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Manhattan Beach CUE Rock Star Teacher Camp- Last Day!

Manhattan Beach CUE Rock Star Teacher Camp- Last Day!

     Today was the last day of CUE Rock Star Teacher Camp!  I met so many great people and learned a ton of techie tips and tricks to get my year rolling.  O.K., here is my learning for today!

Turn your students' into digital literacy superstars! by Alice Chen

     So basically, we learned how to make a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book.  You needed to start with a storyboard because it can get pretty complicated when figuring out which slide connects to what. Alice started us off with a template:

     The template had the text, the images which connected to other slides in the text and a mask.  It was sort of complicated and I didn't get much done because I was distracted by...


     Storybird allows you to create beautiful stories with ready made art.  It works on any device and is free for teachers.  The art itself is so beautiful that it inspires you to write.

Here is the one I made:
Here is the example Alice made: Click here.

Interactive Videos by Nancy Minocozzi

Adding an interactive component to videos increases student engagement and leads to deeper understanding and better retention. Learn how easy it is to make "choose your own adventure" videos using Google Presentations and the YouTube video editor.

You will need a laptop or Chromebook for this session. Unfortunately, interactive videos are not mobile-friendly for making or viewing.

Log in to your Google account. You are going to use YouTube through your Google account.

Tools needed:
  • Screencastify Chrome extension
  • YouTube Creator Studio app
  • Google Presentations

Making Your Own Video


  1. Decide subject matter.
  2. Create flowchart. Each choice = new video. Storyboarding is very important.

Create and upload the videos

  1. Make slides to use as the visuals for the videos. Include at least one question (yes/no, true/false, or multiple choice). For our videos today, the following slide should show the correct answer. If you are making a more complex series of videos, it is better to create a separate video for each answer choice. (See below.)
  2. Create your first video. You will be doing a screencast of yourself narrating as you move through your slide presentation. I used Screencastify to record myself. Make sure to tell them to choose an answer.
  3. Remember to leave a couple of seconds at the beginning and the end of the narration.
  4. After the pause, move to the answer slide and congratulate the student for answering correctly. If you did not provide instruction in your video, you will want to give a quick explanation of why that answer is the correct one.
  5. Create your second video (the one viewers will see if they select the incorrect answer). Provide your explanation and any reteaching, then offer a slide they can click to try again.
  6. Upload the videos to YouTube. If there are several of them, it is helpful to create a playlist.
  7. Make your first video public and set the others as unlisted. Make a note of each video’s URL.

Add annotations

  1. In Video Manager, select your first video, and choose Edit > Annotations.
  2. Move to the point in your video where you ask the question. Add an annotation for EACH answer choice at the beginning of your pause.
  3. Link each annotation to the appropriate video.
    1. For the correct answer, the annotation should link to the main video (i.e. the same one you are working on), but at the end of the silence after the question. You will need to enter the correct time in the “Start linked video at” box under the box for the link.
    2. The video for the incorrect answers should have a link to your second video.
  4. Save your changes.
  5. Select your second video and choose Edit > Annotations.
  6. Add an annotation at the end that links back to your first video.
    1. If you provided instruction in the first video, set the annotation to link back to it.
    2. If you chose to provide instruction/reteaching in your second video, set the annotation to link back to the first video just before you ask your question.


Watch your video and go through all the answer choices to make sure everything works as you want it to. If you have a lot of students who are on mobile devices, you may want to add links to the connected videos in the description section of each video.

**When I made mine, I didn't want to create a quiz. Instead, it's a way to assign work. If they choose the first answer, they need to make a Prezi on the ethics of zoos. If they choose answer two, they need to make a Blendspace about the threats to gorillas in the wild. If they choose answer three, they need to create a story on Storybird. I designed it as a pre-reading activity for The One and Only Ivan. Here is the link:

I was so lucky! I helped Julieanne and she gave me the prize she won! I got a copy of SnagIt! Woo hoo!!!Thanks, @jarhartz!!

Thank you to all the faculty at Rock Star Teacher Camp. I learned so much in three days. Best $ and brain cells every spent!


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