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.
We are fortunate right now to have a couple of pretty magical peripherals on loan to us from our friends at Oakland Schools. The OSMO is something like nothing else. Watch the video below for the best explanation of what it is. The boys and girls in Mrs. Noeker's Kindergarten class was working on shapes and building with pattern blocks. It was perfect opportunity to pull some small groups to work with the OSMO's tangrams app. The kids worked together really well and built interesting shapes of varying challenges.
The OSMO also offers some unique was to practice words in a way that is engaging and fun. There is also a really neat gravity game called Newton. Newton also has some built in sound learning, as well, with different pitches being made by lines of different lengths. The OSMO bridges the digital and real world in a truly unique way for kids, and provides some really engaging learning.
Instructional Technology Coach