Everyday our students are doing amazing things as they work and learn together. Capturing these moments has never been easier. Here in Hastings Elementary Schools, all teachers are given an iPad and students have mini sets in their classrooms. The iPad's camera is a marvelous documentation tool. With it teachers and students alike can record any moment and easily share it. It's a supremely powerful capability and one we can build upon before sharing with our families, community, and the world.
Raw video is fine for informal viewing. It serves a purpose. Raw video, however, is typically underwhelming when viewed by individuals not present for the actual event. There's a reason professional media is edited prior to delivery and viewing by the end user. Edited video is more polished, more professional, and far more engaging. Editing the video usually takes a particular set of skills, a vision, and time.
Replay was featured at Apple's 2014 Fall Keynote and instantly made anyone a video producer. The app automatically generates a fully-edited video, complete with transitions and effects coordinated with the flow of a music track it provides. The user need only select the photo and video in their desired order of appearance and Replay, nearly instantly, begins playing the fully-edited video.
If they so choose, the user has the ability to play a heavier roll in the finished product. Customizable features include, but are not limited to text, filters, themes, transitions, music, aspect ratios, video length, and source audio present. You can be as involved in the editing as you'd like, and you'll always get a positive and polished result.
Here in Hastings, teachers are using Replay to capture moments, highlight weekly accomplishments, and document experiences before sharing with an audience. The simple user experience, and the ability to customize the video to your desired specifications, make this a go-to app for documenting and sharing our story. Here are a smattering of Replay videos built by teachers.
Michele Johnson (@michelejohn10): States of Matter Volcanoes
Melissa Black (@MrsMelissaBlack): Code.org with Second Grade
Carolyn Beaty (@missbeaty10): Hour of Code
Rachel Bachman (@jfkbachman): Minnesota Zoo Field Trip
Amber Barry: First Grade Fire Safety
Sara Knoll (@MsSaraKnoll): Conference Video
Andrew G. Leiser