Assessment, Innovative Instruction, instructional technology, Video

Lumen 5 – Great tool to recommend to your students for their video projects

I love video projects.  I think they are one of the best ways to get students to let loose their creativity and focus on delivering information in a succinct manner.  In addition, creating a video forces the students to plan and to spend more time with the material than writing a paper.  Lastly, communicating via video is a digital literacy skill that all students should have.  My favorite video projects require the students to deliver information in a short amount of time (1-4 min) as most people don’t want to watch a video much longer than that.  These projects can be public service announcements, commercials, video infographics, presentations, etc.

However, I know that many of you aren’t comfortable assigning a project like this because you don’t want to put the students in a position where they have to learn a complicated program to create these.  This is where Lumen5 comes in!

I wish I could remember which faculty member told me about this tool but I want to thank them.  Lumen5 is a semi-free video creation tool that is perfect for video projects or asynchronous presentations.

What’s the Cost?

Let’s get this out of the way first.  From what I can tell, it’s free, as long as you don’t need more than 3 videos a month.  If students are using this for a project then this probably won’t be an issue.
Screenshot of the pricing from the Lumen website

How Does It Work?

It’s so easy.

  1. Create a free login
  2. Click Create
  3. Choose how you want to create your video.  Either Start with a URL, a script, or your own material OR scroll down and use one of the templates
    screenshot of start page
    screenshot of the templates pageOR  Choose via the format you wantscreenshot of the Sizes page OR  Choose the theme you want
    screenshot of the theme page

Next, Start Creating!

Screenshot of the initial screen with the storyboard to the right and the tools to the left
Lumens5 provides free layouts, videos, images and music.  You can also change your layout and theme at any time.

In addition, you can upload your own videos or images and do voiceovers.

When finished, click Publish and your video will download to your computer.


I made a quick video from a blog post and couldn’t believe how easy it was!  I just added the blog post url and it did the rest.


Check out Lumen5 Today and Share it With Your Students!


VideoAnt Interface
Distance Ed, Video, Web 2.0

Tech Tip Tuesday – Take Notes on YouTube Videos with VideoAnt

What is VideoAnt?


Do you host your lectures on YouTube (unlisted) or share other videos with your students? If so, you and your students can use VideoAnt to take notes or leave comments during video playback, anywhere on the video timeline. VideoAnt is a free online application created by the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. Check out the video below to learn more.

What Does an Ant Look Like?

I tested VideoAnt by uploading IT’s recent Tech Minute: Classroom Technology video. Take a look at the interface below. During playback, I quickly added two notes. Notes are flagged on the video timeline and appear on the right with corresponding timestamps.

VideoAnt Interface

Click on the image to zoom.

Exporting and Sharing Your Ants

When it comes to sharing, VideoAnt gives you and your students a few different options. First, I tested the Embed Code in OAKS. The VideoAnt interface (i.e., video and notes) displayed properly, but, unfortunately, my notes were not flagged correctly on the video timeline. Thus, I cannot recommend this method of sharing at this time.

VideoAnt Share Interface

You can also Export your notes or comments in a variety of formats. Here’s what the Text export looks like:

VideAnt Export Text

Finally, you and your students can share your VideoAnt via a link or make it Private and Add Users—similar to Google Docs.

VideoAnt Share Interface

Additional Resources

Ideas for Instructors: 

Video Tutorials:

Innovative Instruction, instructional technology, Video

Tech Tool: 360º Cameras in Teaching

What is a 360º camera?

front and back view of a 360 cameraIt’s a video/still camera with two lenses that takes images of what is happening all around the camera.

How does a 360º camera work?

Most of these cameras have a fisheye lens on each side of the camera and these lenses can capture 180º in all directions (top, bottom, left, right).  So basically you end up with two 180º photos or videos that are then either stitched together in the camera or in external computer software that normally comes with the camera.  

What can you do with them in teaching?

