Let’s face it, no matter how learner-centered we make our classrooms, part of our jobs will always be to convey information to students in memorable ways. At those times, we turn to direct instruction as a time-efficient and effective strategy. The most common form of this strategy is the lecture, but this has been criticized for over-use. But live lectures aren’t the only way to do direct instruction, and many digital solutions are not only just as time-efficient, they also offer the added benefit of being timeless so that students can return to them as needed. This is the basis of learning models like the Flipped Classroom in which educators create videos or other learning objects for students to review outside of class, leaving teachers more class time for extension and application activities, collaboration with students, and differentiation.
There are many great tools for creating digital learning objects, including podcasting tools, visualization tools, audio editing tools, photo editing tools, and video editing tools. Teachers regularly create ThingLinks, Infograms, and Tellagamis to quickly share an idea or convey information. One of my favorite tools recently is Moovly, a time-line based video editor that allows me to create professional-looking videos easily.
What is Moovly?
Check out this intro video to get an overview of Moovly:
And here is an example of a Moovly Video I created:
There are a few reasons why I like Moovly. First off, the free version is hearty enough to not require that I spend money to do what I want to do. I can also choose to pay for features that I want as needed instead of paying to upgrade to get features I don’t need. Second, it’s so easy to create with Moovly. Each of the animations in the video above were already programmed in, requiring no expertise on my part. Third, I like that I can upload my own images and music. This expands the usability of this tool greatly. Fourth, I have the ability to download my video, share it via social media, or publish it to YouTube, meaning that I have lots of ways to share my Moov with students. Finally, I really like how many support resources Moovly provides, especially on their blog.
Here are some resources to get you going:
- Moovly Education on Pinterest
- Moovly for Education Site
- B’s Life Blog Post
- DigiTeacher Blog Post
- Teachers First Review
- Moovly on Pinterest
Demonstrate a process with Moovly.
Create a commercial for your classroom expectations with Moovly.
Create a persuasive video such as a PSA with Moovly.
Teach a concept with Moovly.
Create a motivational video.
Create a video invitation with Moovly.
Introduce a topic with Moovly.
Teach about an author, historical figure, or character with Moovly.
Illustrate a story with Moovly.
Convey instructions with Moovly.
Why it Matters (Teaching Rubric)
The ability to convey information and class content in an engaging and effective manner requires that we have many strategies in order to differentiate for our students and capture their interest (Competency 2.2). Additionally, by creating content resources that live beyond the moment, we are able to more effectively pace our lessons and make full use of the time we have in class with our students (Competency 2.3).
Moovly is just one of many easy video creation tools available to teachers. If you use a Mac or an iOS device, you may want to explore iMovie. On PC, Windows MovieMaker is a popular choice. While not a free choice, a great video creation tool for both platforms is TechSmith’s Camtasia. Other web tools of note include Animoto, PowToon, and Magisto. Apps of note include StopMotion, Tellagami, and ExplainEverything.
Today’s challenge is to look at the options in a video creation tool like Moovly and reflect on how you could use this resource to deliver content and pace lessons. Share those reflections in the comments below and if you have another great tool for creating digital content please feel free to add it to your comments as well. Commenting on others responses is a great way to share ideas and make educational connections, just remember that “active participation” is more than just an “attaboy” for someone else. Enjoy!
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