Creating Movies With Your Students

"Here's looking at you, Kid" - Presentation From BSD Future Ready Summit

Getting students started creating videos can seem like a daunting task. There isn't enough time in the day to get your regular subjects done, how are you supposed to give students time to create videos? I am here to tell you it can be done. I hope that this post/presentation will provide what you need to get started. 

Students can create videos on a variety within the context of what they are learning right now. Video story problem for math, a how to science experiment, or a book trailer that covers important story traits are all good ideas. Here is a list of apps, PDF Templates, and equipment that can be helpful when creating movies. 

The Apps: 

I really enjoy Adobe Voice and Shadow Puppet EDU to get started in elementary grades. I have used Adobe Voice successfully in a Kindergarten classroom this year. It was only their sixth day of school, yet they could create a decent Adobe Voice video with a little help. 

I think that Vine is also an easy starting point. The kids will know about Vine, and it can teach them the art of the quick edit. You can say a lot in six seconds of video with Vine. You can also take a bunch of Vine videos from your Photos and string them together in iMovie. 

The Touchcast app is great if you want to create some student news reports or use some green screen effects. 

The Resources:

Two of my favorite resources for an easy way to get started are included in the middle of this list. One is from Tony Vincent, and his terrific blog, Learning In Hand. The post that I linked to has all the templates you would ever need to start using iMovie Trailers with your class. I also included an older post from Tim Jefferson. He was the first person I saw that starting making these templates to storyboard out your iMovies. There are also two Google Doc templates that should work as a starting point for non-iMovie trailer films. 

The Supplies: 

I have been using the iRig Mic on the recommendation of Tony Vincent for years now. They work great at taking out background noise when trying to shoot on the iPad. I am also very excited for my Touchcast Studio with green screen, tripods, and mounts for steady filming. I also included the Blue Snowball if you are using a Mac to voice over speech after you have shot your video. I use that same mic for the Techlandia Podcast as well. 


There are two important things to know about YouTube in the Beaverton School District. One is that everyone has a YouTube account with their email address. The second thing is when uploading video, how to share it. The choices are public, where everyone can see and search for the video. 

The other choice is Unlisted. You can share the video easily with parents and students in an email with unlisted, but it will not show up to anyone without the link or in searches. 

Signal To Noise:

We would love more schools and students to get involved with Signal To Noise. As of right now, these are the categories for films to be entered in to the festival. We would always love to chat with you if you are considering entering films for Signal To Noise, and you can chat with Dawn Guildner and myself if you need more details. 

Other ways to keep updated on Signal To Noise are to follow us on Twitter and "like" our Signal To Noise Facebook page

We are also creating Stampsy Boards of videos from the 2015 Festival if you would like to show some past finalists to students for inspiration. 

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