Create, Collaborate, Produce, Publish
Increasingly videos are the communication medium of choice. Newspapers have video clips to tell their stories, colleges require personal video essays from applicants, and teachers are creating videos to support instruction. Knowing how to create compelling stories and tell them via video are are essential skills for our students.
When students create videos, they become engaged with the task at hand and tend to think deeply about what they are communicating - whether they are creating a book report, a public service announcement, or informing others about an issue important to them.
In this month's blog, we are highlighting three easy-to-use movie-editing tools that you and your students can master.
WeVideo is a great choice if you need a program on which you can edit on any device because it lives online in the Cloud.
WeVideo is free...up to a point. When you sign in for your account you will get 5120 MB for FREE and the ability to share your videos online. If you want to be able to download your videos, or you want more space, you can upgrade for a small charge.
Animoto is another good online movie making tool. You can easily create a beautiful, engaging video to share online. Again, the lite version is free and limited, but for $5 a month you can upgrade. We usually don't advocate for an application that takes money out of your pocket, but this one is worth a look
If you want a robust, easy-to-use video editor, you can't beat iMovie. The limitation here is that you have to use a MAC device to use it. So, if you have an iPad or a Mac laptop, you are all set. If you don't, you can stop reading here.
iMovie comes loaded for FREE on all Mac devices today. (Note: The key word here is "today." If you have an iPad 2 or 3, this will not apply to you and the program has a small charge.)
New DIGICOM Website Launches!
DIGICOM is dedicated to helping teachers and students in PSUSD develop their video production skills. We hope you will take the DIGICOM Challenge and create a movie to submit to the DIGICOM Film Festival this year! This year's theme is LIVE AND LEARN!
Visit the new DIGICOM website at www.digicomfilmfestival.com.
The submission deadline for the DIGICOM Film Festival is Monday, March 31, 2014.
The DIGICOM Film Festival will be Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 - 8:30 at Palm Springs High School Auditorium. The Film Festival is FREE and open to the public.