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Class Tech Tips: 8 Tools to Create How-To Videos for Students. Google+ How to Make Book Trailer Videos. Creating a book trailer video can be a great alternative to writing a book report.

How to Make Book Trailer Videos

One of the benefits of creating a book trailer instead of a written book report is that students are more likely to watch each other’s videos than they are to read each other’s book reports. A good book trailer video will get viewers interested in reading a new book. To create a good book trailer video students will have to make a list of highlights of a book and arrange them into proper sequence. Students should also include commentary on why they liked a book and why someone else should read it.

In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to create a book trailer video using a small collection of free web tools. Here are this week’s most popular posts from FreeTech4Teachers.com: 1. 5 Reasons to Have a Classroom Blog 2. 7 Tools for Creating Classroom Blogs 3. Bring Me To Your School or Conference Click here to learn about my professional development services. Online PD Opportunities With Me. How One Teacher Champions Student Reflection with Technology and Public Speaking. Traditionally, students submit their work on an assignment, after which the teacher gives feedback on that work and assigns that student a grade.

How One Teacher Champions Student Reflection with Technology and Public Speaking

Every once in awhile, we build reflection into the next step of the process and ask students to make corrections or comment on the feedback. But, is this truly authentic reflection or are students swayed by the teacher's thoughts? When we, as teachers, give feedback and then ask students to reflect on this, are we losing some of the student's voice and independent thinking? Let’s take public speaking, for a moment. "Public speaking provides a wonderful opportunity for self-reflection," says English Teacher Kerry Hosmer. iPads and iPhones for filmmaking - Learn about film.

Why use iPhones and iPads for filmmaking?

iPads and iPhones for filmmaking - Learn about film

If you own an iPhone, you’ve always got a small, easy-to-use camera in your pocket. It’s great for filming in situations where other cameras would attract too much attention. Video quality can be excellent, so they’re increasingly being used for news gathering and documentary work. People have even shot feature films with them. You can edit on them, though iMovie is a bit cramped on the phone screen. The larger iPad screen is better for editing, particularly with teams or groups. Both devices can shoot really good quality video in the right circumstances. Movies in the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy in Social Studies and other Disciplines.

Background — a Crisis of Motivation in Education: One of the key problems in American education is that students have little motivation to learn.

Movies in the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Literacy in Social Studies and other Disciplines

A major cause is that students live in an age awash in personal computers, iPods and smart phones, while they're required to attend schools that use an English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum originally designed in the 19th or early 20th centuries. Other contributing factors are that current teaching methods and technologies make little use of personal digital devices and that classes are held in buildings with a design similar to schools built after the Civil War. For today's wired students, walking through the schoolhouse door is like entering a time warp and going back more than a hundred years. Every school day, hundreds of thousands of ELA teachers attempt to swim against the current of modern technology and the fact that today's youth are more interested in watching stories on a screen than reading a book.

Reading: CCR 7. Reading: CCR 3. Teaching Film Literacy Without the Film. By Frank W.

Teaching Film Literacy Without the Film

Baker Why would an educator teach film without the film? Obviously, having the DVD (or VHS) of a title would be preferred. But what happens when one needs to teach a specific title without physically having the film? I have previously written about the importance of film literacy, and the new Common Core ELA standards include specific references to film in both seventh and eighth grades. I live and conduct many of my professional development workshops in a rural state (South Carolina) where funding is an issue for lots of schools. Many educators don’t have access to the software (or hardware) they need to teach film.

Film Stills & Close Readings The late film critic Roger Ebert, writing in his classic essay “How to Read a Movie,” noted that when he first began teaching film, he didn’t use the actual movie, but rather used film stills. How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads. Making Movies Magical These days, very little comes out of Hollywood without special effects added in post-production.

How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads

Our favorite superhero movies, science fiction thrillers and fast-paced action movies just wouldn't be the same without them. However, these video effects are no longer the preserve of video professionals. The 100 Best Video Sites For Educators. Via Edudemic Bringing multimedia into the classroom is a great way to engage students in learning.

The 100 Best Video Sites For Educators

Supplementing lessons, opening up new interests, and offering inspiration, online videos make for an incredible teaching tool. In 2010, we covered our favorite 100 video sites for educators, and we’ve now updated our list for 2012 with more than 100 resources and more than 25 brand new entries. Read on, and you’ll be able to check out the very best sources for educational videos on the web. Educational Video Collections Specifically designed for education, these collections make it easy to find video learning resources. TeacherTube: This YouTube for teachers is an amazing resource for finding educationally-focused videos to share with your classroom.

General Video Collections Network TV, inspiring talks, and more are all available in these collections. Hulu: A great place to find the latest TV shows, Hulu is also a source of educational videos. Teacher Education Lesson Planning.