presentation
|B8. Media Integration
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity
|C1. Learner Control