How can making videos help with the
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.
What should I film?
would recommend you do something small first, then allow
students to video. Film reports, hellos, interviews, weather
casts, songs, chants, etc.
What kind of camera
do I need?
- The beauty of the
digital age is the many forms of cameras. Flips, cameras for
macs, digital video cameras, still cameras with digital video
features, phones, etc.
plus-cheaper cameras available.
- Digital Wish
has 2 for one camera prices. We were able to get 6 cameras with
a 2 to 1 sale.
- You could show
- The cost is
- Set up a campaign
for your classroom.
- Write a class
letter and collect donations. With permission from leaders
How much work is it?
have to be large projects. Start small. It can be reading
reports, singing a special song with a message, saying “hello”
to someone sick, soldiers, etc.
Are the students really engaged?
monitor the students and lessons, YES! Have clear expectations
set up BEFORE you begin. State the goal for them to know what is
expected. Monitor groups or individually closely.
What do I do after I have the film clips?
watch it from the camera.
download it on your desktop.
the children can be online, you can upload them on your website
and embed the file.
Who films the segments?
you are comfortable with filming. It can be you or the
students. I have seen children as young as Kindergarten filming
their own clips.
If I post
it, what should I do?
– I am basically NOT a fan of YouTube in the classroom due to the
How to trim videos while still in the Flip
Camera Video mode?
How to I convert video files?
media if you need to edit with Movie Maker.
One site I
really use is
Hamster Video Converter. *Directions to Hamster
file type. Flip cameras have MP4 files. You can have .avi, .wmv,
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
Clips do not play
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)
as well as
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
sites/programs with music within them.
Sites like One True Media, Animoto , Masher have music within
Program also have free music within the site.
(Can’t post online however) Classroom use
can use online but you need to credit them.
How do I do all of this and remain sane?
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.
– Lori Porter, now has a sheet she hands out for the entire
lesson. That is given at the beginning and she states her
Project Based Learning