Mozilla Popcorn Maker

Popcorn Maker allows you to easily create free videos for your classroom.

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Rubric for Mozilla Popcorn Maker
Pre-Production and Production
Appropriate Concept and Video Use Not all concepts or instructional problems can be taught or solved with a video. The concept you choose should be one that will utilize the medium of video well, and will enhance the learning. Typically this means a concept difficult to teach or portray without video. Video is a visual medium; use it! Don’t just film a lecture, show us! Your video should add something to a person’s learning that would not be possible or easily done without a video.
Digital Images At least one digital image (a still image) must be used in the project. This can be a photo you took yourself, or one you find on the web.
Video Find and upload a video of your choice. In order to use your own video, you need to upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo first and then use the URL feature of Popcorn as it’s interface does not have the capability to upload an original video. Make sure to abide by all copyright laws and guidelines.
Additional Media In addition to the video you selected in the step above you should select one other form of media to include in your project, such as audio from SoundCloud.
Post-Production/Adding “Events”
Add Text After adding a couple of layers above your original media, add text on top of your video somewhere that enhances or exaggerates a point you’d like to emphasize.
Add a Pop-up Add a popup that asks a question or statement that would cause students to ponder something coming up in the video, or something else to enhance the students learning.
Add a Google Map Choose and insert a Google Map somewhere in your film. If your chosen film does not need a map, enter one at the end to fulfill this requirement.
Add an Image Add an image to a part of your video. Doing so will help bring your instructional video to life. Perhaps a person in the video references something and you add the picture so the student can better understand exactly what it is they are talking about.
Loop a Clip of Your Film Loop a part of your film. Using this event to loop your entire film is not an option. Simply looping a few seconds of a clip will suffice.
Skip a Piece of Your Film One part of your video should be skipped. Popcorn allows you to insert an event that skips the portion you designate to be skipped (e.g. irrelevant information, inappropriate language, etc.)
Pause a Part of Your Film The video should include a part that pauses (e.g. for discussion, etc.)
Add a Wikipedia Summary to Your Film Include an event using the Wikipedia feature.
Professional Look and Feel
Audio Levels Audio levels of the video, popup noises, and other sound are at appropriate levels, so important narration and dialogue can easily be heard, and extraneous sounds do not conflict with the main message.
Interesting and Engaging to View While a video may be very informative, if it is not done in an interesting or engaging manner, the audience may have a difficult time paying attention. Lots of factors influence a video’s ability to be interesting or engaging, such as the background music, the narration, and titles you use, as well as the topic of the video. However, even seemingly boring topics can be the subject of great videos. Often the answer is not what is delivered, but how it is delivered. Using fun or interesting analogies, people with vibrant personalities, or examples that build on viewers’ previous experiences can increase the engagement level of your video. Pacing can also affect a video’s ability to be interesting. Don’t make shots longer than they have to be. If a particularly uninteresting thing needs to be shown in full, trying filming it from different angles and at different distances (close up, wide shot, etc.) and switch between these different shots. The movement will make the video visually interesting to watch even if the same, seemingly boring thing is being shown.
Cuts Cuts, pauses, skips, and loops from one clip to another should be smooth and not distract the audience. Avoid cuts that feel abrupt or are too soon or too late on either side of the clip used.
Add Credits Provide credits both by including them as a text event at the end of your video as well as a description when you post the video.
Submit Work
Portfolio Create a sub-page under your website portfolio page and label it “Popcorn.” Embed your video to this page from “Project Link” inside of the Popcorn workspace.
Submit Send a link to this page to your instructor via Canvas. If you are not currently enrolled in a course, send your project to

Note: Mozilla Popcorn Maker also has a useful feature for including 3D Models. You can create a account and use one of the previously generated 3D models in your film. Once the 3D model is in your video, you can pause it (or not) and click and rotate your model around to show. Right now, Sketchfab has limited 3D models, but will continue to grow, so explore and search to find a 3D model relevant to your subject.

Rubric for Mozilla Popcorn Maker Planning Badge
Technology You must have previously earned the Mozilla Popcorn Maker Technology Badge.
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Rubric for Mozilla Popcorn Integration Badge
Technology You must have previously earned the Mozilla Popcorn Technology Badge.
Planning You must have previously earned the Mozilla Popcorn Planning Badge.
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