Students love using technology. Teachers who are willing to provide students with opportunities to illustrate their learning in unique and multifaceted ways by using technology, are usually stunned by the high quality of the final product their students create. Implementing technology allows students to get out of their comfort zone and create projects that are nontraditional, and therefore unique and thought-provoking.
Video creation is one such example of technology that can be used by students to produce an artifact that demonstrates their learning. Combine that with one of the best LMS’s around, Google Classroom, and you have a powerful platform that makes learning, creating, sharing, and grading a breeze.
Here is the Google Classroom teacher and student workflow for such a project:
1. On Google Classroom click on "classwork", then on "create", and then "assignment"
2. Enter the title e.g. Video Assignment
3. Enter instructions e.g. "Please create a video that illustrates your understanding of..."
4. Assign points, due date, and/or topic (if applicable)
5. Attach a grading rubric (if applicable), and/or instructions, or an example of a video with all the elements you want the students to include in their video.
6. Click “Assign”
1. Students can use the free versions of:
· Animoto (web & app)
· VideoScribe (web & app)
· LEGO Movie (app)
· iStop Motion (app)
· iMovie (Mac & app)
· Clips (app)
· WeVideo (web & app)
to create their video, then they download the video onto their device.
2. Students open Google Classroom, and then click on the appropriate assignment.
3. Students click on "ADD", then "File", they upload their video.
4. Click on "TURN IN"
Now, the teacher has access to all the student videos. Students can only access their own videos, unless if the teacher provides universal access to that particular assignment folder.