Showing posts with label Movie Creation. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Movie Creation. Show all posts

Friday, December 11, 2015

A Great Example of a Student Video Made With ChatterPix

Today, during a workshop in Kansas I showed some videos from Next Vista for Learning. One of those videos, titled A Healthy Meal, provides a great example of using ChatterPix to create talking images to use in a video. As you can see in the video below, the students used ChatterPix to create talking vegetables and other foods. Those clips were then put together in a video editor (I can't tell for certain, but I'll guess that they were assembled in iMovie or WeVideo). Watch the video below. It just might be the cutest academic video you'll watch this year.

More about ChatterPix
ChatterPix Kids is a free iPad app that students can use to turn pictures into talking pictures. To create a talking picture just snap a picture with your iPad or import a picture from your iPad’s camera roll. After taking the picture just draw in a face and tap the record button to make your picture talk. Your recording can be up to thirty seconds in length. Before publishing your talking picture you can add fun stickers, text, and frames to your picture. Finished Chatter Pix projects are saved to your camera roll and from there you can export it to a number of services including YouTube.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

JayCut to Add Drawing Tools & More Languages

I've been talking about JayCut quite a bit this year because I think that it is a great free alternative to iMovie and Movie Maker. In the next couple of weeks my special education students will be using it to edit Common Craft style videos. Recently, JayCut announced a couple of new features to be on the look-out for in the near future. JayCut will be introducing a drawing tool that will enable users to to draw on the images they upload to the editor. JayCut will also be introducing support for ten languages in addition to English.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Making Videos on the Web
How to Put a Video Editor on Your School's Website
How To Do 11 Techy Things In the New School Year

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Create Simple Animated Movies with Zimmer Twins

The Zimmer Twins is a neat site for introducing elementary school students to making simple animated video stories. On the Zimmer Twins site students can create a story from scratch or complete one of the "cliff hanger" story starters. Students do not need to have any drawing skills in order to create a story as all elements are added to the video through a simple drag and drop interface. Students select settings, characters, character actions, emotions, and text styles then drag those elements into the storyboard. Students then arrange those elements and type words into the conversation bubbles where appropriate.

Applications for Education
The Zimmer Twins provides teachers with some sample lesson plans for creating movies in elementary school classrooms and ELL/ESL classrooms. If you're students are having trouble starting a story from scratch, the Zimmer Twins "cliff hanger" story starters could help your students get started.

The Zimmer Twins is similar to Xtra Normal and Memoov which are included in my list of Six Easy Ways for Students to Create Videos Online.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Where I Live... Another Use for Animoto

I just had an idea for using Animoto in the classroom that I think anyone interested in globally connecting classrooms may have an interest in. For those of you unfamiliar with Animoto, it is a free program that mixes your images and music together to create music videos. You can read more about Animoto here or here.

Here's my idea; have students collect images of the community they live in and put them into an Animoto show. Students should select images that they believe best represents their community. Then connect with another school willing to share Animoto movies about their local community. Connecting to another school could be accomplished through a general inquiry on Twitter or through a service like ePals. This project could be particularly interesting if you can connect with a school that is a different climate or a different hemisphere than your school. If anyone has done this or think you may try it, please send me an email. I have four students that will be creating Animoto videos next week and putting them up on a blog. When they're done I'll post the link.

Here is a short Animoto video I made about the mountains near my home.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Free Technology For Teachers: Kerpoof, kids create and connect!

Kerpoof is a very exciting web application guaranteed to get elementary school students excited about school! Kerpoof lets kids create pictures, write stories, and make animated movies and then share their work with other students online. Kerpoof has a fantastic method for controlling who has access to a child's work through password protection. If someone wants to see a student's work they must get the password from the student's parent or teacher. Teachers or parents are the only people who can create sharing groups and only those invited into the group and given the password can share work with group members.

Applications for Educators
Kerpoof could be used to have students create animated storyboards or time lines.
When I heard about Kerpoof my first thought was, what a great way to have elementary students create projects and share them with students in other parts of the country or world. According to Kerpoof's press release they are currently developing the program in French, German, Spanish, and Russian.
Kerpoof has a great teacher resource page full of ideas about using Kerpoof in the classroom. Kerpoof's teacher resource page even has story pages you can print out for students if your students don't have access to computers in the classroom or if you would like to have students practice off-line before going online. Below I have embedded a demo video from Kerpoof.