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5 editing apps for movies on your phone

15 best apps for editing movies:

the Top 5:


Magisto: Magisto is perfect for the beginner as it doesn’t require much video-editing skills to use. The app offers tools for you to do so, letting you alter and match the audio and video even after the movie is created. Caution: in app purchases (more storage, etc.)

Video Star: is perfect for the beginner as it doesn’t require much video-editing skills to use. The app offers tools for you to do so, letting you alter and match the audio and video even after the movie is created. Caution: in app purchases for additional effects.

Viva Video: VivaVideo comes with a videocam that lets you shoot in normal or widescreen, as well as a fast or slow-motion feature. Add in some filters and special effects and this is a great companion app to upload fantastic short videos to Instagram. If video is not your thing, you can also create photo slideshows using their photo movie maker.

Replay:VivaVideo comes with a videocam that lets you shoot in normal or widescreen, as well as a fast or slow-motion feature. Add in some filters and special effects and this is a great companion app to upload fantastic short videos to Instagram. If video is not your thing, you can also create photo slideshows using their photo movie maker. Caution: in app purchases for more effects.




Access Noodletools here.

Login using "the usual" Prep passwords, you Rebels!

CREATE your *personal account* using your Prep user name and password.


How to evaluate a website

How can you tell if a website is worthy of your time and energy?

Is it legitimate? Ironic? Biased? Accurate?

Here is a good summary of questions to ask yourself:

Evaluating Web Pages:
Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask
UC Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops

Local Libraries

Art Center  - James Lemont Fogg Library

   -need parent/guardian to go with
   -photocopy from books -buy copy card
   -print from databases -buy copy card
   -check hours!
Pasadena City College Shatford Library
   -check out books
    (bring your PREP ID & $ for parking)
   -search online catalog first.
   By name, or time period.
Glendale Public Library
Pasadena Public Library
Arcadia Public Library
   -surprisingly large collection 
   -check out books
    (bring California ID for library card)
Los Angeles Public Library
   -excellent source for biography materials
    and historical context
   -downtown branch: use buddy system
   -bring ID to get library card
   + $ for parking
   -databases: great lives from history
   & biography in context
    (need LAPL card to access)
Altadena Library
   -good selection
County of Los Angeles Library
   -limit search to La Cañada and/or
    La Crescenta for local books
   (use pulldown tab next to "Library")
   California State University Los Angeles
   -may have resources
   -no borrowing books, or using databases though.
   -bring $ for parking and photocopying.

Sample Website Designs: Libraries

Denver Public Library (ok, not so local)
San Francisco Public Library
FIDM - Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Rapid Fire Search Strategies

Google Advanced Search (type: Google Advanced Search - into Google)

-"last update" = how recent the article is

-"site or domain" = find government docs, or college/school/university sites

Google scholar: Find decent quality articles.

-best listed first

-watch dates for currency OR - use date limiters at left side bar

Amazon: search inside

try your keywords

WorldCat: find it at a local library

Best use: exact title (not good for browsing like Amazon is UNLESS you use Advanced Search)

-shortcut: "instant" book citation: copy and paste World Cat's citation from a book that you are using as a source into Noodletools (use the Quick cite link) Calling your local library:

Using online library catalogs:

ask for a "shelf check" (to see if book exists for real on the shelves)

and ask if the reference librarian will "hold" the book until you come in.

Then, honor the process: show up and check out the book, or photocopy.



=eliminates unwanted words commonly associated with your keyword

eg. World War II NOT hitler

Pasadena NOT texas

"peanut butter" Quotations

keeps words together that otherwise would return billions of unwanted results


Somebody has already done your search.....

Think like the indexer.

- Use their indexing terms

-use their "related searches"

- use their subject names

Read your article with "mining for keywords" in mind.

- keep a list

-write questions in margins

Use Drop-down menu for "about-ness" to insure keyword is represented in a prominant way

Is my topic too narrow? Check out topic in PCC Shatford there at least one book?

Use other libraries (Shatford, Art Center, Local public library) check their online catalog 

eg. plagiarism in Shatford Library (shows the facets and research possibilities through titles)

Ask a really great librarian a research question, then watch what they do ......

(LAPL Teen Reference Librarian tip: type the title you'd like to see - in the ideal world - into the textbox then see what comes up)

More useful stuff:

I need......

see Debbie Abilock's posting here.

Whose the expert here, anyway?

Who is.....

find out who is really behind that website.

"Google their name" AND one keyword

eg. "tom mccarthy" AND jewelry

Visit their webpage and university 

topics for Aztecs

Ball game thingy

Empire formed by conquest


Prophecy and Creation Story

Power Distribution

Tenochtitlan- capital

Messenger System (Communication)

Indigenous Language


Importance of war within the culture


14-16th century

Judicial system

Fall of the empire- Cortéz

Medical System



What do you know already?

Who were the Aztecs?

Where did they live? When did they live?

What are they known for? Why should we study them?

What facts are in agreement? What information is contested?

What big groups does information sort itself into?

What am I interested in?

How can I tell if there will be enough information?

What is a good source for more information?

What is a primary source?


    Questions and Puzzles

    Questions, puzzles and stories

    Questions to jump start the research process:



    What do you know?

    What do you need to know?


    What questions do you have after reading?

    - Why did that do that?

    -Why did that happen?


