I deeply apologize for not posting in such a long time. My wife and I moved to Korea to teach at an International School this last August. I am teaching middle school and acting as Tech Coach for the school. It’s been a blast, but I’ve also been rather busy. Nonetheless, I am ready to get back to business and blog again!
I am going to start with a fairly simple tool that my students have been using a lot this year. If you have Ipads available to you, or Macbooks this is right up your alley. My students have been creating trailers and films using iMovie.
After we completed our novel study on Where the Red Fern Grows, my students were assigned a project to create an iMovie trailer that highlights the key events from the book. The students absolutely loved it. I first showed them the trailer options from iMovie. We talked about each of the genres available. The students were then allowed to choose which ever genre they wanted for the trailer. Some students turned Where the Red Fern Grows into horror, others into adventure, and even some into a romance. Then my 6th graders created paper templates of the templates available for that trailer in iMovie. They wrote down the phrases they were going to include and where there shots were going to take place.
Then we filmed.
I have now posted all of their films on my class website – because it is easy to upload the films from iMovie to youtube. On youtube I changed the privacy settings so you have to have the link to see the students’ videos. They love it!
Here is an example. – the commercial is student made.
This commercial was made using Minecraft.
I have recently been exploring a website called Digital Vaults. Digital Vaults is a website created by the National Archives – a government organization. The website is full of very informative artifacts related to American history. There are teacher lesson plans and units available, as well as loads of records including: primary documents, photos and films – all pertaining to our nation’s history. The website would be great for researching anything related to American history. The website does offer easy help to how to research on the website: just look at this page to get started.
In addition to being our Naitonal Archives, the website also offers something very unique. It allows for students to use information from the website to create a poster full of images and records, or a short film. Students can apply there findings to a presentation form right there!
So – make sure you take a look at this website. It is an excellent tool when studying American history and allows for creative presentations.