Students from Bayswater School created a video slideshow chronicling events in a school-wide inquiry using Animoto.
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Students at Bayswater School were involved in a whole school inquiry project called The Ridge. The focus of the inquiry was on the design and build of a walkway and an outdoor classroom on the school grounds.
The school wanted to describe the project in an appealing way to visitors and guests, and display the project on their website and in the school foyer. Animoto software was selected to create video slideshows of the sequence of events. Animoto is simple to use, has visual appeal, and students can use their own images and sound files.
The students were organised into groups and asked to write a script for their video slide show. Their brief was to describe and illustrate the main points of The Ridge project succinctly and dynamically using no more than 10 slides of text.
Animoto limits text on slides to two lines of 22 and 30 characters respectively, so every single character on the text slides had to be meaningful.
The students had recorded progress on The Ridge throughout the year with photos, videos, and their own illustrations. Prior to this activity:
Some of the more ambitious students added video clips that they had previously created and saved in their local computer.
The class composed and recorded a song which they then saved as an MP3 file.
As an extension activity a group of students had previously composed a sound track which evoked a kereru and some of its typical behaviours which was also saved as an MP3 file. Students could use either of these tracks as their accompanying music, or download something from the Animoto sound library.
The students found that saving the final video (rendering) could take a long time, particularly if there was a lot of images. They discovered that they could shut down the computer and go back later to see the fully rendered Animoto video. Animoto also sends an email when the video is complete.
The teacher liked the idea of students recording and adding a narration against a music background, focusing on informative writing rather than a summary, and introducing an oral language aspect to the work.