Every fall the freshman history teachers assign an research project to introduce students to research skills and tools they will need at the high school. At the same time, the same students were writing a paper for English class. Last year we combined these assignments in to an interdisciplinary research project.
Students are asked to choose a revolution and answer the question "What causes a revolution?" They are to find causes and evidence for each cause (the number of causes and the amount of evidence required depends on the level of the class).
The project requires close collaboration with the school librarian (me). One of the things we noticed during last fall's work with students was that students become frustrated with all tools they are learning for the first time.
This year we dedicated more in class time for students to complete their research. Each block the students had specific tasks and tools they were to use. This allowed plenty of opportunities for students…
Tomorrow is the third day of school and we are about to have freshman students creating accounts for a variety of digital tools. I know their heads are spinning just trying to navigate their way around the school building. I also know when I was transferred to the high school library 3 years ago, I struggled with keeping all the tools and accounts straight, what to use when, how to logon, etc. And I am a school librarian, not a 14 year old!
I created this slidedeck to help students keep all the accounts straight, as something to refer back to and to help guide any absent or new students who need to set up accounts later in the year. I am sure I will be editing and fine-tuning to meet student needs. Further lessons will go deeper in to each of these tools but I am hoping this helps our students remember what is what and to set them up for success!
For more than a year, I have been watching students struggle to create videos for class projects. They record videos on their phones and, if they haven't accidentally deleted them, struggle to figure out how to put them together to submit. I would often hear them sigh "I wish I could just use PowerPoint or Google Slides."
Video editing can be proprietary, device specific, un-collaborative and difficult projects for teachers to manage.
WHY WEVIDEO I was looking for video editing software that had the following capabilities (YES WeVideo has them all!): Web based (not computer specific!!)Stores work in progress Green screen capabilitiesGoogle compatibleAllows for collaborationWorks on ChromebooksCreate videos longer than 5 minutesA variety of special effects and transitionsCOPPA compliantUser/class management abilitiesSearchable library of images and videos on site for students to use (this feature was just released and is AMAZING!!!)I had heard about WeVideo through Dr. Kriste…