Until recently, I had only heard of Jaycut, but now I can say without hesitation that it is a truly impressive online tool. It rivals--possibly even triumphs over--Movie Maker. It's very easy to use, and sidesteps most of the problems that my students have with Movie Maker by hosting the videos online. Typically, my students' biggest problem is remembering to save their pictures and audio files in the right location so that they can access them later. For example, if students upload images directly from a flash drive, the images will be replaced by red X's the moment that the flash drive is removed. This alone had cost several of my students hours of work. With Jaycut, on the other hand, this isn't an issue. I also love that I can access my video project from any computer connected to the internet, and Jaycut even generates embed code for me, so I can put videos on my webpage without having to upload to Youtube first.
Jessica Pilgreen is a high school English teacher, a Doctoral student at University of Missouri St. Louis, and a technology enthusiast. The main purpose of this blog is to help her keep track of all of the fabulous tools out there that she has encountered, but if she can help a few others along the way, that's good, too.