Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

7 Amazingly Easy Video Ideas for Capturing Students' Attention

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

7 Amazingly Easy Video Ideas for Capturing Students' Attention

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Keeping students attentive in the 21st century classroom is no easy feat. For veteran educators Dotty Corbiere (a math specialist at Meadowbrook School in Weston, MA) and Rushton Hudey, founder of the nonprofit organization Next Vista for Learning and a former high school Japanese language teacher and principal, the answer to engaging students is video. T.H.E. Journal asked Corbiere and Hurley to share their favorite video ideas that capture students' attention--and keep it. Here's what they came up with:

1. The Digestive System with SAM Animation

"This is just a better way to teach the digestive system," Corbiere says of one of her favorite stop action movie (SAM) animation projects, conducted by fourth-graders at Meadowbrook. For the project, students must learn the vocabulary and stages of the digestive system in order to convey the process through a series of animated scenes, which are filmed by snapping pictures in succession to create the effect of "a flipbook on steroids." Student then put the pictures together using the iCreate to Educate apps. Tools needed: Classroom materials (i.e.: Model Magic, pipe cleaners, stickers, Legos, construction paper), iPad, and iCreate to Educate Apps or document camera on Mac computer.

2. Counting Poetry Videos with SAM Animation

In these wacky but clever videos, students script the characters in a "counting poem," a blend of math and verse that often twists the film's protagonist into a sticky situation. Corbiere appreciates that these projects, like all SAM Animation, teach a combination of technological and problem-solving skills with the learning of required curriculum students. …

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