I would like to start off my blog saying: I LOVE TECHNOLOGY!
I have truly enjoyed the tools we have been learning in our INDT 501 class and have found them extremely useful (I swear I’m not a teacher’s pet 😉 However, I think that these tools have and will be extremely useful to reach our 21st Century Learners. Technology, such as the curricular videos we produced this week, is a great way to introduce a topic in a new way to our students. I enjoyed the tool Animoto because it was easy to use and exciting for the viewer. It was a way to grab our viewer’s attention and get them thinking about the subject at hand. I also learned of another tool this week called Knovio. Knovio is a tool that incorporates both a video recoding along with a personalized slide-by-slide presentation. This tool was helpful for creating lessons accessed outside of the four-wall classroom or as a great tool for projects.
I had a small issue with Animoto while I was using it, however. When I would preview the video, I thought that I was experiencing blurry photos because of the low-resolution they use to preview it and I would experience better quality once I published it. However, when I published it, I still experienced the same low quality. I was discouraged by this and realized that I would now need to start over. I do think that this tool would be helpful in the classroom. Users must be sensitive to what type of photo they are using and what quality it brings along with it.
I chose to do a motivational video for cheerleading because I coach for high school girls and find that encouragement is the ultimate way to touch their lives. We have our first competition coming up and I have had a video planned for quite awhile. Animoto provided me the opportunity to make my photos and videos come to life that I have been saving throughout the summer and empower them to do their best the night of the competition. Not only can Animoto be used for coaching, but it can be used in the classroom for a new taste of learning.
I included my original link to my motivational video below. Until I have an opportunity to create a new one, I wanted to submit what I have done so far! My advice: do not use the carousal template!
Bishop, T. (2012). Mountain View High School Football Program. Received on September 27, 2013 from http://www.topdawgmarketing.com/case-studies/mountain-view-high-school-football/
Quotesvalley (2012). Received on September 27th, 2013 from http://www.quotesvalley.com/its-hard-to-beat-a-person-who-never-gives-up/