Time: 1.5 hours
Would I do it again? Yes
Today’s lesson was proudly brought to you by Neotel, and their amazing ability to be down at least twice a week, usually on a Tuesday, between 11-12 when I have booked out the ipads. This is how I usually react…
…but not today!
Fortunately for me, this was not the end of a few plastic routers lives, as earlier that week at our learning area meeting the topic of going back to basics and focusing on the core concepts was asked to be properly reinforced for the remainder of the term.
We have been learning about adjectives, verbs and nouns all year but I was struggling to get my girls (especially the weaker ones) to identify them in isolation. This I know to be true, seems to be a universal problem amongst foundation phase learners.
At that exact moment I realized that the life of the ipad, sitting infront of me was about to be no more, the age old saying of “tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand” popped into my head. And (under the circumstances) this idea became a somewhat meaningful lesson.
My girls were simply asked to make an educational video, that they would show the Grade 1’s to teach them about the Parts of Speech we had covered.
I gave a little demonstration covering the basics:
1. How to hold the ipad steady.
2. How to not cut off heads in different shots.
3. What kind of backgrounds they were looking for.
4. To make sure the area they were in was quiet and had as little background noise as possible.
Again, I did explain this, as you will see not all my helpful tips were taken seriously.
They also had to:
1. Create a Flow Map on the sequence of events in the film (If you use Thinking Maps)
2. Be in groups of 4
3. Each have a turn to act and film
4. Delegate the tasks required to complete in iMovie (Working Interdependently if you use Habits of Mind)
We used iMovie to string the clips together which is by far one of the easiest things to use on the Ipad (and free!) and I would say that it could be used right from Grade 1. We discussed what would be the best template to use and agreed that using the “simple” template would be best for an educational clip.
The lesson took about an hour and a half. Considering this was the first time most of them had used iMovie before this was an excellent turn around time for such an informative lesson.
But in the end they had loads of fun, it required very little prep from my side and the valuable skill of inserting, cropping and fading in clips were taught, as well as the reinforcement of the Parts of Speech. They all started to look a little something like this…
Give it a try, I think you will be surprised by the creativity and depth as to which they can go. A great way to “save the day” and can easily be applied across all grades in the foundation phase level.