My students have added many, many images of their lives to our closed classroom social network, NING. They enjoy looking at the photos and talking about the images to their friends, and they are eager to share the photos with the whole class. "When are we going to share our photos, Ms. Devlin," they ask almost daily.
I've been thinking of the best way to share these wonderful images, a way that would incorporate classroom goals and learning too. Hence, I've decided that every child will write an "I AM" poem, then upload their poems, images and music to Animoto and create a short film. These mini films have many advantages including the following:
- quick to share with friends near and far
- entertaining to watch
- easy to upload to our social network for reviewing.
- metacognition practice
- a great start to our Self Portrait Poetry Anthology Unit.
- a wonderful introduction to choosing and synthesizing just right-images, words and music to create a message.
Here's an example of the film I made to try out the project: My Animoto Video and a copy of the directions and template.
Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.
Note: I have a wonderful book in the classroom titled, I AM. I'll use that book as a model for the writing. When I find the link and author, I'll add it.