I like Japan.
But there is a point to this post.
In Gr5, I make all the videos for CWW (I and II), opening week, activity day, Sports Day (for MS) and other events. I started this because I had a personal interest in audio/video creation…and was looking for an excuse to go beyond just making iMovies. The skills I develop in my own time through making videos can be transposed over to my school work and vice versa.
I think using technology in your own life is a good way of modelling technology use to your students. Students have to see that technology isn’t just ‘for fun’ or just ‘for work’, but the two can be combined. When I started a 1 to 1 iPad program, most students only saw the iPad as a ‘games machine’. As the year progressed, they also started using the skills we learned in class at home, creating their own content and taking things further than class. This only made their skills stronger for when they returned and continued to use those skills in school. We always learn more when having fun and using technology the way we want to, owning our work.
The videos linked are some of my own videos, which show my development of editing, using titles and exploring different transitions (a big step up from iMovie.) The last two videos are some of the first I made at school. I started with a GoPro 4 and a Theta 360 camera. I now have a GoPro 7 and the Insta One X 360 and have upgraded to Filmora Wondershare 9. Which goes to another important idea of technology, the more you know, the more you want….and the more you want, the more you want (need?) to keep up with the newest gear. As you become more comfortable with what you are using, you will see the limitations and want to progress further. I am currently exploring the best way to use the Insta or GoPro to make ‘bullet time’ or centriphone videos.