I’ve uploaded a video (below) that gives you an example of something I blogged about a couple of weeks ago.
This was a task I was doing with grade 6 students that used Imovie and Garageband, two great programs that come with the ILife bundle for macs.
The kids imported photos into IMovie, they wrote a short story that related to their selection of photos and recorded that story in using the recording facilities within IMovie. finally they wrote a soundtrack in Garageband to accompany the movie (in Garageband) exported the music as an MP3 dragged it into I Movie and off we went. We talked a lot about the appropriateness of the music to the film, the role of the soundtrack and how it was to enhance the visuals not overwhelm them.
We also had a huge number of technical issues which is often the case and actually quite beneficial for the students to experience.
There was so many things involved in this project such as literacy skills (creative writing), editing, music composition, multimodal learning, authentic learning, investigation and presentation, rendering, teamwork, saving to a network, folder creation, troubleshooting technical issues, leadership, importing and exporting of files, learning different file types.
The kids spent some of time choosing photos that they could use to create a visual story. I created a folder and placed about 100 random photos in there. The kids then copied and pasted the photos they wanted to use into a folder they had created on the server. I think it is a really important to teach ICT organizational skills and saves lots of headaches down the track. Once that was done, the kids are going to import the photos and organize them in IMovie so that a clear narrative can be followed.
Soundtracks will then be created in garage band that will be used to enhane the narrative and finally if it is required audio recordings will be made directly into I Movie that will further enhance the narrative.
I guess the way to expand this is to hav the kids take their own photos.
Finally the project will be rendered down and placed into the kids own personal blogs.