Incorporate MixBit into class projects involving collaboration or research. Kids could research a social studies project by gathering source video from anywhere in the world; document an experiment with video from lab partners or scientists from other countries; or blend interpretations of a poem with authors from around the globe.
The app relies on social media technology for sharing but purposefully lacks its pesky associative features ("liking" and "following," even posting comments or viewing usernames), making the tool liberating for teachers and sidestepping certain privacy concerns.Continue reading Show less
MixBit combines the convenience of mobile video creation with the global connectedness of social media. Teens shoot original video or take pictures from their in-app camera, and can browse and borrow video shot by other MixBit users shared through the app. MixBit records in 16-second clips, and teens can stitch together up to 256 clips and images, totaling one hour of video. A free MixBit account is required to add borrowed clips into original projects.
With MixBit, users can focus on making longer, more collaborative projects, rather than short, showy snippets. The app's social media features also emphasize creation over garnering approval. Users can view and borrow clips from others and share creations with the online MixBit community, but there's no "liking" or "following" people. In fact, teens can't even comment on people's video or see usernames, only MixBit titles.Continue reading Show less
MixBit can be a solid classroom tool because it lets teens produce longer video (up to one hour) and access clips from around the world. Teens aren't required to have a MixBit account to compile original projects, but they'll need one to add borrowed clips to their own projects and to search clips by keyword.
The app records in 16-second clips and color-codes, numbers, and time-stamps each clip. An optional grid helps frame the subject. Touch and hold your finger on the screen to record (but only in landscape mode). Recording stops at 16 seconds, then auto-resumes if a finger stays on the screen. Clips can be re-ordered, and pre-made animated themes and music (from the user's library or from a selection of built in songs) can be layered on top for some extra flavor. Transitions and cuts, however, get automatically added by the app. This auto-editing makes things much easier and serendipitous but takes away some control. While this won't become a go-to video editing tool, it's a great option for video projects where collaboration is key and time is a factor.Continue reading Show less
Key Standards Supported
Speaking & Listening
|SL.7: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.7.5||Include multimedia components and visual displays in presentations to clarify claims and findings and emphasize salient points.|
|SL.8: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.8.5||Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.|
|SL.9-10: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.9-10.5||Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.|
|SL.11-12: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas|
|SL.11-12.5||Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.|
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