Today we look at the use of video for crafting presentations and podcasts. We discuss how the opportunity to rehearse, retake, and edit the material for video can give students confidence that they might be lacking during an in-class presentation.
The discussion also includes some of the perceived barriers that teachers may have when considering the use of video in the classroom. The excellent quality of video produced by point-and-shoot cameras, cell phones, and portable music devices give teachers a wide variety of choices when selecting a camera. Also, the built in video editors found in Windows or Macintosh computer operating systems are more than adequate to edit classroom video. The creation of video for the classroom has become inexpensive and trivial to produce, while remaining a fun activity that students enjoy.
We conclude this episode with a demonstration video showing a procedure for the creation of an origami whale. The video was shot using a cell phone camera, the video was transferred to a laptop using dropbox, it was edited using iMovie, and finally uploaded to YouTube. The student that stars in the video is a grade 4 boy who had recently discovered origami and wanted to share his new skills. The entire process, including two rehearsals, took 40 minutes to complete and the student was very proud of his achievement.
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