mysimpleshow: More than Just a Simple Digital Show

Wouldn’t it be great to have an online tool to help you explain key concepts and educational ideas to students and peer educators? Have you seen mysimpleshow? Have you tried it out? Because that is exactly what mysimpleshow does. Mysimpleshow, a 2017 AASL Best Website for Teaching & Learning, is an educational video creation tool that focuses on explainer videos. If you need to focus on learning or teaching resources, educational ideas, or instructional materials mysimpleshow has you covered. This tool makes learning fun. It’s a great tool for students to use with projects. It works well with your library websites and educational videos.

Using mysimpleshow is easy. Sign in, create a script, and the program chooses images and illustrations to explain your script or idea. Then as the creator, you can choose a voice to narrate your video or you can choose to do the voiceover yourself. Captions are also available for accessibility purposes. So simple!

This is a great tool for digital storytelling, short videos, and class/library explanations. The core intelligence of mysimpleshow is the Explainer Engine, which takes you step by step through the creation process. It is a DIY tool with thousands of illustrations to help visualize your story, with the option of uploading your own images of choice.

Mysimpleshow also focuses on student learning. They offer an excellent blog with a wealth of ideas. Students can develop a heightened sense of cognitive association in regards to matching text and context with images on the screen. With sites like mysimpleshow users can remember information better using video as the brain processes visual information 60,000 times faster than text. Writing the video script on mysimpleshow enhances writing skills, as students need to use transition phrases and must only include the most relevant information to align with the storyline template’s character limits.

Below is a video on how to use mysimpleshow, it’s a great tool, easy to use and a lot of fun. I highly recommend it for short videos. Great for a project output where students explain their research or creative work. This is also useful to explain skills like information or digital literacy. You are only limited by imagination. A great and user-friendly tool, I hope you give mysimpleshow a try.

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Author: Heather Moorefield-Lang

Heather Moorefield-Lang is an associate professor at The University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. To see more of Heather’s work visit her website at www.techfifteen.com, email her at moorefield-lang@sc.edu, or follow her on Twitter @actinginthelib.



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