There are myriad ways to use the products from these cameras in the classroom.  Any instance where begin submerged in a location or an event brings learning is perfect for 360º video.  These images/videos can be created by the instructors or the students.  It allows the students in the class to experience a location or event from in the room, so you can bring in all sorts of experiences.  James King-Thompson says,

By introducing a ‘sense of presence’ to learners, these interactions have the potential to develop greater empathy and deeper understanding. Roman Krznaric, in Habits of Highly Empathic People (2012), suggests the following can be developed as a result:

• Cultivating curiosity about strangers
• Challenging prejudices and discover commonalities
• Gaining direct experience of other people’s lives
• Developing an ambitious imagination

These cameras are perfect for filming cultural dances or events, performances, political rallies, historical locations, re-enactments, overseas travel.  Again, the instructor can create these or you can send it out with your students as part of an assignment.

How can my students take advantage of these 360º images/video?

The bummer is that your students will need some type of 360º viewer such as Google Cardboard or a more expensive viewer.  The good news is that the Library, as well as TLThd, are trying to purchase these viewers so you and your students can view the videos/images in the class.

How do I buy a 360º Camera?

At this point, I can’t really tell you which camera to buy because they vary so much.  I can tell you some things to look into.

  • Timer – you want a delay timer so that you can trigger the video or image and then get out of the way.
  • Be sure it can fit on any tripod.  If you want to take this “on the road” like hiking or biking, be sure your camera can fit on multiple mounts such as a head mount.
  • Resolution: at least 4K video resolution is required to appear HD in quality; images that are at least 15 megapixels.
  • Built in stabilization.


Interactive video screenshot
instructional technology, Presentation, Video

Create Interactive Games, Presentations, Images and So Much More with H5P

H5P is a free, online content creation application.  You can use it to create interactive content quickly and easily.  No coding or web skill is required.  Here’s what you can create:


  • Agamotto: layer images and create a timeline for those images to overlay onto on another. It allows users to compare and explore a sequence of images interactively.
  • Collage: create collages of images.


  • Audio Recorder: Record your voice and play back or download a .wav file of your recording.  Great for language learning or speech practicing.



  • Arithmetic Quiz: auto-generates arithmetic quizzes consisting of multiple choice questions.
  • Drag and Drop: create questions or images where the user must drag the proper answer to the image and check for correctness.
  • Drag the Words: similar to drag and drop, but you can drag onto text.
  • Fill in the Blank: the learner free types into the blank. This can be used as a quiz question or having them complete a passage or poem.
  • Find the Hotspot: create an image based test where the learner is to find the correct spot on an image.
  • Flashcards:  create a set of stylish and intuitive flashcards that have images paired with questions and answers.
  • Guess the Answer: create challenges where the user is to guess an answer based on a picture.

Learning Resources:

  • Dialog Cards: content type allowing authors to create great language learning resources that include audio, text and images.
  • Dictation: allows you to create dictation exercises. Let your students train their listening comprehension and spelling skills.
  • Documentation: allows users to create form driven guides for structured writing processes.
  • Timeline Creator
  • Branching Scenarios


  • Matching
  • Sequencing
  • Personality Quizzes
  • Image Pairing

Website/LMS components:

  • Accordion
  • Column: content type which allowing users to add multiple choice, fill in the blanks, texts and other types of interactions and group them in a column layout.

Presentation components

  • Course Presentation: content type which allows users to add multiple choice, fill in the blanks, texts and other types of interactions to their presentations using only a web browser.


This is really one of the simplest applications I’ve ever used and you can create so many learning objects that can be used on websites or in OAKS.

It’s an easy, fun, and free way to add interactivity to your OAKS class.  Check it out and let me know what you create!

H5P Website

Screenshot of FlipGrid video grid
Collaboration, discussion, Video

#OneNewThing: FlipGrid – lots of new features and totally FREE!

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  • hold online discussions,
  • practice languages or public speaking,
  • hold online debates,
  • create class community,
  • student introductions,
  • student reflection,
  • elevator pitches, and so much more.

You are just limited by your imagination!  It’s a wonderful way for students to verbalize their learning and share.

