Using Vine to get across disaster preparedness and safety

For those of you who don't know or are unsure what it is 'Vine' is an App that can be downloaded and used on iOS or Android smartphones. Vine is a mobile service that lets you create and share short looping videos. Videos you post to Vine will appear on your Vine profile and the timelines of your Vine followers. Posts can also be shared to Twitter or Facebook. You sign up for an account (I used my twitter account as it is connected then for letting our 3000 follows know what I have uploaded) and there you go! A short six second video to get your point across. 

I am using the Silly Timmy comics as a way of adding a further dimension to an otherwise flat medium. Whereas the initial comics can be read at a slow pace, allowing the reader and the comic to exist in their own timeline and therefore processing space, six seconds require quick readers! Therefore it is actually aimed at older students and young adults. Which is where the sound effects come in! There are easy ways to use sounds that are free on the internet and as some of the sounds are created by me (you will have to see the clips I am including below!) to create quite a good comic effect!

For now, please enjoy and if you or your organisation start using them, please let me know through the app or through twitter. You can find edu4drr on Vine by searching edu4drr (I like to keep it simple, like disaster preparedness itself!)

Instructions:

 To play videos below:

  1. Click on the button top right of the video (it shows it as muted).
  2. Click again to start the video.
  3. Click again to stop if it is looping (it is designed to loop)

Silly Timmy and the dangers of NOT washing hands!

 

Silly Timmy tries to film a tornado...VERY silly! 

Silly Timmy and the earthquake! (This is my favourite!) 

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Comment by Justin Sharpe on August 23, 2013 at 9:23

This technology might be underused by us as educators, but many of your students with smartphones (it runs on iOS and Android devices) will be using it! It is therefore a great way of engaging with older children and young adults and may also help you to engage parts of the community who think 'stuff about disasters is boring...'

I have already picked up followers and likes from other Vine user, who if you look at their vids, are all about having fun, being silly and not taking life too seriously...so what a great way to engage them!

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