Click: Focusing on the Digital Age

Resources from Session!

Goal and Purpose of the session

  • To get away from lecturing 100% or the time or to alleviate children sitting idle, which many of us grew up with.

  • To meet the needs of the students which accommodate learning for all.

  • To engage the children in productive hands on experiences.

Vermilion Parish Digital Photo/Video Help Site @


Digital Photo Links

How can it help?

  • Example: Have the students take photos of an experiment. (Water cycle) Have the take pictures when you pour the water. Take another picture when it evaporates. Take pictures of the clouds. Have the students label the process. You can do this with powerpoint or with one of the programs we just talked about.


  • How can making videos help with the curriculum?

  • What should I film?

  • Where do I get ideas or lessons?

  • Where do I get help for more digital needs?

  • What kind of camera do I need?

  • What do I do after I have the film clips?

  • How much work is it?

  • Are the students really engaged?

  • Who films the segments?

  • If I post it, what should I do?

How can making videos help with the curriculum?

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.

  • Lori Porter, now has a sheet she hands out for the entire lesson. That is given at the
    beginning and she states her expectations.

What should I film?

  • I would recommend you do something small first, then allow students to video.

  • Film reports, hellos, interviews, weather casts, songs, chants, etc.

Where do I get ideas, lessons or see actual videos?

How much work is it?

  • It doesn’t 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.

  • Just like any lesson plan, the more you put in it however the better the results will be.

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.

Are the students really engaged?

  •  If you 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.

Who films the segments?

  • Anyone you are comfortable with filming. It can be you or the students.  I have seen children as young as Kindergarten filming their own clips. 

What do I do after I have the film clips?

  • You can watch it from the camera.

  • You can download it on your desktop.

  • If the children can be online, you can upload them on your website and embed the file.

If I post it, what should I do?

How to I convert video files?

  • 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.

  • With WIndows 7 Movie Maker Live, there is no need to convert. It takes most video files.

The reason?

  • If you want to “edit” in Windows Movie Maker, you may have to convert the file from an MP4 to a .wmv.

Music Links (With limitations) These should be approved by your district before adding music even though they are within the site.

  • Pre-created sites/programs with music within them.

    • Sites like One True Media, Animoto , Masher have music within the site, however when posting online, read the fine print.

    • Flip Camera Program also have free music within the site.

    • Free classroom music, but NOT online: Great site @ @ (Can’t post online however) Classroom use only.

Sites you can use online for free but you need to credit them.

Video doesn't show online?

If you trying to view mp4 files directly from the Flip Camera, you may want to install Quick Time.

Real Player

Stacy Bodin
Vermilion Parish Schools

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