If you’ve tried FlipGrid in the past then now’s the time to try it again.  They have partnered with Microsoft so all the Premium features are now available for FREE!
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  • The Recorder/Camera – allows the user to switch between horizontal and vertical while recording on a phone or tablet.
  • Works on a computer, phone, or tablet.
  • Can trim the beginning and/or end of a video recording.  Can also append to your recording.
  • Can add “Vibes” which are tags that you put on top of the video.
  • Can add an attachment (external link) to your video.  The teacher can use this to make a lesson in their initial prompt to give the students resources to inform their response.
  • GridPals – Link with other classrooms across the country or the world.  Great for cultural and language learning.
  • Emoji support in Topics and Grids.  This can help with blending images and text and for voting or giving a feeling about the grid.
  • Replies – when a student leaves a reply, other students can now reply back, making the grid a “threaded” video discussion.
  • Collaborative storytelling where Student 1 starts the story, then Student 2 adds a piece of the story via a reply, and it keeps going with all the students.

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Assessment, instructional technology, Presentation, TLT, Video

Biteable – a fun way to create an informational video

These days infographics are all the rage but, while they can deliver a lot of information on one page, they can be a bit boring and sometimes I really need someone to explain the graphic.  Biteable now offers a way to have the easy to read and understand statistics and information found in an infographic but with the ability to add the audio explanation.



  • biteable video made easyYou start with a template that best describes your presentation.  A few examples are:
  • Add your stats, graphics, and pick your animations.
  • Add your music or voiceover file.
  • Share your final product.

Biteable is free but you have to put up with a logo in the lower right corner of your finished product.  If you love it and want to purchase a subscription it’s $99/year.  For class projects, however I think the free version is more than enough.

Biteable how to make a videoThe subscription offers you:

  • 85,000 Stock Footage Clips
  • No Biteable Logo/Watermark
  • Download To Your Computer
  • Upload Your Own Footage
  • Privacy Controls

So the next time you give a presentation, infographic, or elevator pitch to your students, consider suggesting they use Biteable to deliver their information.

the death of moviemaker, use openshot
TLT, Video

In Search of a Replacement for Microsoft MovieMaker

It was a real disappointment when, in January, 2017, Microsoft discontinued Windows Essentials, which included Windows MovieMaker, a free, Windows video editing application.  It was the perfect Windows entry-level video editing app for student projects.  So I went looking for a replacement and found OpenShot Video Editor.

Microsoft Essentials have reached the end of support.

OpenShot is an open-source (a.k.a free) video editing app that does almost everything Window’s MovieMaker plus a bit more.  Just go to the downloads page and download the application that matches your operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux).  Import your video and images by just dragging them into the application then you are ready to edit.

screenshot of the editor windowFeatures

Trim & Slice – Quickly trim down your videos, and find those perfect moments. You can cut out video from the beginning, middle, or end.

Animation & Keyframes – You can fade, slide, bounce, and animate anything in your video project, video or images.

Unlimited Tracks – Add as many layers as you need for watermarks, background videos, audio tracks, and more.  This also allows you to do green screen effects.
Video Effects including Green Screen – Remove the background from your video, invert the colors, adjust brightness, make it sepia or black and white, and more.
Audio Waveforms – Visualize your audio files as waveforms, and even output the waveforms as part of your video.  You can edit audio just like editing video.
Title Editor – Really robust title editor.  You can use a template or create your own.  Lots to choose from.
3D Animations – Render beautiful 3D animated titles and effects, such as snow, lens flares, or flying text.
Slow Motion & Time Effects – Control the power of time, reversing, slowing down, and speeding up video. Use a preset or animate the playback speed and direction.
OpenShot also has great video and text tutorials for each of these features.  This makes it really easy to use in your course with your students.

Features It Lacks

The one feature OpenShot lacks is the ability to record a voiceover within the software.  You will need to use an external recording application, such as Audacity, to record your voiceover then import it into your OpenShot project.  This is a little bit of a pain but not a deal breaker.
So if you are looking for a free and easy to use video editing application for your Windows students try OpenShot.
TLT, Video

Make videos interactive

What is ?   RooClick is a patent-pending concept in click-to-interact technology utilizing web browsers and mobile applications to allow students and teachers to engage in video content in real time. Thus allowing curriculum and information to be accessed with one click. RooClick was founded on the premises of giving viewers what they want when they want it. By eliminating disconnect between seeing content and engaging with content through a simple click. No more searching for relevant information; teachers associate the material they want with the video content. This allows instructors to customize all assignments for their class.  From

