Friday, December 7, 2012

Day 27- Magisto

Magisto.com is one of my favorite web tools for quickly taking video from an activity such as a field trip or class project and mashing it together with music to create a nice, professional-looking video that is interesting and can easily be shared. Even better, while Magisto is a web tool, it is also a fantastic app for the iPhone and Android OS, so now you can shoot video with your phone and have the video ready to go in mere minutes. To help you understand how Magisto performs this magic, here are a couple of videos:



Magisto turns your iPhone into the world's smartest camera from magisto on Vimeo.



What is Magisto from magisto on Vimeo.

Here is a Magisto video that I threw together from some really rough video I shot at Disney World:



I can imagine all kinds of applications in the classroom:

  1. Assign a videographer of the day to capture class and post it on your class website.
  2. Make a video collage of clips that illustrate an idea or theme.
  3. Make day-in-the-life videos of characters in books or people in the school.
  4. Create an inspirational video montage of a class's preparations for an assessment.
  5. Have students introduce a topic via video.
  6. Create discussion-starter videos.
  7. Create motivational videos made of quotes.
  8. Create an art portfolio video.
  9. Have students create biographical videos (my family, my favorite things).</
  10. Have students share their definitions of a word and make a mash-up for that word.

Your Challenge


Play with this tool. Download the App is applicable. Capture some video and then create a Magisto video to share. Then comment below. How have you used Magisto in your class, or how can you imagine using it with your students?

25 comments:

  1. We are always looking for new creativity tools for our students, and Magisto will definitely be added to the list. Any one these 10 suggestions would work in our classroom. The application that immediately comes to my mind is a way for students to present their community service projects. They already take still pictures and video of their preparation and service. Magisto would be a fun alternative to Movie Maker or PhotoStory. We will encourage our students to focus on video records of their projects next semester. Magisto would also be a great way to create an informational video for the Shepard Academy.

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  2. This could be used for the Parabola project I used to use in Algebra (finding real life parabolas...), the logic book we are currently working on in geometry students could make into a movie; and probably more ideas. Yesterday I spent time putting all the "2.0" ideas into storage as to when I would use it... thanks for the tips; I wish it was all the time.

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  3. My students have really struggled in the past with editing videos into something they were proud of. It is exciting to have an app that can help them get there without all of the frustration! We have tried a couple of times to put together a video for our school, but now maybe this can help us have a public-ready product.

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  4. I really like your idea number 10 since I also teach Etymology. Another idea I had would be to use it for Latin Club. We're supposed to do a service project each year, and I think this would be cool to put together a video for the service project we decide to do. It would also be really cool to use to record Club activities like meetings or the state convention that is every year. We could then create a movie and share it with students who weren't able to attend the events. Oooh, I could also see using it as a promotional tool for LARP club if we ever get it approved.... Lots of cool ideas!

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  5. I hate that my first thought is a "but", but....we don't have smartphones. Would newer iPads be able to do this? The iPads we have now do not have cameras. Anyway, I could see where kids would LOVE this! I think they could use this app to film video on core experience trips, or perhaps film group presentations and performances done in class. We could put all of the groups' finished projects together and show off our work to others in the school. The problem is finding the technology! However, I have downloaded the app for my phone, and I could definitely see myself using it again.

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    1. One of the great things about Magisto.com is that there is a website that does the same thing the app does. You do not need to have the app. As a matter of fact when we first saw this tool, to my knowledge, they didn't have an app. Any internet connection will do online!

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  6. I can use this after I record my students' concerts. I like to have students critique themselves and this would allow me to do some quick edits to post online.

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  7. Looks neat! I can see students using this to show real world examples of various things--conic sections, matrices, systems of equations, slope, etc. It'd be a neat final product to share with the class.

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  8. I love this program! I can see where this could become fun with family and friends. Fun to share with everyone.

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  9. I downloaded the app and I really like it so far. I made a video last week of my 4th graders saying goodbye to their student teacher. This would be a wonderful solution for student memory slideshows, programs, and other times I am always taking video and pictures and mashing them together!

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  10. I teach at a multiple magnet high school which includes visual and performing arts, music and dance. What a great way to record a performance,art shows or student presentation. Love your ten ideas...going to borrow them! Can,t wait to run the students lose on this one.

