(#3 Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition). Why showcase student work? Positive reinforcement is a powerful motivator, and students tend to produce higher quality work when they know other people will see it (including their parents). Teachers have been showcasing student work in a variety of ways for a long time, from posting work in the hallways to more recently using student-created websites, blogs, and ePortfolios. Not every option for showcasing student work needs to be digital, but if we neglect to include those options, we don't prepare students for the increasingly digital world they'll inherit after graduation. The option and method below involves using four apps and/or services, iMovie, Dropbox, School World Teacher Sites, and Dropitto.me, and results in an online showcase of student-created videos.
Mary McCatherine of Lampasas Middle School worked with her 7th Grade Reading class to create and post links to videos based on their I Am Poems (see them here). Students wrote their I Am Poems and then used the iMovie App to create a video that associated images and music with each line of their poem. Once the videos were created in iMovie, students exported them to the iPad's camera roll. Once in the cmaera roll, students went to Mrs. McCatherine's Dropitto.me site using the iPad's regular web browsing app (Safari) and were able to browse to their videos and upload them straight into her Dropbox account.
Dropitto.me is a particularly effective service for working with videos created on iPads: multiple students can be independently and simultaneously uploading videos into the teacher's Dropbox account...all students have to do is go to the web address the teacher provides (www.dropitto.me/user), enter an upload password, and browse to their video in the camera roll.
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