Movie making used to be something reserved for those who had lots of equipment, vast technical skills, and plenty of time. Movie making was revolutionized by digital media, and the bar to entry has gotten lower with the availability of high quality cameras and movie editing software on our mobile devices. We live in a time now where everyone is making movies, including our kids!
One unique way teachers have been using movies to enhance learning is by having students publish their writing in a movie. The iPad serves students as a one stop shop for movie making. It allows kids to capture their illustrations with the camera, voice over the pictures with their author voices, and include music and sound effects to add depth. Suddenly a student's work goes from something static to something with a lot of polish. Students have a lot of fun publishing their writing this way, and it adds an element of reflection and revision as well. Kids often notice errors or make changes by listening to themselves reading their writing. This is an important part of writing craft and having students create a product that really stands out helps give them incentive to do their best work.
Instructional Technology Coach