How can making videos help with the curriculum?


"Creating videos that tie into curriculum topics can engage the students in an effective way. Put the project in their

hands to give them responsibility."  ~Stacy Bodin~


I. Professional Development Articles (Filming, editing, lessons)

II. Helpful Resource Links

III.. What should I film?

III. What can I use to post videos?

IV Clips do not play online after posted. Why?

  • For Windows Media File Clips: Video doesn't show in the center box? Read this information. NOTE: Best viewed with Internet Explorer. If you have Safari, Firefox and other browsers, the clip may NOT play. It may take a few seconds to load. If nothing shows below the title, you may not have the correct browser to view this OR you need to update some of your media resources. You can trying installing (or updating) flash player, as well as shockwave player. You may also need to install or update Windows Media Player. Then reboot your computer. If the video, still doesn't show, you will to open it with Internet Explorer browser. You can "mute" the sound on the player.
    If you trying to view mp4 files (directly from the Flip Camera, you may want to install Quick Time and Real Player.

V. Music Links for student editing.

VI. How to I convert video files if needed?

Converting media if you need to edit with Movie Maker.
One site I really use is Hamster Video Converter.
Know your file type. Flip cameras have MP4 files. You can have .avi, .wmv, etc.
The reason?
If you want to “edit” in Windows Movie Maker, you may have to convert the file from an MP4 to a .wmv.
Another converter link is Koyote Soft.

VII. How do I do all of this and remain sane?

Management is the key.
– Start slow. Be prepared with materials before class begins. Have resources in place.
– Have a routine that students can understand.
– Before I began any lesson, I explained what our goal was and how we would pace ourselves.

Project Based Learning: Differentiated Learning (Many links)

What is project-based learning? (From the Literacy Assistance Center) Project-based learning (PBL) is an approach to instruction that focuses on problem-solving and/or product development. Learners generally work collaboratively in groups to solve a problem, accomplish a task, or both. PBL helps students see how the skills and content they learn in the classroom can apply to real-life.




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