De-constructing Music Videos and TV Shows
While YouTube has its benefits, there are other video sites that could prove quite useful. Here in the CCSD, we have videos created by educators across the District that are hosted in Streaming Cobb, our very own video repository and Office 365 Video channels. Below are other great sources for worthwhile videos:
TED.com, home of TED Talks
#Education on YouTube
Science 360 from the National Science Foundation
BrainPop offers free videos on many subjects
WatchKnowLearn has a litany of educational videos
Edutopia, the popular blog hosts many videos about educational strategies
This falls under the umbrella of Media Literacy, and as a result, your Media Specialist would be a great resource as well! Learn more about Media Literacy and its fundamentals here.
Worthwhile Videos (and How to Find Them)
Few of us are immune to the powers of a viral cat video. How about applying the same idea to your school or classroom? Within this issue, learn how to harness the power of video.
Issue # 20
Pop Culture provides us with many conversation points and tends to be a reflection of the current times. What are music videos and TV shows saying that can enrich the discussions in your class?
Introduction to Media Literacy via Media Literacy Project (PDF)
Advertising: Deconstructing A TV Commercial (Lesson Plan) via Media Literacy Clearinghouse
How to Close Read the Language of Film via Middle Web
9 TIps for Engaging Your English Class with Pop Culture via Cult of Pedagogy
If you want to get really technical, here is a Music Video Deconstruction from Lights Film School.
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This week's theme: Harnessing the Power of Video
The Friday 5: Concise, curated content to enhance the digital and multimedia learning in your corner of the world.
Easily make your lessons interactive and empower your students to make their own interactive videos. TouchCast is a tool that allows you to embed documents, photos, websites, maps, and even polls and quiz questions into a standalone video. This comes in handy for teacher-made videos helping students review concepts. For students, a TouchCast can be used to embed support for a position or persuasive argument. They can also imclude supporting videos and documents when sharing what they have learned about a specific topic. Take a look at how to create a TouchCast using the videos below:
How To TouchCast Interactive Video Tutorial
TouchCast 123 Self-Differentiated Program
Reach Out and TouchCast Your Lessons
Using Short Films to Enhance Lessons
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Harnessing the Power of 360-degree Video
Video can be used in 360-degrees to transport you and your students to faraway lands, or inside organs of the body. Below are two sources of educational 360-degree videos:
Discovery Education VR (Videos)
More info on Discovery VR
YouTube 360 (VR/360 Videos collected across YouTube--not all educational)
What if you want to create your own 360-degree videos? That process is also rather simple and the tools needed range from something relatively commonplace such as a smart phone or more specialized to buying a standalone 360-degree camera that records still and moving images (including sound).
Using Your Cell Phone for 360-degree Video:
Google Cardboard Camera- Use this app to take 360-degree still images that can be viewed thereafter in Google Cardboard (a simple VR viewer).
8 Apps for Taking 360 Photos on Your Phone- This article from TechPP.com shows a variety of apps and methods for capturing 360 photos.
Dedicated 360-degree cameras:
Cameras made expressly for capturing images in 360 degrees can range in price and features. Below are a couple of guides to help you find a camera suited to meet your needs and budget.
Buying Guide for Every Level User
Best 360-degree Cameras Out and On the Way
While the end of the year sounds like a great time to watch the video version of an event or novel discussion in class, you can recreate the same, rewarding lessons with the use of short films.
Shot Films for Teaching Literary Devices via Middle School Minds
Lesson Plans and Resources: Film in the Classroom via The New York Times
Below are two short films with universal themes that are good for students in grades 4-12.
"Magnetic" by F.C. Rabbath, is a story of a boy-turned-young man who yearns create a magnetic connection and ends up learning a valuable lesson.
In "Identity", Kalil KJ Adames paints a picture of a teen's struggle to find her identity. In the process, she realizes that the only acceptance needed is what she gives herself.
This 360-degree video, produced by Sports Illustrated, showcases a climbing team preparing for a climb Mount Everest. While it can be viewed on your smart phone or computer, when paired with a VR viewer, such as Google Cardboard, you can actually move around and view each scene as if you were there.
This quick tutorial shows how you can create a 360-degree VR Movie using your smartphone.