I learned about Zigazoo a few weeks ago and have had fun exploring the videos created by kids! Zigazoo looks and feels like popular social media tools such as Instagram and TikTok, which means that students feel more comfortable with the user experience and are more likely to enjoy the learning process on Zigazoo.
Zigazoo is a free video sharing app that gives students the chance to create a short video in response to prompts and activities. Teachers have been using it to provide students with a different way to share their learning and explore new ideas.
Zigazoo gives families and classrooms the ability to share video-based responses to projects and interactive media from museums, zoos, educators, children’s musicians, and education organizations. A recent article by TechCrunch referred to Zigazoo as the “future of remote learning.” There are so many possibilities for creating videos during remote and hybrid learning and exploring the new channels is a great way to start.
With the recent addition of channels, there are many new possibilities for students to learn from global organizations! Check out the channels that have been added so far.
It is an app that is great for offering new ways for students to learn and share their learning in creative ways. Teachers and parents can find daily projects to explore or search through the hundreds of other projects available. Explore the #dailyzigazoo to get started. Here is Kira Willey’s first one, “What is something kind you’ve done for someone?”
In Zigazoo, there are challenges that offer kids a chance to explore and then create a video to talk about what they learned. It can also be a great option for project-based learning types of activities. What an opportunity to spark curiosity for learning and increase student engagement.
Each video created can be up to a length of 30 seconds. There will be daily featured projects and the Zigazoo app gives kids a fun way to think about and try new things. It is a good way for parents to be more involved in learning with their kids. Creating their own videos also helps students to develop their understanding of privacy and social networks. Teachers can also record responses to student videos.
Zigazoo is free and educators can create their own classroom projects or choose from those available. Parents can also join in the global Zigazoo community.
About the Author
Rachelle Dene Poth is an edtech consultant, presenter, attorney, author, and teacher. Rachelle teaches Spanish and STEAM: What’s nExT in Emerging Technology at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA. Rachelle has a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law and a Master’s in Instructional Technology. She is a Consultant and Speaker, owner of ThriveinEDU LLC Consulting. She is an ISTE Certified Educator and currently serves as the past -president of the ISTE Teacher Education Network and on the Leadership team of the Mobile Learning Network. At ISTE19, she received the Making IT Happen Award and a Presidential Gold Award for volunteer service to education. She is also a Buncee Ambassador, Nearpod PioNear and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.
Rachelle is the author of four books, ‘In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking,” “Unconventional Ways to Thrive in EDU” (EduMatch) and “The Future is Now: Looking Back to Move Ahead,” Rachelle Dene’s latest book is with ISTE “Chart A New Course: A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World.” Rachelle is a blogger for Getting Smart, Defined Learning, District Administration, NEO LMS, and the STEM Informer with Newsweek.
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