Narrated Slideshows (pt 2)

Notes from our Narrated Slideshow professional development session at school:

Narrated Slideshows give students an authentic voice to a  larger audience.  It raises the engagement level by providing an alternate to the traditional “write a paper” lesson.  Consider having students create narrated slideshows vs. listening to 30 presentations during class.  Embed the videos on a webpage or wiki or create a YouTube playlist.

Ideas for narrated slideshows:

  • iMovie app iconSpeeches
  • News shows
  • How to videos (take photos during Lab and record directions; PE)
  • Language practice
  • Meditations or prayer

The bulk of the instruction takes place before you even use the iMovie app

Using iMovie app to make the narrated slideshow

  • You must insert images into iMovie before you can record a narration.
  • Have student “chunk” their editing:  Insert 3-4 images, record narration that goes along with images, edit the length of duration of images to match narration, add titles, etc
  • Repeat for each section – vs trying to record the whole narration in one sitting

Benefits of using iMovie on the iPad

  • Students can record in the privacy of their bedroom – less background noise & better vocal quality if you take time to rehearse
  • Students can re-record sections
  • Easier to complete the assignment since they have iPad 24/7
  • Easy to import images from camera roll
  • Upload final movie to YouTube using lshigh.org account for easy sharing

Disadvantages:

  • Limit the speeches to 4-7 minutes otherwise you need too many images to make the video interesting.
  • Takes up space on iPad
  • Must be in quiet room when recording narration
  • Must transfer images to Camera roll (use Google Drive)
  • Takes time after editing to export the video and/or upload to YouTube (requires wifi)

Adobe Voice appDon’t have time to dedicate to the editing process using iMovie?  Consider these apps instead:

  • Adobe Voice – super easy storytelling app that makes it easy to record & re-record individual slides
  • Any screencasting app:  ShowMe, EduCreations, or Explain Everything

 

Part 1:  Step-by-step directions for iMovie on the iPad

WIRED TEENS talk about technology

My 2010 Digital Video class made this video called WIRED TEENS talk about technology this past Spring. The students brainstormed the topics, interviewed the faculty members and students and then we edited their segments together.  The students didn’t just want to discuss cyberbullying – they also wanted to include discussions about positive uses of technology, texting, Internet addiction, trash talking during online video game play and sexting.

We showed the video to the entire school and the Journalism class followed up with a survey and article in the school paper.  One surprising result was that almost 1/2 of the high school students who responded said they had received or sent a “sexting” message.

I was very impressed with how well the students handled themselves during the discussions and interviews.  We started with about 60 minutes of recorded tape and cut it down to 13 minutes – a challenge indeed.

Feel free to use it with your Digital Citizenship unit – http://vimeo.com/13069129


Valley Catholic High School Cyber Bulling Awareness from WatchOurSpirit on Vimeo.