Creating Movies for Learning

Movie Creation for Learning. Looking at why content creation is the way to go for learning today and how movies are a great example of this. A few examples of types of content, examples of places movies may be used in learning and a few words from students on their views.

DOWNLOADS: creative commons .ppt and transcripts
“Creating Movies” pptx presentation with full transcript from SCRIBD.
“Creating Movies” pptx presentation with full transcript from SLIDESHARE

Learning by Creating Content

In the past learners have been taught via content consumption. Today our learners learn differently and they get a lot more out of being engaged and by creating content. Here is a presentation given to TeachMeet Sydney as part of “Virtual TeachMeet” and the video that we created as a bit of fun on how to create videos!
Creating Content
and the fun clip made with some year sevens over two lunchtimes!

Animoto Movies

Animoto has been around and it is a great bit of gear for creating professional looking videos (read flashy slideshows) Where photos, text and snippets of video can be spliced together in a very professional way to create a video.

Animoto for  fantastic easy video

Animoto for fantastic easy video

The videos can be re-rendered and effects added as you like. they even have their own copyright friendly music to choose from and are downloadable!
the fun animoto about animoto below: shows the process and what is possible.
Note: there are a few style changes since this was done years ago. still awesome!

More: the Nitty Gritty!
Animoto gives free accounts for 30 second clips BUT if you are in education then you can sign up for an education account. Create an account first then go to they give you a code to upgrade to animoto plus and you can use the code for 49 other student accounts!

Free full length videos and 50 students accounts for educators!

Free full length videos and 50 students accounts for educators!

Note: they run out after 6 months if you don’ renew.
PS: if you missed it in the video! it works on iDevices too!

Prezi Presentations

Prezis are a great example of an alternate way of creating presentations. Using the concept of a zooming editor this tool also allows collaboration and embedding into websites.

“Death by powerpoint ….. .. neck injury by Prezi!” don’t get over excited! Rolfonzo Kolbero

Why choose prezi:
– “choose your own adventure” move deeper in or away from the path!
– Prezis are web based so can be worked on in the browser and embedded
– Prezis can be collaborated upon when invited

Prezi in action:
Here is an example of a Prezi on Prezi! It goes into a whole lot of techniques of Prezi and has a few tricks up the sleeve for making it look a little more slick.

More on Prezi: (also great tutorials and help)
To get an education account you need to sign up with an .edu email address
You cannot edit prezis on an ipad but you can view and download them with their app
You can download the prezi to be offline to view without internet (but not edit)
You can pay for an offline editor
PowerPoints can be converted to Prezis!

Social Media and Digital Resume

This post contains the information presented to our Year 10’s 11’s and 12’s in year meetings. The content was well received and will be revisited regularly to try and keep it up to date.
– to look at social media and online presence. (and offline activity as well!)
– to make sure everyone “is on the same page” in relation to awareness of responsibilities
– to help a little with recommended FaceBook profile setup
– to focus on importance of digital presence (digital resume)
– tips on how to manage, clean-up and build your digital presence
NOTE: More facebook content at the bottom of the post!

The Presentation: full presenter notes available if you open and download from Scribd

Some Further Specifics in relation to FaceBook:
A very high percentage of people today use Facebook. This post is not about how Facebook can be used in education, it is about Facebook settings, setup and responsibilities.
There is no doubt that Facebook “amplifies” a whole lot of things positive and negative, we need to be aware of how it is setup and what our responsibilities are.
Good Basic Rules for life (and hence for Facebook!):  
  • If you would not be happy with anyone seeing what you doing then think again.
  • Use “common sense” and put thought into what you are doing.
  • Think of how you would feel if what you were doing was done to you.
Super Important Points “The Non-Negotiables”:  
  • Think of any content as public and permanent: Others may view, forward on and/or misuse your content. Your audience is bigger than you think. Don’t embarrass yourself or wreck your profile.
  • “Liking” a page or group means you agree with that content.
  • Don’t post photo’s, or tag others, if you think they could be unhappy with it.
  • Using the Internet to bully/harass is a criminal offence. The school has zero tolerance for bullying in school-time or outside of school-time.
  • Having sexually inappropriate pictures of minors can see charges being laid as for an adult.
  • Your password security is your responsibility. Don’t share passwords with others.
  • Your Internet use is traceable. Tracking a digital trail is possible where required.
Privacy Settings and Permissions: Be aware of your settings!!!
The default settings are very public and should be reviewed. Having a largely public profile is unwise, particularly as a minor. Go to “privacy settings” then select “Edit My Profile” or “Editing your timeline info” in the top paragraph.
Click here for a diagram of: our recommended privacy settings

Facebook Documents:
Here are some documents that may be of use in
Most up-to-date Facebook : guideline and responsibilities
a diagram of: our recommended privacy settings