Do you like to create video? Would you like to create videos with your students? Good news! PSUSD now has licenses available for teachers and students! Once you upload your raw footage and pictures, you can go in and add custom themes, music, sound effects, and voice overs to name a few of the perks! You can even record yourself on the fly. The program makes it easy to create professional looking videos with all the bells and whistles. To gain access and learn a little bit about the program, take a look at our tutorial here:
Why use video creation in your classroom? Well why not? But seriously, there are many reasons to use video creation as a tool for learning as well as a variety of ways you can integrate it into your curriculum. Having students create their own video engages them in new and creative ways. It allows them to have a more authentic audience, motivating them intrinsically to work a little harder for their peers. Video creation is also a creative way to allow students to explain their thinking. Students must have a greater understanding of the material in order to create a video than they would if being assessed using other types of formative assessments.
Let’s not create videos for the sake of creating videos, however. Why not have students create movie trailers to show evidence of their knowledge of story elements? You can also have students create newscasts of current events or weather forecasts. Using videos to create public service announcements is a great way to show evidence of their learning on certain unit themes. You can also have students create videos of idioms or even vocabulary. Students can write stories and allow you to evaluate their grammar and mechanics using Note Card projects! Historical documentaries or interviewing one another as historical characters can make the history class come alive. Students can create lessons for your class tutoring one another or “how to” videos on any topic. All this can be done using WeVideo!
“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”