Technology is changing not only how people write, but also how they learn to write. These profound changes require teachers to reconsider their pedagogical practices in the teaching of writing. This books shares instructional approaches from experienced teacher educators in the areas of writing, teacher education, and technology.
iMovie on the iPad has been one of the must have apps in both Primary and Secondary Education. With so many teachers and pupils using the devices to take photos and videos, iMovie has been employed to stitch videos together and add voice overs, soundtracks, themes and text.
Apple have not only made iMovie free for all new devices but is has also added a number of new tools which will enhance and extend the use of iMovie. This includes Split Screen with the ability to add to clips into one movie, Picture in Picture where you can add a small video into the corner of another and finally Theatre where the videos can be saved to the iMovie theatre and seen on other devices connected to the same Apple ID and on an Apple TV.
I have begun to use the new features with my pupils in various subjects and below are few activities we have tried.
Split Screen in Science- We have already used iMovie a number of times his term in key Stage 2 Science. We have taken the videos of Science experiments such as friction tests and put two videos into one so the pupils can see the difference between the two surfaces in real-time. Next term we will also use it to see the differences in growth of two plants growing under different conditions.
Picture in Picture in Literacy- Year 5 have been doing instructional writing and we have had two shots: 1 video of the camera pointing at the pupil giving the instructions and 1 video showing what the pupil is making (e.g Cookery). The Picture in Picture tool is then used to put the one video in the corner of the other.
Picture in Picture or Split Screen in Geography- Year 4 have been looking at the local area of the school. Using Google Images and Maps the pupils made a video trail around the village with the place on the map in one part of the screen and a photo in the other. Note, we had to make the photos into a video first and then save to the camera roll because iMovie does not allow you to do Split screen with photos in the timeline.
Split Screen in History and Geography- I am also looking to use Split Screen as both a location study of two different places. E.g Town v Seaside etc. Also in History, looking at one street in two different periods of history, including an audio commentary. This also works good with transitions.
Have a look at some of the new tools in iMovie and I would love to hear how you are using them in school.
Illustration above is J.K. Rowling’s spreadsheet plan for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
by Emily Temple
"Writing a novel (or a story, for that matter) is confusing work. There are just so many characters running all over the place, dropping hints and having revelations. So it’s no surprise that many authors plan out their works beforehand, in chart or list or scribble form, in order to keep everything straight. After the jump, you’ll find a mini collection of those planning papers, so you can take a peek into the process of some of your favorite authors, from James Salter to J.K. Rowling."
Blogging is an excellent way of motivating students to develop a lifelong love of learning. Writing is a process, and when they learn this they will be able to apply the skills to other aspects of their schooling.
"Creating picture stories can be a very effective activity in unleashing students creativity. There are now some great apps that students can use to create and narrate their stories on iPad. I have picked for you two of the most popular apps in this regard. To create a picture story, students will either use the pictures they have in their camera roll or take new ones and do some customization to them then add audio narration and text before sharing them with others via emails or through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Here are the titles I have for you today:"
With so many fantastic books about the teaching of writing out there, how do teachers who are new to writing workshop know what to read first? Here are 12 books I think all teachers of writing should read.
With iPads, once we begin thinking beyond the confines of a page, anything is possible. Consider the video below created several years ago by two of my students. First they wrote plot summaries. Then they wrote character sketches. From there, they crafted paragraphs about theme, tying the visual and auditory elements of their videos back to the books. Finally, they created storyboards and bibliographies before producing and publishing their final product.