This blog site for my classes that I am taking with the University of Southeast Alaska towards my Masters in Educational Technology.I need to get ack on track, hope to continue with my degree this fall.
Making my second i-movie was a lot more fun once I knew what I was going to produce. Since quilting is my passion, I thought I would have a little fun. I had made a storyboard and wrote the script and I was having trouble because the storyboard wasn’t working out. The problem was getting my students to play actors, when I wanted to make a reality movie.
So I just took and collected a lot of pictures and short movies of my students in action and it worked out fine. In my quilt i-movie I was still able to show problem, transformation and solution.
In the beginning I filmed myself explaining the three quilts but I realized that I can explain with pictures and do voice over narration and that it would turn out better doing so. Doing voice over was less stressful on me knowing that I didn’t have to film my “shy self”. Also, I can see how students could do a project and not be so shy by doing voice over instead of filming themselves.
It was fun and challenging to put together my pictures and narration. I learned that I could narrate in pieces and add the music separately and crop the music to the size I wanted. I also learned so much more using i-movie, it became so easy after awhile. I was having so much fun making my quilt movie it was hard to actually stop. I was learning all about the simple “buttons” on the program, manipulating and playing with them as I made my movie. It felt amazing. I finally had to tell myself to stop, that it was a complete project, and that I can have fun making more.
There are so many ways to use i-movie in the classroom. The possibilities are endless. What a great way to show student progress.
I would like my students to make some projects during the last four or five weeks of school this year using i-move. Of course it is important to have the students make a storyboard so that I know where they are going and I could assist them in making of their i-movie with the following projects.
I teach an economics class, the chapter we are on now is about career, labor and wages. To help my students think more positively about themselves and their future, I am going to have them make a couple minute i-movie projects on three careers that they are interested in and they have to research on the computer those careers. (Some of my students have done this part already.) I also would like to have them research and find pictures on the internet about what kind of car, home, or other major item’s that they would like to own someday. They could show pictures of these things they would like to own someday and the careers they are thinking of pursing.
I feel teachers could use the program to help teach students about social problems, for instance, bulling, racism, or even etiquette. I would like a certain class to learn more about etiquette/manners in the classroom. In small groups, I could have them take pictures or make short movies of each other and make short one-minute stories about a bad manner or etiquette. Hopefully, their scripts about good and bad etiquettes will reinforce more positive etiquette.
Finally, I teach history, geography, and government. For geography I could have them choose a place that they would like to visit and have them do a short one or two minute video on the place that they would like to visit. Of course for this project I could be in charge of their storyboard because I would like to have them research the same kinds of things. It could include pictures focusing on the five themes of geography on the things about their place. I could then have them manipulate their pictures into the pictures of choice.
For government, we are on the chapter about taxes. I could have my students in groups collaborate major idea’s on taxes from the book and find current events to further explain that idea, using pictures, narration and actual current events about taxes.
Ideas are endless using i-move to reinforce learning. It will be fun for both my students and me. One of my own hobbies I like to partake in is using technology, so what a great way to teach and have fun learning using technology to learn and teach others.
I will have a grading rubric that I will go over each group before each project is started. It of course will have a problem, transformation, and solution. Stay tuned for more!