Inspiring Learning & Creativity: Audio and Video in the Classroom

We must teach communication comprehensively, in all its forms. Today we work with the written or spoken word as the primary form of communication. But we also need to understand the importance of graphics, music, and cinema, which are just as powerful and in some ways more deeply intertwined with young people's culture. We live and work in a visually sophisticated world, so we must be sophisticated in using all the forms of communication, not just the written word. - George Lucas




  • Pre-created vs. teacher-created vs. student-created audio and video in the classroom
  • What elements of this kind of work is appealing to you?
  • What types of learning are students engaged in with this kind of work?
  • What exemplars did you find?

Demonstration: The tools

  • Video
    • Windows Moviemaker (free video software for video/still images)
    • Windows Photostory (free video software for still images)
    • Mac iMovie (free video software for video/still images)
    • VoiceThread (free, Web-based software for video with still images)
    • FLIP and TeacherTube (simple video creation and free hosting), TeacherTube Student Products
    • Unitedstreaming (subscription-based video on demand)
    • Google Video
  • Audio
    • Audacity (free software for sound recording for Mac or PC)
    • Garageband (Mac sound recording)
    • PodcastPeople (free podcast creation and hosting)
    • Odeo Studio (free podcast creation and hosting)
  • Wikispaces for Teachersfor hosting

Application: Developing a vision for your classroom


Technology-Enhanced Interactivity

Food for Thought:

Is Education Killing Creativity?