Monday, December 30, 2013

Exemplars and Resources: Video Projects as Presentations

Video Projects as Presentations
As video and multimedia becomes an increasing important and standard medium for information in our lives and the lives of our students, it is important for us to help our students develop the skills necessary to generate powerful presentations. Crafting and delivering a powerful message incorporates a wide variety of skills our students already need to succeed in today's world including ; research, critical thinking, writing, and production.

One of the issues teachers often face when developing an assignment involving student generated multimedia projects is finding exemplars. Drew Skau, a Visualization Architect at Visual.ly and a PhD Computer Science Visualization student at UNCC with an undergraduate degree in Architecture, has compiled the following list of The 20 Most Powerful Storytelling Videos of 2013

While these presentations are obviously of high caliber, generated by talented individuals, they serve as  amazing examples of what we want our students to emulate.

If you are looking for additional tools for multimedia projects for your students, consider the following:

  • Prezi   A web-based presentation tools that offers a seamless single canvas. There are 42 new easy-to-use templates, sixteen new fonts, and the ability to bold and italicize to help emphasize the key parts to their audience.
  • WeVideo Google Chrome App, WeVideo allows users to make video content both on and offline. Projects are stored and accessible through the Google Drive.
  • Pixlr Editor Google Chrome App, fully web-based photo editor. Some of the tools included are, red eye reduction, spot heal tool, drawing tools, clone tools, sharpen and blur tools and many more.
  • Sound Cloud A Google Chrome App, the ability to record, upload and share (privately or publicly) make SoundCloud a great, easy to use tool.

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