With the Virginia Trekkers
Make Meaningful Media
Why make videos in the classroom?
How often do you watch YouTube videos? Take this poll
What about the rest of the world? Look at these stats!
What's the #1 video on YouTube? Don't click here or you'll interrupt the whole presentation
Alright, so videos are cool and all, and kids really like them, but do they learn from videos???
Let's try an experiment!
- What do you know about fracking? Take this quiz
- Now watch this (or try this) actually, don't because we're going to show you the video, but I wanted to show you some other ways to show YouTube videos in a simple clean player.
- Now let's see what you learned! Click here and log in as a student in room #59635
So students can learn from videos, and they learn even more if they make their own. Making videos not only motivates students with different learning styles and abilities, but it encourages review. How?
- Students all over the world are making educational videos The Sylvia Show, The Scoop on Poop, The Buena Vista Trekkers.
- I taught a summer school class all about movie-making.
- The Trekkers have an annual video contest (go ahead and enter!)
- You can see many more examples if you search my blog for videos.
Step 1: Planning Your Video
- There are several sites for brainstorming and outlining: Bubbl.us, StoryMap, MindMap.
- You also want your students to collaborate: GoogleDocs, Clunic, Cosketch, illimitably, Stypi (by the way, try this Clunic).
- To help students with research you could collect all the sites into one spot using: Briefly, BundleNut, or 3x3Links. (you can see some samples here, here, and here).
- Make sure students know the final goal by making a rubric or set of guidelines.
Step 2: Creating Your Video
- Most computers and tablets have apps for making movies: iMovie, PhotoBooth, MovieMaker
- Some other apps have movie-making capabilities like Keynote and GoogleEarth
- There are websites for creating animations: ZimmerTwins, Xtranormal, GoAnimate, SketchStar, Flipbook, Kerpoof, SitePal, Voki, Blabberize, and ABCYa
- Some websites let you create special effects using the webcam: FotoFriend, Cameroid, WebcamToy (and some sites let you change your voice like CroakIt)
- There are even sites that are online movie editors: WeVideo, Loopster
- Students can easily record what is happening on their screen with Screencast-O-Matic or Screenr
Step 3: Sharing & Publishing Your Video
- Your students can get their files to you using file sharing services like DropBox, DropItToMe, JustBeamIt, JumpShare, PasteLink, Gett, SendUIt, DropCanvas (there are LOTS!)
- Your students can publish their videos on a blog or wiki, or they can easily create their own on one of these sites: CheckThis, Instablog, PageORama, PageFin, DinkyPage, Weebly, Beeclip, or Tackk (and you can make cool timelines with Dipity)
- There are other alternatives to YouTube, like Vimeo or SchoolTube.
- Once students have published their videos be sure to encourage comments and reflection.
Now It's Your Turn!
We want you to create a quick video telling how to do something. You can use any of the sites above. You can work in a group or work by yourself. When you are finished, put the link or file in my Dropbox (I'll give you the password) then I can direct link to it by putting it in my Public folder, or I can quickly drop it onto an online sharing site like our VSTE DropMark (and I want to share another cool site for quickly sharing pictures: CoMemories). You only have about 10 minutes and we'll time you using an online stopwatch like this or this. I might even grade you with my online gradebook using my online rubric!
- How to tie a tie
- How to put on make up
- How to do the "Gangam Style" dance
- Whatever you want!