    What did you observe?

    -Who has the power, and how do they maintain power?

    -What is valued – enough to fight over?

    -What was scarce?

    -What part does geography play?

    -What part does religion play?

    -Where are the conflicts (power, resources, religion)

    -What resources were effectively tapped? (lakes, rivers, oceans, minerals, good soil)


    What was used as evidence of the facts/opinions?

    -artifacts (art: pottery, utensils, murals)

    -writings (also who wrote? The victor? The powerful? Insiders or outsiders?)

    -other expert’s writings? (who is an expert in your source?  Can you verify?)


    What do you know about the economics?

    -how did the society keep itself going?

    --did they trade?

    --did the make something of value? (tools, pottery, food)

    -Who worked? (worked: exchange of action for reward)

    --how was their work valued? (did they get perks being a good warrior?)

    --who worked least and gained the most?

    --who worked against their will?

    -How was the economy?

    --buckets of gold or starving people?

    ---who ended up with the money? (everybody equally or…..)

    -Were there taxes?

    -What do you know about the legal system? How did this affect lives of the richest? The poorest?



      The Big 3

      1. The Name (if person, alternate spellings)

      2. Date the person lived, or event happened. or time period you are choosing to explore. Time period might also had another name list that also (such as middle ages, or Renaissance)

      3. Where the event happened, where the person was born -or- did significant work.


      Google Advanced Tips

      Google Power


      Google Gear2. Type your person's name into the "this exact word or phrase" box

      Google Advanced textbox

      3. limit search by .edu and your person's name in title of website:


      4.not all .edu sites are "good" or "useful" - be sure to verify the college. Beware of using sites that look good, but are actually the 6th Grade Social Studies' project on Princess Diana and her good deeds.

      Break it Down

      Critical questions to ask of texts include: construction of characters; gaps and silences; power and interest; whose view: whose reality?; and questioning the composer.


      Breaking down plagiarism:

      Who cares?

      Who does plagiarism affect?

      Who gains from plagiarism?

      Who loses?

      Is it morally wrong or just through laws and regulations and policies?

      How many perspectives are there? (teacher, student, administrator, publisher.......)

      In the publishing industry

      Book Speed Dating

      What type of material is this? (book, database, magazine, journal)

      Reference or regular?

      How is the information organized:




      -comparison (first one side's position, then the other side's position)

      What do you expect to find inside? Make an assumption here, you can change it later...

      Is there an index? How much detail?

      Table of Contents? Does this tell you anything about the focus of the material? 

      Who wrote it?

      Do you expect to find bias? (and how do you determine this?)

      Book dowsing: Open the book to a random page:

      What is the point of the material? (or chapter or page)

      WHEN in the research process would this material be useful?

      Pre-research (determining how much and what kind of material is "out there" for a topic, and gathering keywords)

      Topic discovery (finding out what aspects of a topic interest you, eg. The plague. But more specifically: Ineffective medical treatments during the Plague.)

      Backgrounding: What was the time period like, what other issues, what IS the topic - what does it mean: historically, economically, socially, philosophy, etc.

      Specific support for thesis argument: Can I get evidence from this source that supports where my thinking is?

      Write a one sentence question (that could morph into a thesis later) about the content of the resource.


      Is it Plagiarism/Copyright infringement?

      Plagiarizing, stealing, taking, copyright infringement..... where's the line? How about this:

      Jeff Koons and the puppies

      Art Rogers v. Jeff Koons

      Or this......

      Richard Prince v. Patrick Cariou

      Or even this....

      original hope poster

      hope progresssion

      The Obama Hope poster

      What about these cartoons?

      "The Copy"

      cartoon copy

      and "The Original"

      the original

      Is there enough difference between the setting and the wording?

      see other cartoons by Stalher:

      "Coincidince or Plagiarism?"




      Henri Enui



      Day 4:

      Day 3: get  your teaching project ready

      Day 2:

      decide what part of Aztecs you would like to focus on

      find 3 articles: annotate and highlight for quotes.

      email or text an update on your project

      Day 1:

      Create a keywords page in your journal

      Create a diagram or list of topics for the subject of Aztecs.

      Complete the project proposal form.

      Look over the Questions and Puzzles handout (also online - here):

      be prepared to share your findings tomorrow, along with how you found things.



      daily class schedule


      Create a class mind map.

      compare keywords

      focus in on interests.

      evaluate Project Proposal


      Class structure: homework, quizzes (always open note), project, participation.

      Bullet Journal:

      Fast tour of library

      Databases and books

      Project Proposal

      1. If you had $1,000, what would you do?

      2. If you could have dinner with anyone (living or passed), who would it be?

      3. What is something we should know about you?

      for both: what do you really, really, really dislike about research?




      How to Annotate an Article

      Most important things to annotate:

      1. thesis. Underline it. If it is not stated explicity, write your own interpretation in the margin of the text.

      2. What is evidence for the thesis, and what is interpretation of data.

      3. what you might want to use as quoted material for the future.

      Need more tips for annotating?

      Favorite Internet Research Sites

      Fordham U.: This is an old, old site - no longer updated. But, may have good information. 2 ways to search: by exact title and advanced search.

      Google Scholar: a better way to search JSTOR, and links to other articles. (Never pay for an aritcle!)

      Purdue OWL: MLA and plagiarism.


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