Where were we in 2010?
I have used video to embed in my class blog in a low key way so far. We have a Canon digital camera per class for photo taking and video clips. It works well and as a low budget option it is very good. I might take clips of an event and choose clips to put together using Windows Moviemaker. This works reasonably well, and a title, text and music is able to be added. This year I have bought another low budget Canon digital camera as now students are beginning to include the idea of some simple video making into their reportoire. Here is one example of what some of them did in December.
I have used Photostory to put photos, voice and music together to make a simple video. Many of my students used Photostory in 2010 to make book trailers. These worked really well. However getting round some roadblocks slows down the process. We do have a small room the students can use for recording, which is helpful, but using one computer and one mic it takes awhile to process through a class with 30 students. I still believe it was worthwhile and will do it again. Photostory is a great free piece of software.
Occasionally I embed video that we have not made but is worth embedding. Last year I found an excellent video made at School Tube on using Glogster. This had been made by another teacher, and was perfect for the purpose. We watched it together, then students could go back to it as needed. I have also embedded a video on cardmaking by a teacher in Greece, from You Tube. We then made some similar cards, organised an animoto with them and alerted her to come and share our success.
So what of 2011?
This year it is my main goal to make and embed a variety of video. Firstly I want to make some video myself to share with parents some of the changes in learning since they were at school. I have a Canon DSLR that I want to use for this, I just need to learn how to use it properly first! I also intend using some software that gives me a lot more choice in editing. At this point in time I am veering towards Vegas Movie Studio.
I also want to include the students in helping me to do this. Firstly I will include them in sharing Maths learning with parents. If anyone has seen Mr. Salsich's videos, these are the ones I hold up to myself as a model. I want the students to prepare these, getting them thought out first, writing scripts and then shooting and editing them. I am really looking forward to trying it.
That's my starting point! Who knows where we will end up?
Please fill out the survey. I am very interested. Also any hints that you have, I would be very interested to hear.