Teach With video is a blog to help teachers integrate digital video projects in the classes they teach. The podcast provides tips for classroom management, unit and lesson design, and various resources to help teachers guide students toward the successful creation of curriculum-based videos.
Today I had the opportunity to try out iStopMotion ($9.99). This is by far the best app I have seen for creating stop motion movies. It is very intuitive and easy to use. I think that most people would be able to teach themselves quite easily. The one feature that makes this app worth the money is the onion skinning of the last photo taken. This semi-transparent view of the previous image allows the user to precisely place the objects being animated in respect to their previous position. (see below)
I’m looking forward to using this app with students. Below is the animation I created today.
This week I discovered a great tool for filming & then posting directly to YouTube. The free iOS app YouTube Capture allows you to film in the app and then post your footage directly to YouTube. This is is very easy to use. I created a step by step handout for first time users (below).
Below are examples of the movies students created as a part of the “Art as social action” unit. Some students focused more on the artistic process, while other more on the issue. More movies from this unit.
This is my third entry about the movie project Sara Arno is undertaking in her class, with my support. To see all of the blog entries for this project, select the Arno Art Project category.
The students have researched social issues and have each chosen one. The issues are teenage pregnancy, school violence, multicultural society, drug & alcohol abuse, animal rights, illegal immigration, feminism, sexism, and human trafficking. They have begun sketching ideas for the work of art they will produce.
I have been working with some 5th grade classes making movies using the iPads. Some of the students were creating trailers for books they have read. I created the storyboards below to help them plan their movies.
This is my second entry about the movie project Sara Arno is undertaking in her class, with my support. To see all of the blog entries for this project, select the Arno Art Project category.
We have spent some time in class discussion about art and social activism, and one of the conversations I found most interesting was when we were developing the rubric as a class. Some big questions were, “Is the artwork the main part of the project or is the movie? Which is more important? Is the movie art?” And of course, “What are we getting points for?” We didn’t really have concrete answers for any of this, other than each student will have to decide, based on the rubric criteria, where s/he will focus his/her efforts. Some of the discussion was based on the movie below. The students all agreed that the movie was art, and the artistic techniques used were good, but nothing spectacular.
Filming tip: Film where there is no background noise. This will help to keep the actors voices easily heard. Hearing a truck drive by when Abraham Lincoln is giving his inaugural address just doesn’t seem right.