Thursday, April 24, 2014

6 Words 6 Shots Project

This is a kickstarter overview of how to make the 6 Words 6 Shots iMovie Project with text, images, and music.

The video below is on SchoolTube. If you have access to YouTube at this time, you can watch a better, high definition version of it by clicking here.

In creating your movie, you need to:
  • gather images that match your 6 words then
  • create title events for each of your words and images and then
  • incorporate appropriate music.

Use the royalty free image list you have been given to find pictures to match your 6 words. A good source for this is

If you use Google Image Search for your shots, you need to:
  • record where you found the image and
  • give credit for it on your credits page.

You also need to make sure the images won’t be blurry, so be sure to only use large, quality graphics. You can do this by doing your search, then
  • Click “Search tools” then
  • Click “size” and then
  • Choose “large”

Try using the tilde ~ character between your search terms. This assures the terms you are searching for will be in close proximity, improving the quality of your results.

Try to find images with different angles or positions to add dynamism to your movie.

Save all your collected images in your Google Drive or in your file server space.

Once you have come up with your 6 words and gathered your 6 images, you need to make events in iMovie:
  • Start iMovie and pick File->New Project
  • Name your project your first initial last name AND your idol’s name (i.e., KKindt Shakespeare)
  • Create a title event that has the name of your idol and your name by clicking Window->Titles (Don’t worry about the background because you’re going to replace it with an image later.)
  • Continue to use Titles to type your 6 words so that each is its own event.
  • End with a credit event on which you list all of your sources for images and music.
  • Each event should take 6 seconds or less. You can change how long the event is by double clicking it and changing the duration.

Once you have these events created in iMovie, it is time to place your images:
  • Drag and drop your images to the appropriate events.
  • You will want to “Replace” the background of the event when it asks you.
Use the royalty free music list you have been given to find music that suits the tone of your words. One really good source is MP3s work best with iMovie.

Be sure to include credit for your source of music.

Once you have the music downloaded, drag and drop it into your movie. It will scale to fit your events.
Once you have finished making your movie, you need to submit it to your teacher.
  • Click Share->Export Movie and then
  • In the Export As box name your movie using your first initial and last name and name of your idol (i.e., KKindt Shakespeare) and then
  • Be sure to note where you are saving it and click Export and then
  • Locate your exported movie and copy it to your teacher’s drop box on the file server

Monday, April 7, 2014

E-books are going to destroy literacy!

Just kidding.

But if you read the headline of the article in Education Week entitled Early Concerns about E-Books' Effect on Reading Comprehension and just skim the article, you might think it's true. The problem? The research is faulty. The researchers compare apples to oranges. They compare students reading a text in a traditional paper version and then reading material in a fancy e-book that has video and audio and other bells and whistles. And guess what? Kids got more out of the traditional paper version, as far as reading comprehension. It's like having you drive somewhere alone and then having you drive somewhere with me in the passenger seat screaming at you and throwing things at you while you drive and then being surprised that your driving is not as good with me in the car. No kidding.

So what should these researchers have done to create a true comparison with real data we can use? Have students read a pure textbook on paper. Have them read it on a tablet. The same text. The same words. No fancy movies or extra bells and whistles. How much do you want to bet they get the same reading comprehension out of both?

This article may be an argument for not replacing pure textbooks with fancy e-book versions. We may still need the pure text textbooks on tablets. That I can agree with!