Price: Free for individual teachers

Platform:  Android, IOS and a laptop (look for “RooPlayer” in the App store and “RooClick Video Player” in Google Play)

More Information:

To learn more about visit

RooClick Instruction Manual for Educators and Students found at

Check out the following articles about RooClick:

Rock Your use of Video as a Teaching and Learning Tool With RooClick

OneNewThing - Adobe Spark
instructional technology, TLT, Video

#OneNewThing – Adobe Spark

This summer I attended a teaching symposium where the mantra was “One New Thing,” or the act of finding one thing that you think will meet a need and implementing it instead of feeling pressure to implement many things.  This new series will focus on helping you potentially find your #OneNewThing.

One New Thing from TLT
Adobe Spark is an online graphics and video application.  Use the Social Graphics app to create graphics with text to post to social media or to liven up blog posts or presentations.  Use Web Stories to create interactive pages for storytelling or newsletters.  Animated Videos allows the user to create animated slideshows and presentations with images, text, and recorded audio.

How It Works

Spark Post – create stunning graphics 

  • Get started quickly using a theme or start with a blank slate.
  • Add your own images or use the built in image library.
  • Search the text library to find just the right font and layout to meet your needs.

Uses for Faculty & Students

Spark Post
Create graphics to

  • illustrate your concept in a presentation.
  • add to blog posts or social media.
  • spice up a newsletter.
Spark Page – create beautiful web stories

  • Create a beautiful, eye-catching story using photos and text.
  • Choose from preset themes or start from a blank slate.
  • Add motion to your photos as the user views your page.
  • Your page resizes for any size screen, including mobile.

Spark Page


  • Webpages
  • Newsletters
  • Class presentations
  • Storytelling
Spark Video – create compelling animated videos

  • Start with a beautiful template or a blank slate.
  • Add images, text and icons to tell your story.
  • Finish with music and a voiceover.

Spark Video


  • Video tutorials
  • Video presentations
  • Video newsletters
  • Music videos
  • Documentaries
  • Video blogs
  • Document events

Get your free account now at adobe spark


If you use Adobe Spark tweet about it using #OneNewThing and add TLT at @tltcofc!  We can’t wait to hear from you.


headshot of Dr. Kate Mullaugh
1-1-1, Best Practices, Presentation, Video

Faculty Guest Post: Using iMovie to Make Instructional Videos

Our guest blogger is Dr. Kate Mullaugh, Assistant Professor in Chemistry.


These instructions are based off iMovie version 10.1.2 on a MacBook Pro Laptop.

Do you teach a course or lab that requires students to carry out a task using a specific hands-on technique? You may have experienced of a large group of students huddled around you as you demonstrate some critical technique only to look up and discover half the class is straining to get a peak at what you’re doing. And a couple weeks later when called upon to use the same technique? Many students could probably use a refresher. If you’ve experienced this in your teaching you may want to consider producing instructional videos using iMovie. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Everyone gets a front row seat!
  • Students can get a quick review if they haven’t performed the task in some time.
  • Videos can easily be replayed if students don’t quite catch everything that is presented the first time around.
  • If different instructors teach multiple sections of a course or lab, you can ensure students are a getting consistent message across all sections.
  • If there are hazards associated with the technique (or being in lab in general), safety can be represented in a way that is consistent with your department’s standards.
  • You can free up time in the classroom or lab for other instruction.
  • Once produced, videos can be used again and again for semesters to come!

I know…it sounds great, but you don’t know anything about filming and editing videos and you don’t have time to learn. I was surprised how easy it was to use iMovie after attending an iMovie session at TLT’s Faculty Technology Institute and I highly recommend taking an hour to sit in on a training session. Below are some tips and best practices I’ve discovered in making instructional videos for a lab course I teach, “Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry.”