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  11. Neat! I have a lot of ideas for this one as my students have a vareity of chances to make videos for projects. They do exercise/nutrition based videos as well as cooking shows, this can help pull it together and make their videos even more appealing. I myself will use it, both for family videos and school. I often find short video clips on Youtube related to a topic, and show one after another - how great will it be to put them together and add music to make them more interesting for the kids.

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  12. I agree with Katie. While I see the awesome possibilities we don't have phones. I was wondering too if it could be used with Ipads? I can see using this in Science to record observations of investigations and then have them present to the class. It can be used as a fun assessment tool. I can see them in Social Studies making a report on any number of items and using this as an assessment. I like all 10 suggestions and will for sure be trying when I hopefully get an IPhone for Christmas! I have always been scared of video due to the editing but this takes care of it all! I will be using at Christmas for videos and then to share. I could see the kids doing an end of the year video on what they learned through the year or to share with the next year's class things hey will need to know. Similar to Jolie's post.

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    1. Practically all iPhone apps work on the iPad, but the resolution is not always the best, but as stated above, this is not just an iOS app. The meat of the app is actually the website Magisto.com

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  13. I love the possible uses offered! It would be great to give kids the option to complete a project using the tool. I think it is especially applicable to some of the projects we are doing in my class; when students write a piece, they are also required to complete an appropriate digital project o go with it. For example, when we write persuasive compositions, students must also create something to show their thinking digitally, like an advertisement, commercial, PSA, etc. This would be a great option to offer them!

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  14. This app has lots of possibilities! We just had a contest at our high school where the students had to create short videos for younger students to use as a writing prompt for am essay contest about what makes our city special to them. The students used video clips taken of our city and put them together with narration and music. This app would have been awesome for them to use!!!

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  15. I am really excited about this app! I see lots of possible uses in my classroom. Students could use it to take on the role of an historical figure or document their efforts as they work on a project. I could use it to intro a PBL unit or capture them as they work on projects in class. I'd really like to start using this immediately to document our 6th grade leadership team as they work on our Africa project. They are involved in a year-long effort to raise money to put in a clean water system in an African village. It would be so fun to catch them in action and them mash it together once they've reached their goal.

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  16. This would be a great presentation tool for students to use for part of their culminating activity. They would love this! Very easy to use and I love the options!

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  17. You don't need to use Smart phones to use this tool. There is also the website magisto.com that allows you to do the same thing using a webtool. I've actually only used the phone app once. The nice thing about the web tool is that you can collect your videos from various sources and then upload them. That way if kids shoot video from multiple cameras, they can still bring all of the videos together.

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  18. Sorry I am a bit late here. I had to leave early on Friday and missed this one. I definitely think that this tool can make mini movies a definite option for projects. Students have so much difficulty with editing the movies that I have never even attempted for them to actually make a movie. It would be nice if they had the opportunity to do so. I could definitely see this as part of a geometry section or measurement section.

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  19. Oooh - I'm really excited about this one. Let's face it, I want to be that awesome teacher that parents love for bringing the classroom to them via video clips and pictures from the classroom. I've tried to use smilebox before, but it is very basic and you have to buy a premium service to use the music you want. I've always wanted to send/post videos, but I've had no time to edit! Problem solved! I also love the idea of having students make videos related to topics in class. Next topic is geometry. There is so much vocab with that unit. Maybe each group can make posters with vocab or real life illustrations of geometry concepts and make into a video! Thanks for sharing such neat technology!

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  20. I can see giving this to students as an option for a project. I currently do not have any devices that capture video, so I have no way to create an example. However, I have some students who I think would really enjoy using this.

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  21. I've made many videos these last few days.. including home videos :) This is a neat app. I'm tempted to upgrade. This is great for showcasing what happens in your class - to share with parents on a blog or social media site. Students could use this to create videos for projects. Instead of just bringing a model in, students could build the model and video themselves making it. They then could run it through this app and have a neat video in addition to their model.

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  22. I love this! I love the fact that there is an iphone app and an online option. My students would love to use this, as we do LOTS of projects and post them on our site. With this tool, my students can take on some of the video uploads and editing. Can't go wrong with that!

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