Showing posts with label ideas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ideas. Show all posts

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Simple Prep iPad Activity - Creating Movie Trailers

Slide shows are definitely are good way to tell a story using pictures or videos. The web is populated by a vast amount of slide show services. As an educator, I am a subscriber to many of those services and have frequently used them whenever I want to display pictures in an animated fashion followed by music. However, many of the services available on the net require an internet connection and that might make it a bit challenging for creating such artifacts in class if you do not have a connection or the one you  have is too slow. 
One of the solutions to this problem is to use iMovie to create movie trailers. Such trailers look like slide shows and are quite easy to create. All you need to do is to open the iMovie app, click on the + sign and choose the trailer option. As I said previously, you can do it without internet connection, save and later export to YouTube, iTunes, Facebook, etc. It is very intuitive and your students can do it themselves. Another thing our teenage students can also do is to create movie trailers for the graded readers they read in class every semester.
Here is a short tutorial

Here is a movie trailer I created with our English Access students. Before creating it, I showed to them the theme we would work on. I divided the picture frames in terms of their experience as students so far asking what they had done, what they liked best. They wrote down their ideas and I gave them my iPad and my iPhone and told them to take shots. This is the final result.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Simple Prep iPad Activity - Power up Motivation in the EFL Classroom


    Have you ever been surprised by how creative our students can be? This post is about a task I asked my Teen 3 students to do that required no prep and surprised me a lot because they came out with outcomes that were way more creative than what I had imagined.

    I was teaching vocabulary to describe feelings, and I gave groups slips with some vocabulary related to the lesson. I asked students to take pictures to illustrate the words with the iPads. .
Students then had to make a short video using Educreations asking the group to guess what feelings their photos related to. We had a lot of fun, and they wanted to play the game over and over, which I did not mind at all because they got lots of personalized input.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

On Doodling Songs

Originally uploaded by elsvo.

Music livens up the spirit, helps people connect, triggers emotions, brings up memories and cuts through barriers.

On doodling songs 
I came across a Great idea On classroom 2.0.

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Show this video to make sure your students know what is expected from them.
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  • Choose a song your students like;
  • Make a powerpoint with each line/chunk of lyrics on a slide;
  • Practice the song; 
  • Print out each slide and give it out to students to draw their pictures.
  • Make a clip and spread the word!
My students had a blast! How would your students react?