The topic of creating videos has been discussed in our group. Last week we parted ways encouraging each other to experiment with video-making sites that are accessible to students. For myself, I want students to create short videos showcasing their understanding of a character or major theme from the novel. In the past, I used Animoto; however, it ended up being a 3-4 day project for a video that is only 45 seconds in length. The amount of time used in the classroom just didn’t justify the end product, BUT students enjoyed the activity and loved presenting their videos.
I just recently discovered Magisto–it creates short videos for a user by simply uploading a minimum of 5 photos. I tried this out, and in 20 minutes, I almost like what I put together. We are currently reading The Great Gatsby, so I decided to use the character of Daisy. I wanted to show how smart she is, but she ultimately is stuck, so I end up hating her because of her later decisions/actions. Here is what I produced in my really short time: http://http://www.magisto.com/embed/OgMbNEUGEWhvUw5iCzE?l=vem&o=w&c=b
Please share your own ideas! -Angela