Sock Puppets App

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The “Sock Puppets” IOS app allows users to quickly and easily create a variety of puppet shows. That can be uploaded to YouTube with a click of the button. In combination with a green screen app like Doink, there are a myriad of classroom uses!


Classroom Uses: Students/teachers can create puppet shows to:

  • Explain a science concept.
  • Retell a story.
  • Tell about an event from history.
  • Share information about a famous person.
  • Model appropriate social behavior or public service announcements
The app is Free for up to 30 seconds of recording. I’m demonstrating the paid app with includes more recording time and additional puppets and backgrounds.


Using Sock Puppets:

  1. Click the “New” button to begin a new puppet show.
  2. Follow the on-screen prompts to choose the desired puppets, backgrounds, and props.
  3. Use the buttons at the top to start and stop the recording, to save and share, and to navigate the app:
  4. To record a show:
    a. Click the red circle.
    b. Hold your finger on a puppet, talk, and move the puppet around.
    c. Repeat, touching each puppet as you want it to “speak.”
    d. Click the “square” button to stop the recording.
  5. When you’re done recording, you can:
    a. Click the “Share” button to upload it to YouTube.
    b. Click the “Save” button for replay on the iPad.

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Paint.net Chroma Key Plugin for Green Screen Photos

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Paint.net is a Free, easy-to-use photo editor with support for layers. If offers a wide variety of tools.


In order to get the free green screen effect on photos using the paint.net software you must download and install the Chroma Key plug in that goes with it. Once you have downloaded the program, then download the plug in. You must also place the plugin file into the effects folder of the paint.net program. Instructions for downloading and installing are at the end of this page. 

Download and Installation Instructions:


1. The software can be downloaded at http://download-paint.net/ . Just download the software and open it from your “downloads folder” or desktop. Download and install the program then download and install the plugin.

 
2. The Chroma Key plugin can be downloaded from a variety of sites. . The downloaded file will be what’s called a .dll file. This is one web address for the program:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Plugins/Chroma-Key-green.shtml 



3. The chroma key file is a zip folder that will need to be unzipped with an unzip program. You probably already have one installed. Just right click and choose "Extract to ChromaKeyPlugin" . Once it’s unzipped, it will include a single file titled, named “ChromaKeyPlugin.dll”.  A final installation step is to move that .dll folder into your program file.

4. Locate the program files for Paint.net and copy and paste the downloaded ChromaKeyPlugin.dll  file into the effects folder.  It may seem complicated, but it really only takes a few minutes and you’re good to go.


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Reflector is an AirPlay receiver

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Reflector is an AirPlay receiver that allows you to wirelessly display your iPad or iPhone on a number of devices. It’s available for Mac, PC and most Android devices.  There are no wires or complicated setups. Just download the app to your computer and you'll see the airplay option on your device. You must have an Ipad 2 or greater or Iphone 4s or greater for the desktop app to work.
You can record your screen and and add voice for tutorials, demonstrate an educational app, or have students display and present their work. There are many classroom uses.

It's a simple in that runs in the background of your computer. Once you click on the downloaded icon, the app becomes active and you can find the Airplay option on your device. For the Ipad, just swipe from the bottom up and you'll notice the airplay option. You can see my computer Amelia-PC. That's what I am mirroring.

 I can just scroll around so you can see what it does. Here are my apps, my campus website. Anything you want to mirror for your students

If I was hooked up to a laptop and using the same network connection in my classroom, students would be able to see the ipad screen. It's a nice feature that is currently available for a one-time fee of only $14.99.  Sometimes it is on sale. Today it is available for 20% so take a look at http://www.airsquirrels.com/reflector/and I hope you find it useful for your classroom uses.

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Telligami

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Tellagami, a free apple app that lets you create short animated movies called "Gamis," it is a great app to explore for education. The site promotes the app as a way to send greetings and messages with social media, but it can be a great tool in the classroom.








  • Have your character tell a story.
  • Introduce yourself as a person in history
  • Recite a famous poem or speech
  • Read a poem they wrote
  • Take a trip in time and describe the location/time period
  • You can also have the character speak in different languages


When you’re done, your Tellagami can be shared to the camera roll, emailed, posted to Facebook, or Tweeted. You can app smash and use your Tellagamis with iMovie or with other apps like Explain Everything.


You can customize your character and background; you can choose how you want your character to talk, either by recording your voice or typing in text. If you record your voice, you have 30 seconds. If you choose text to speech, there are male and female voices with a few different accents.

Once you’ve customized your character, you can record what you want to say or add text for the character to speak for you. You can share your product by emailing it, posting it to Facebook or Twitter or uploading to Youtube.

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Doink Green Screen App

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Touchcast

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 TouchCase is a really neat Ipad app that allows screen play with added vApps. I'm still trying to figure out how to best use it, but it's lots of fun to play with!

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