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 projects were you most impressed with? Why?
    • African story about sun and moon - made masks - electronic photo album (hands-on, but supplemented with technology)
    • Kindergarten documentary on lifestyle of a butterfly (hands-on, captured their wonder)
    • K/1 - review of pledge of allegiance - rephrasing in their own words (making meaning of something for themselves, teaching each other)
    • Our City Podcast - facts and information on their city (interesting way to present facts, hear their voice)

Demonstration: The tools

  • Video
    • Windows Moviemaker (free video software for video/still images)
    • Windows Photostory (free video software for still images)
    • Apple 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

Studio Time: Developing a vision for your classroom

  • Reactions to using software
    • Flip was fun - easy to use (not great audio)
    • Movie Maker was fun, but difficult to get started
    • Photo Story very easy to use
    • Useful for the classroom
  • Ideas for your classroom
    • Audio record kids reading
    • Digital record of learning - portfolio
    • Silent film - the arts, history
    • Digital science fair
  • Concerns you have
    • Quiet to record audio
    • Can be very distracting (need parameters)
    • Video formats (codec)
    • Have a plan b
    • Time consuming (create collections, groups, template, interdisciplinary)

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