Recording Videos

  • This can be done using an iPad (on loan from TLT if you don’t have one) or other device. Before you get started make sure you have plenty of free space on the device because the video files will be large.
  • Use some sort of stand (i.e., a stack of books) so your footage isn’t shaky.
  • Have your device in a horizontal orientation.
  • Have a cameraperson. I have done some videos where I set up the camera and record myself, but inevitably something is just out of frame and I have to reshoot.
  • Don’t try worry about sound or narrating what you are doing while you film. As you will see iMovie makes it very easy to edit out sound a record a voice over for videos.
  • Err on the side of capturing too much footage. You can edit it down later.

Import videos from iPad to computer

  • When you plug in your device to your computer, the screen to the right will appear.
  • Select “Import All New Videos.” You probably want to have “Delete items after import” selected, which will help free up storage on the device. You may have to do this periodically if you are trying to capture a lot of footage and your device has limited storage.

Edit your video in iMovie

  • Open iMovie and go to File   New Movie. You will first be prompted to select a theme. I personally like “Simple” because it does not clutter the screen with busy graphics.
  • Click “Create” and name your project.
  • Drag and drop all files from the “Photos Library” into your new movie on the left panel of the screen (under “Project Media”). If you have still images you want to use, you can do this as well. You can even drag and drop files from a folder in Finder.
  • You are now ready to start building your movie. To do so, select the title under “Project Media” and drag video clips or images to the panel at the bottom in the order you think you want them to appear. Of course this can be changed later. You may need to take care to ensure the whole clip (or portion you want) is highlighted in yellow before dropping it into the bottom panel.
  • As you add elements and make other changes, pay close attention to where the cursor (the vertical line in the bottom panel) is. Also note that the aspect you are editing at any given time will be highlighted with a yellow border.
  • If you need finer control over where you are editing within a video, you can expand it by using the slide bar in the middle of the right side of the iMovie window.
  • You will periodically want to watch your video as you go. To do so, place the cursor where you want to start watching and press play in the viewing panel on the right.

Make a Title Slide

  • I like to start off my movies with a title slide to give them a professional look. To do this I use a still image and over lay it with text. For my series of lab videos I used the same image so they had a consistent theme.
  • When displaying still images, the iMovie default is to use a slow pan for the aptly named “Ken Burns” effect. To change how the still image appears, double click on the picture in the bottom panel. There you will see two rectangles representing the beginning and end shot. You can change these to zoom in or out, or pan across. To simply display the picture or a cropped version of the picture, select “Fit” or “Crop to Fill,” respectively.
  • To add text to your title slide, click on “Title” at the top of the screen.
  • Double click on the version you like (I use Standard) and you will get a warning to turn off automatic content, which I recommend doing to get more flexibility in how the text appears.
  • Double click on the parts of the title you want to change.
  • The amount of time you want to have the title displayed can be controlled by expanding or contracting the purple bar appearing above this segment of the video in iMovie.

Picture-in-picture Effect

  • You may like to do this to for adding a video within another video, which is the same as what I am going to describe here for putting a still image within a still image that is serving as the title slide.
  • I used the C of C logo for my department to give it an official look. You can access C of C logos for departments across campus from the marketing department here. You will need a C of C Google Drive account to access logos.
  • Once you have a picture (or logo) located in a folder, you can drag and drop it into your project in the left panel of iMovie. From the “My Media” panel, drag it down so it lands above to the portion of the video where you want it to appear.
  • Select the picture so it has a yellow border around it. And then select the icon that looks like one solid box with a dashed box behind it.
  • From the drop down menu select “Picture in Picture.” This is also where you find a side-by-side option, which you may find helpful for some other purposes.
  • Just like for the still image, the default is again the Ken Burns effect so you will probably want to select “Fit” instead. You may also have to use the crop icon depending on how much of the image you want to appear.

Cut It Out!

  • If you took the approach of taking a lot of footage for your video, the bulk of your editing will be cutting stuff out.
  • Once you determine a place where you want to cut something out, place the cursor there and then go to Modify Split Clip and it will make a cut. Repeat at the end of the section you want to remove. Then select the section of the video you want to remove (outlined in yellow) and hit Delete.


  • You will now have somewhat abrupt transitions from clip to clip. Adding smooth transitions will make the final product look significantly more professional.
  • Go to “Transitions” at the top of the iMovie window.
  • With the cursor in the gap between clips, select your transition by double clicking. I mostly have used “Fade to Black” for subtle transitions, but you might prefer something flashier.

