This week I am away on an offline vacation. Rather than let the blog be dormant or rerunning old posts I decided to give some other people a chance to share their experiences and ideas with you. I hope you enjoy the posts.
is a web-based video making program used to create short animated
movies. With a free account there are two options: a basic
text-to-speech movie maker, and a more sophisticated program with
features like character movement and scene changes.
There are school and educator discounts
available for teachers interested in exploring the extra features that
come with a paid account. But while there are limitations to the basic
text-to-speech video maker – no character movement, limited scene and
voice choices, a 10 line maximum, and restricted ability to push the
finished video to YouTube – I have found it an extremely fun and useful
tool for the classroom.
Ideas for use:
a librarian, I visit a lot of classes to give instruction sessions.
Sometimes students will see similar presentations in multiple classes
during the the same semester. The creation of a short introductory
video adds a personal touch to presentations. Similarly, teachers can
use GoAnimate to spark discussion over class policies or to make general announcements.
videos are a great way to make concepts memorable, and can easily be
embedded into a PowerPoint or Prezi to break up lessons. The video
above, which explains the difference between primary and secondary
sources, is an example of using an animation to convey a particular
idea. A bonus of using videos in instruction is that students can view
the video multiple times if needed for understanding.
can also make videos themselves. The basic video maker is easy enough
to use that students at almost any level can create an animation
immediately following a lesson to demonstrate comprehension.
Alternatively, video creation can be part of a course project.
GoAnimate has proven to be a valuable – and fun – addition to the classroom!
Erin Milanese is an adjunct instructor of Information Literacy at Harrison College and Librarian/Instructional Technology Support Specialist at Goshen College. Follow Erin online at www.tadoverdue.com (Twitter: @tad_overdue). Her collection of GoAnimate videos can be viewed here!