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Book Trailers - for HS students: Other Video Ideas

Contains links, examples and instructions for creating student-made book trailers.

OTHER Video Project Ideas

Sure, book trailers are awesome, but why stop there?

All video projects include some basic features:

PRE-PLANNING:

  • What is your PURPOSE for the video? (To communicate information, persuade someone to action, to express a feeling or emotion, to teach new information, etc.)
  • Who is your AUDIENCE for this video?
  • WHEN is your project due? This will help you set deadlines.

PLANNING:

  • What information and media (video, interviews, audio and images) will you need?
  • Create a Storyboard (like a visual outline) - how will you present
  • Put together all your "ingredients" in one place (folder or USB drive)

EDITING:

  • Upload all your media into your video editing program and put it all together - it's a process, like revising an essay but more visual. The Storyboard really helps!
  • Save and save often!!
  • Add a title screen and credits (with citations), edit in transitions (fade to black or fade out), add audio [and save again]

PUBLISHING:

  • Save AS a .mov or .wma file
  • Back up your file - Upload your video to your Google Drive and share it with your teacher (and librarian)
  • Upload your video to YouTube, SchoolTube, Vimeo or another video site

Language Arts Video Project Ideas

LANGUAGE ARTS

Write and record poetry or short stories that illustrate literary elements learned in an English class. Include Creative Commons or public domain music that matches the mood of the written work.

Voki allow users to create  ”talking heads” with custom messages. You can create avatars of some fictional characters and speak for them. Students can create them as responses to something learned. Teachers have left substitute teacher lesson plans with Vokis, too.

Tell a story — We’re naturally intrigued by stories. They draw us in and take us to a place and time where we never were. If students use concepts from class and connect them to stories, the result could have a huge impact.

Create a personal narrative — They can be about students themselves or a character or historical person. Record video clips from many different facets of the subject’s life. Add a voiceover to tell the story and music to set the mood.

  • Visual interpretation of a poem or other literary work
  • Students write their own story and then produce it
  • Reenactment of a classic literary work
  • “How to” video
  • Improve speaking and performance skills, help with learning English

source (bulleted): “Engaging Students in Video Production and Movie Making in the classroom” slideshow/ presentation from Tech & Learning and SONY, Dec. 9, 2009

MATH

MATH

Collaborative Mathematics – Challenge Video and Response Videos: http://www.collaborativemathematics.org/how-it-works.html

Students create Tutorial Videos – Here’s an Algebra teacher’s plans and videos (including video topics, rubrics and ideas for ‘next time’): http://samjshah.com/2008/06/04/my-algebra-ii-video-project/

Bring story problems to life or record a whiteboard explanation of a math problem. Use subtitles to further explain concepts in the problem.

  • Have students create videos that teach a concept or how to solve a problem
  • Collect data and analyze data from sports and other real world activities to learn math
  • Explain a formula

source (bulleted): “Engaging Students in Video Production and Movie Making in the classroom” slideshow/ presentation from Tech & Learning and SONY, Dec. 9, 2009

SOCIAL STUDIES

SOCIAL STUDIES

Recreate a historic speech or moment in history for a social studies class.

Dream — Taking classroom learning and putting a “What if?” spin on it is higher-level thinking. Let students speculate what would happen if something in history happened differently or a character in a story made a different decision. Video is a great medium to play those ideas out.

Highlight a cause — When students find about problems in the world and decide to act, the result is more than learning — it’s change for the better. Students can use their video skills to encourage others to make change as well and contribute to something bigger than themselves.

Tell a story — We’re naturally intrigued by stories. They draw us in and take us to a place and time where we never were. If students use concepts from class and connect them to stories, the result could have a huge impact.

Create a personal narrative — They can be about students themselves or a character or historical person. Record video clips from many different facets of the subject’s life. Add a voiceover to tell the story and music to set the mood.

Voki allow users to create  ”talking heads” with custom messages. You can create avatars of some historical characters and speak for them.