Add Text Over Video

  • You can add text to emphasize certain points by selecting “Titles” along the top of the iMovie window
  • With the cursor where you want the text to appear, double click on the type of title that you want to use (I like “Soft Edge”) and double click on the purple box to change the text. You can also edit the justification and font color/size once it is inserted.
  • The default for displaying text is 4 seconds, but you can easily change it by expanding or contracting the purple box. I think about 10 seconds is a good length when it’s a full sentence and the audience is paying close attention to what is happening on screen.
  • If you want to just display text on a blank background at certain points, you can do so by selecting “Backgrounds” at the top of the screen. Here you can insert a plain background (black is probably best) and then add the text as described above. I like to do this to emphasize a particular point or at the end of the video to make “credits”
  • Note iMovie will not underline misspelled words so make sure you edit your text!

Removing Sound and Adding Narration

  • I like to remove all sound from the get go. Knowing that I can add in narration later allows me to focus on getting the best visual footage during filming.
  • Remove audio by selecting a clip, then go to Modify > Detach Audio. The audio will appear as a green rectangle below the corresponding video clip in the lower panel. Select it and hit Delete.
  • With the background sound removed, I record a voice over. Usually I watch the video without sound and write a rough outline of what I want to say as I go.
  • To record narration, make sure the cursor is at the beginning of the video and then I press the microphone icon that is located below and to the left of the video panel (close to the middle of the iMovie window). Then a red circle will appear. Recording will begin after the 3-2-1 count down.
  • You can edit sound clips the same way as the video above. For example, if I know I was sounding good and then I messed up, I can split the clip just before the mess-up (make sure the audio, not the video is highlighted in yellow) and then delete what I don’t want. I can then pick up the recording where I left off by having the cursor in the appropriate position.
  • TLT has various microphones you may use, or your computer may have a decent one built into it. I’ve found that the microphone on the headphones that come with an iPhone works great. You should listen to your recording (it’s painful to hear your own voice, I know!) to make sure it sounds good.

Making Videos Available on YouTube

  • This can take some time depending on the length and resolution of your video.
  • I like to save the video as an .mp4 file so that I can upload it directly to OAKS or share it with people in ways other than YouTube, but you can also upload it directly to YouTube from iMovie. See the menu in to the right.
  • Edit the title and description if desired and then click “Next…” to export the file and select the folder where you want it to be saved.
  • Once the export is complete, go to YouTube and click on “Upload.” You will be asked to sign in using your Google username. Then select the file from the folder where you saved it.
  • While it uploads, you can edit the title and description to how you want it to appear. I also like to make videos unlisted so if someone searches for videos they won’t come across what I’ve done. Students will be able to access unlisted videos as long as they are provided with a link.
  • Under advanced settings you can disable comments, which I recommend.
  • Once the processing in complete, click “Done” and the link will be provided. Make sure you copy the link somewhere so you will be able to access it later.

Making Videos Accessible to Students

  • A standard approach to this would be to embed the YouTube videos or provide links on your OAKS page.
  • Perhaps a more useful approach that would allow students to readily access the videos “on the fly” while they are in class or lab would be to provide QR codes that can be scanned with a smart phone to access the videos.
  • There are numerous free QR code generators out there, but here is one I like, which allows you to make up to five QR codes for free: 
  • Once the QR code is generated, you can copy the code then paste it where you want it. QR codes can be scanned from printed pages, on a computer monitor or when projected on a screen.

Best Practices

  • There seems to be a sweet spot of video length that students will watch. If a video is too short (< 2 minutes), students might view it as unimportant and won’t bother. If a video is too long (9+ minutes…yes, really, that is considered too long!), they may not watch it. So extra effort put into making lengthy videos is likely time wasted!
  • There are several ways you can use videos to more actively engage your students:
    • Ask students to “star” in you videos. Students are often excited and flattered to be asked to be in a video.
    • Make a video without sound and ask students to write a script to go along with it, maybe even record their voices narrating it. This gets you out of having to listen to your own voice when editing!
    • Document common mistakes in your videos and ask students to critique what they see.
    • And of course you could always ask students to make their own videos as a project!