These days everybody wants to be a YouTube star! My students spend all evenings looking at YouTube, and nothing can engage them more than the very idea that they might end up on YouTube! An excellent way to turn engagement up is to let the students make clips that look professional and really, really cool! Flexclip is a free tool, and the students can use their Google accounts to log in, so there is no GDPR-problem!
These days, the simple 2-dimensional ad is as good as dead. Everywhere, we are surrounded by short films that display different messages. Videos, text and audio are put together not only to display information but also to invoke a certain feeling as you watch it. Sometimes the ads provide a sense of warning and importance. Others portray a joyful announcement or an invitation. The important thing is that this is the way to express any kind of message in the future.
These expressions are called "multimodality", which means the ability to formulate a well-written text on a piece of paper and give a message that gives a reaction. Students today need to practice these expressions in an artful way and learn about the legislation that comes with it in the form of copyright and so forth.
I have recently fallen in love with a new service called Flexclip! They make multimodality as easy as creating a Powerpoint, and the best part is that there is so much available in the free version! On Flexclip, I can create information for my students, or even better - let the students communicate their chosen message in a way that works in 2020.
There is an extensive library of materials to choose from, but you can also upload pictures, movie clips and music to make it your very own. This could become a fantastic project for the school and the school library together (I always suggest that kind of cooperation!). The students will learn how to publish, what they may publish, what copyright is and how to use licenses on the internet (if you are not a copyright expert, the local library can probably help you out - they love that kind of stuff!).
Here is an example of a trailer for an upcoming book project!
I am the technician who became a librarian, but who got tired of the quiet and peaceful life at the library and started working as a teacher. I brought with me everything I knew about databases, information retrieval and networks and soon I was an ICT-educator. Today, I work as a teacher at Komvux in Norrköping.
I have always had a nerdy great interest in technology. I can find interest in everything from robots to model railroads or the steel industry of the industrial revolution. Technology should take us forward and prevent us from everything boring. You need to dare to be somewhat lazy and ask yourself if there is no easier way to get something done. The human desire to get away is what has driven the technical development and find time for other things. Like model railroads, for instance!
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