I love using drama techniques in classes. I have found that it really enhances the ability of a class to empathise with a character. Two I particularly like are ‘conscience alley’ and ‘hotseating’ where you can explore a characters motivations, background and moral dilemmas they may face. Here is an idea for a video project using some of the thoughts and discussion arising from analysing the advantages and disadvantages of a particular decision.
We know that self and peer assessment are key components to effective learning. Embedding opportunities for this to arise in your planned learning experiences can have a huge impact for students. They can identify their current stage and know their next steps in order to progress. I love using video in class to reflect on a performance as well as give an opportunity for peer assessment.
Following on from my post about a filmmaking project involving green screen, or chromakey, I thought I would put together a few simple steps on how to achieve an effect. We are fortunate to have MacBook Airs, which I think are great for speeding up workflow (with AirDrop) and they come with iMovie pre-installed. This is a fantastic application which makes it very simple to produce a high quality output. Green screening is built in too! Continue reading
Youtube is probably one of the best educational tools available to teachers now. The #Education channel has over 10 million subscribers, with just the top 3 (Khan Academy, Howcast & SuperSimple Songs) chalking up almost 7 billion views between them (from Socialbakers.com)
How do you make use of this amazing, vast, FREE resource in your classroom? Here are three tools which can make video content more engaging, relevant and convenient for your setting. Continue reading