Grade 11- Hamlet Project
In this project, students are asked to pick a scene from Shakespeare's play, Hamlet. After choosing a scene the students are required to use one of these five apps to create a new version of the scene which serves as an adaptation. After creating the new version scene, students will write a 200 word paragraph reflecting on how this creation helped them envision the scene in a new and inspiring way.
The 5 Apps
Animation Creator HD Lite: This app is meant for iPads and it takes advantage of an iPad's simple touch features to help users create an animation. With only using your finger tip, you can draw whatever your creativity allows you to sketch! Some of the great features in this app include: easily moving your image around, zooming in and out, drawing on pictures, and by simply shaking your iPad you can erase a mistake. Also, this app allows users to share their animation once their done drawing it. Another awesome aspect of this app is its price! It is only for $0.99! However, this app has two major cons: image doesn't rotate if user rotates the iPad, and it only allows 20 frames per second which might be very restrictive for longer scenes! Click here to watch a review video of the app.
How can it be used for Hamlet: Using this app, students can sketch the scene they chose and reproduce it in an animated form. This allows the students to dig deeper into the details of the scene and observe symbolic elements that they may have over-passed as they were reading the play. It also allows students to imagine how each character looks like and illustrate this imagination by sketching!
Toontastic: This app allows users to choose from a variety of cartoon characters and include these characters in a story video ! The user can move the characters around by simply using his/her finger and playing around with each character. These characters can be colored differently and their sizes can also be easily manipulated. In the video, the characters move according to the movements the user created. The video can also include an audio component of the user's voice telling the story out loud. After creating and finishing the story video, users can share their video with their teachers, friends or family! Click here to watch a demo of this app.
How to use it for Hamlet: Students who are not comfortable creating/drawing their characters from scratch can easily use Toontastic to create their own adaptation of the scene. Also, students may not agree to fully depend on the animated cartoons to tell their adaptation, thus, using this app they can add their voices and explain their own version of the story.
StoryKit: StoryKit enables students to create a book with a flexible range of pages and edit each page separately. On each page, the student can choose a picture from their device's camera roll and post it on the page alongside a paragraph or two to describe the events occurring in the story. Another helpful feature of this app is that it allows the student to record an audio transcript of the text or of any other audio detail they would like to add to their pages. Finally, students can share their StoryKit books by providing a link to their projects. Click here to watch a video on StoryKit.
How to use it for Hamlet: This app provides students who are not artistically comfortable to draw their own sketches with the alternative of using ready-made images. However, students must provide an MLA citation list of the websites used to download these images. This must be presented at the end of the book on a separate page titled: "Works list". Also, this app is really useful for students who would rather talk and explain their story out loud then typing it down. Students can choose to attach an audio clip for each page explaining the events rather than writing one or two paragraphs down.
Videolicious: This app allows students to record themselves (both visual and audio). This video can be split into categories by assigning each clip in the a video a certain image to describe the video. This image can also act as a cover to what you will be presenting the video. The app allows you to choose these pictures from your camera roll and you can choose multiple pictures at a time. Also, this app provides students with the choice of adding background music to their story video, and edit the quality of their video once it has been recorded. Finally, the app enables students to share their video on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or via email. Click here to watch a demo on how to make a presentation using Videolicious
How to use it for Hamlet: Videolicious is a great tool for students who don't want to rely completely on text or images to describe their stories. Students using videolicious can record an act of their chosen scene which should be performed by them or by their friends. Parts of this act can be assigned different images to serve as a title to what the scene is about. I think this is a very helpful tool for students interested in drama and who prefer to use their body language alongside their voices to tell their stories.
Posterous: This app provides students with the space to post a mosaic of pictures and videos. The student's post can include a description of why he or she chose these images and videos to represent a scene from Hamlet. They can also tag key words to their videos for other members to see. This app also allows students to include the locations of their videos, which can be very helpful if they are going to choose multiple adaptations from different places in the world. Click here to watch a video on how to use Posterous.
How to use it for Hamlet: Students who want to create an adaptation of a scene but without solely depending on either sketching, videotaping, or animation can use all three in this app! Also, students creating a post on Posterous can help inspire each other using the tag feature. This feature allows students to look for posts with key words that are interesting to them. Finally, if a group of students decide to use Posterous, they can create their own space and upload their posts on it.
Vine: Vine is an app that allows you to video tape yourself in short segments and then combines these segments into one video. The video is no longer than 30 seconds and the length of the segments in each video can be adjusted by the user. While video taping, your finger tip should be pressing against the screen. Once you release your finger it will mark a new segment. The app can be directly shared on twitter, email or Vine. Click here to what a Vine app review.
How to use it for Hamlet: If you are a drama student and you would love to act out your adapted scene then this is definitely your ultimate choice! If you decide on using Vine you will be required to upload one to two videos to play the scene. More than two videos will not be allowed, so you need to choose the important parts of the scene to highlight in your videos! Keep in mind the videos are no longer than 30 seconds! So be precise, accurate and creative!
Video Star: This app allows users to create their own music videos! The user chooses the a song and then video tapes themselves playing/acting/lip singing as the song plays. It also allows you to video tape segments and edit or delete each segment. Another awesome feature about this app is the effects. Users can change the color of their backgrounds and add effects such as shaking the image as they play their chosen song. Also, other interesting features such as editing your hands to make it seem as if it has a magic power, are all available on Video Star. This app will help you produce a professional music video of yourself! Click here to watch a tutorial on how to use Video Star.
How to use it for Hamlet: If you are a musical student and would love to share your favorite song with us then you should totally use Video Star! If you decide to use it, you must pick a song that can be modified to well suit the scene you chose from Hamlet. For example, if you choose Ophelia's flower madness scene then you can perhaps chose a song about flowers! Keep in mind that you will need to reflect on this music video, so make sure it is relevant. Also in the reflection you will need to talk about your acting part of the music video and how it serves as adaptation of the scene.