Students create a video clip with pictures, videos, interviews and bloopers and outtakes with classmates and teachers about a specific project done in class or a special event which took place at school. This is an excellent way to reflect on the learning process (especially through the interviews) and a good keepsake for students which they love having, watching and sharing. It is also useful to be used with future students so that they see the work done by “real” people like them. Bloopers and outtakes are really funny and add enjoyment to the final product.
A modern dictionary for a modern audience through video for all. Learners create a video about a word or expression of their choice using signs, written examples in context, providing a definition of the word, acting to illustrate the word in context or describing what a word means to them, illustrating it with personal experiences.
Students created a video to promote their language and culture.This video encourages people to speak Basque and not set it aside. Teachers in the video encourage everyone to speak Basque at school, with friends and with the family and to enjoy speaking that language. Besides launching this message, they are celebrating Ikastola’s Day. Every year, the Basque community create a new video with the same topic.
This is a talking head video, where most of the screen is taken up with the image of the person introducing themselves. Made as part of a virtual exchange collaboration between students of German at Warwick University Language Centre and students of Media in Stuttgart. Connecting using Google+, the students scripted and created short video clips which they exchanged on their G+ community page.
This recording of researcher Robert O’Dowd presenting his description of the skills necessary for teachers to facilitate Online intercultural Exchange (OIE) was part of an online conference which was organised and hosted by the Language Centre at the University of Warwick. Recording a webinar or event is a great way of sharing afterwards and allows more people to review and respond to the content.
This is a screen cast where the teacher has created a simple mini grammar lesson. The teacher has noticed there are problems with a certain grammar rule and simply written out some examples in Microsoft Word and then used a screen cast technology to record themselves going over the rule. It is very quick to make and requires minimum technological skills. The teacher can send the video to the students or put it on a blog, wiki or on the virtual learning environment of the school or institution.
The teacher simply marks out the area of the screen and clicks a button. Whatever is under the marked area will be recorded as a video along with the voice. It makes no difference to the screen cast tool what is on the screen. It simply records the area that has been marked out. This particular example was used using SnagIt. There are also other solutions such as ScreenR and JING.
Learners can produce news articles (one clip about one topic) or full news programmes (a collection of news articles) based on their own topics – news from the school, events, trips, local topics. Opportunities to exmplore the many roles involved in news preparation and presenting. Focus: writing of factual script; presentation in front of the camera. News programmes will help the writing skills and presentation skills (pronunciation) while additionally giving an insight into the production of TV news.
Learners can produce their own script making up a story according to their level. Create a puppet show means not only inventing a story, but also creating up characters, studying their way of speaking and their relationships. Speaking as someone other than ourselves, a puppet in this case, means you can say unusual things and communicate in unexpected situations. Hungry puppets go out and about to find food. Real objects and settings can be used to give an authentic touch to vocabulary. This example uses both English and German.
Creating music clips – with guidelines produced by the PopuLLar project. PopuLLar is a very successful European funded project that uses popular music, video and languages to motivate language learning. Secondary students work, mainly autonomously, to select, write, direct, act, video and edit their song productions. Over 65 videos have been produced by students so far and the project continues.