  • Civic documentaries
  • Focus on a past event and ask the children to produce a short documentary
  • Current Events/ Social questions
  • Video reenactment of historical events, time periods
  • video speeches or law interpretations
  • video debates
  • biographies of historical figures
  • Create a TV election ad
  • Travel Channel
  • Game Show

source (bulleted): “Engaging Students in Video Production and Movie Making in the classroom” slideshow/ presentation from Tech & Learning and SONY, Dec. 9, 2009

SCIENCE

SCIENCE

Display the work and results of a science lab project from beginning to end, from hypothesis to conclusion. Add images of lab data in the project to show specifics of the results.

  • Video science processes in nature such as the growth of a plant, birth of small animals, hatching of chicks
  • Video science data to show the evidence of change over time
  • Create a video about a specific lesson such as air and weather
  • Video a Lab: Record events under the microscope
  • Students design, carry-out experiments on camera to solve a problem or demonstrate a known phenomenon such as gravity

source (bulleted): “Engaging Students in Video Production and Movie Making in the classroom” slideshow/ presentation from Tech & Learning and SONY, Dec. 9, 2009

 

Ideas for Interesting Projects for AP Chemistry?

- Video project? Example: “Electron’s Love Story

-Genius Hour projects!! http://www.geniushour.com/

GENERAL VIDEO Project Ideas

GENERAL video ideas

Create a How-to Video: Interview an expert on your topic and edit in captions and additional photos that relate to the interview. Or, take pictures of a project through each step (as in pottery, cooking, metalsmithing, woodworking, auto shop, painting, drawing, etc.)

 

Send parent and student reminders about what students are learning in class

Create Vines of vocabulary terms: Use Vine (a social media site that allows users to create six-second looping video clips and share them; works with iOS, Android and Windows devices) or any other video editing program to show a vocabulary term (on paper, etc.) and then a visual representation of the term. Once students are done, have a mini-movie festival to review all the vocabulary as a class.

 

Create a whiteboard animation: Set up something with a camera so it won’t move (on a tripod or otherwise). Aim it at a whiteboard or chalkboard. Record and start drawing. Use video editing tools to speed it up to four times its normal speed and add a voiceover (and music?). Here’s a great blog post with the basics on how to create these videos. Below is a whiteboard animation I created to illustrate a conference session I presented (my cropping was not the best!).

  • public service announcements and life skills
  • virtual tour of…

source (bulleted): “Engaging Students in Video Production and Movie Making in the classroom” slideshow/ presentation from Tech & Learning and SONY, Dec. 9, 2009

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE

Give cooking demonstrations or child development presentations for family and consumer science classes.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Create a conversation, explanation or skit in another language for a foreign language class.

  • Create an ad or commercial in another language
  • Create a newscast in another language

source (bulleted): “Engaging Students in Video Production and Movie Making in the classroom” slideshow/ presentation from Tech & Learning and SONY, Dec. 9, 2009

PHYS ED/ HEALTH

PHYSICAL EDUCATION/ HEALTH

Show off skills learned in a physical education lesson or impart wisdom for a healthy lifestyle for a health class.

  • Students create “how to” videos to demonstrate a technique
  • explain rules of a sport
  • video biography on a favorite sports team or sports star
  • video to show importance of eating well and exercising

source (bulleted): “Engaging Students in Video Production and Movie Making in the classroom” slideshow/ presentation from Tech & Learning and SONY, Dec. 9, 2009

ART

ART

  • Biography of a famous artist
  • Reenactment of the artist
  • Report on an artistic style
  • portfolio of work
  • a process video
  • art sale video

source: “Engaging Students in Video Production and Movie Making in the classroom” slideshow/ presentation from Tech & Learning and SONY, Dec. 9, 2009

MUSIC

MUSIC

  • streaming performance videos and original music compositions for publication on the school’s web site
  • classical music video
  • proper fingering techniques (or modeling/ teaching other ‘proper’ playing techniques)
  • performance critique (like a review/ based on specific criteria that students can identify and analyze

source (bulleted): “Engaging Students in Video Production and Movie Making in the classroom” slideshow/ presentation from Tech & Learning and SONY, Dec. 9, 2009