Some classes are about conveying information. Other classes are about rocking your students’ world.
These are some tools to rock
Until recently, when a professor wanted to engage his audience, he reviewed and refined his lectures till they were funny, dramatic, and factually correct. A writer, like Rachel Carson or Martin Luther King would draft and redraft their text until they found the words to galvanize the individual and thereby galvanize society. Society changers were pretty much limited to words, as video and movie creation was not easily accessible to most of them.
Now we don’t only have spoken and written words to engage our students. You and I (and just about everyone on this side of the digital divide) have at our disposal the ability to create educational material that will stop your students in their tracks and make their heads turn.
With Animoto and Photopeach, you can quickly and easily make educational slideshows that give your students more ways to access information. Furthermore, this information can easily be made available in a WizIQ course so that your students can refer to them anytime.
These videos give me goose bumps every time I watch them. They were not created by Hollywood movie stars, but by teachers for their students:
We shall overcome:
The ideas that you want to convey are important. Give them the attention that they deserve.
Animoto and PhotoPeach can also be for fun
Some days are to rock and others are just to roll. Animoto and PhotoPeach are also useful on the days when you simply want to shake up the routine and try something new with your students.
A quiz might have beautiful images and exciting music or a chapter review can have captivating graphics and pictures that aid in the retention of information. Quizzes do not need to be black ink on white paper and the chapter review need not be a teacher reading over the bullet points towards the end. Teachers in both digital and brick and mortar classrooms can create beauty in their world in no more time than it takes to simply type up the review document.
In this video, students use a Smartboard to interact with each other and the material in an art history class:
This is a blog piece by Animoto, providing fresh ways to use their technology:
Animoto and PhotoPeach are free to teachers
Both of these resources have introductory plans for teachers. They are either free or very affordable. Animoto will even give free accounts to your students, so they too can get in on the fun. Animoto and PhotoPeach make it really easy to have a huge impact on your learners.
The WizIQ Virtual Classroom is a great place for slideshows
The WizIQ virtual classroom is a great place for sharing slideshows like these. They can easily be loaded into your media player or content library for immediate sharing in the class. You can pause them to explain a detail or elucidate a situation whenever you want to. They can also be loaded into the courseware for asynchronous courses, so that learners can access them at their convenience. And if they want, students can watch them over and over again.