In an ongoing attempt to avoid standardized tests, and have students create something at the end of each unit as a demonstration of their understanding, one of my 9th grade World Studies classes recently created "Common Craft" style videos based on our study of Islam.
The process was quite simple:
- Two days were devoted to planning, creating storyboards, scripts and drawings.
- One day devoted to filming. I took my class to the cafeteria so I would be able to help every group and they could have their own space to work and record their projects.
Once the projects were recorded (using flip video cameras), I did the editing in imovie. I would have loved to have each group edit their own work, but I wanted these posted quickly. I am pleased with the results and from the amount of work the students put into the planning, I'm definitely going to do it again.
The only problem I ran into while editing is that a few of the Flip cameras imported as avi files, the rest as mp4 files. Imovie will import mp4, but not avi...a free download (Handbrake) saved the day and allowed an easy conversion from avi to mp4.
Here are the results: