Monthly Archives: July 2014

Intro Designer for iPad: Free iMovie Video Effects on iOS

iMovie has a number of built-in themes that can be customized to give you some professional looking videos with great titles, transitions and effects. However, after you have used iMovie for a little while, it becomes pretty easy to spot the same effects across multiple videos. Thankfully, apps like Intro Designer Lite exist to help make your classroom movies look that little bit more unique…for free!

The Lite version of Intro Designer has six templates to choose from – Birthday, Xmas, Just It, Shapes, End Credits and Ink. Each one can be previewed with a short 10-15 second clip before you settle on the one that you really want.

Intro Designer Theme Selector

Once you select the theme you need, you can customize it with a variety of options. Text is probably where you will want to start with fonts, font size and font colors all adjustable. You can also choose the position of the text on the screen, and pick whether you want the music and/or sound effects to be included or not. You can preview your creation in full-screen at any time by tilting your iPad to landscape mode.

Edit Fonts and Sound

After you have customized everything the way you want it, tap the Export button to save it to the iPad’s Camera Roll where you can then bring it in to iMovie as part of a larger project. Videos can be exported as 640 x 360, 960 x 540 or 1280 x 720p.

Export Options for Intro Designer Lite

It is an extremely quick and easy app to use, and a great way of spicing up existing iMovie projects that you have been working on with students. Of course, six templates will only get you so far, but if you decide you want more, the full version of this app is available for $2.99. It comes with 30 templates and a nicer interface that is optimized for iOS 7. See how it works in the video below, or check out the IntroMate app for a similar experience.

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iPadography: Photo Projects for the iPad Classroom

The camera is one of those apps on the iPad that we sometimes take for granted. We forget it is there or don’t always use it to its full potential in the classroom. This week I am presenting at iPadU: Slide to Unlock Learning, and I wanted to highlight some of the many ways that you could use the iPad camera, so I put some ideas together and added some I had seen on the web or learned from others. The result? iPadography: Photo Projects for the iPad Classroom.

So, if you are looking for ideas for using the iPad camera in the classroom, take a look at some of the slides below, and feel free to share it with others who might be interested! You can also join iPadography for Educators – a Google+ group I created for educators looking to do photo and video projects with students on an iPad.

Learning to Innovate in a One iPad Classroom

Today I was presenting at our annual iPad conference for educators – iPadU: Slide to Unlock Learning. Matt B. Gomez was our keynote speaker and kicked off the first of our three days with an inspiring talk for educators.

Later in the day I gave one of several presentations I am scheduled to give at the conference, and it was on a topic I have written about before, the one iPad classroom. So, if you are interested in getting some ideas for this, or you know some teachers who are faced with a similar dilemma, feel free to pass on the ideas below!