An iNimating Experience

Over the past year it has been a real treat to be involved with the Erasmus + project, iNmation in Clay. The project is a collaboration between schools from The Åland Islands, Catalonia, England, Lithuania, Poland and Turkey, where teachers and students get a chance to explore cultural aspects of each country, learning skills as they go, in order to create a combined stop frame animation film.The week this international delegation have been in Accrington, England where they have been learning filming and editing techniques. I was fortunate enough to be invited to run a showcase looking at shot types and the meaning behind them. I wanted to make the workshops as interactive as possible so new tech was at the forefront of facilitating the three hours that I had.

Apple TV – Visualising Shots

An easy way to demonstrate each shot type to students is using Apple TV. Before this technology I had to hook up a video camera to the whiteboard which was laborious and awkward. Putting my iPad into camera mode and embarrassing some reluctant volunteers made it easy to explain each shot type and demonstrate how to take them.

And For My Next Trick… …Aurasma! 

 Bringing the wow factor into the workshop to engage and inspire students worked well using Aurasma. As students scanned still images of film clips they came to life on screen, with an explanation of why each shot type was used. The augmented reality was a hook into a memorable learning experience.

My Faithful Favourite, Kahoot

In order to assess the learning so far and to create a competitive edge to the workshop, Kahoot helped to continue to buzz about the place, pitting each table against each other in an interactive quiz. The preparation time is minimal and the execution highly rewarding, when you see students comparing their scores and feeling like they are part of a TV game show. I quizzed the group on shot types from famous films, with some fun shots thrown in for engaging edutainment.

Applying Through Adobe Voice  

This digital storytelling app is very intuitive with a high production value feel to it. Working in groups, students were able to take a series of photos using their iPads to tell a story. They then stitched these photos together in Adobe Voice, where they could record their own voice over, select a theme for their story and add a soundtrack. Using Apple TV, we could then play each team’s story back to the entire group to celebrate their successes.  

 I see real potential in using Adobe voice in learning a language. Being able to add in pictures, give them meaning through a voice over, and create a high end video can excite students to develop their skill set.

Wrapping up With Padlet

To finish, Padlet was a great AFL tool to see how the group collectively thought the workshops went and to share these ideas with the entire class all at once. Students found it easy to scan a QR code to find the Padlet wall and add their own thoughts for others to see. 

 All in all, a great day. How I wish I could have spent the whole week with the Erasmus + gang, but I’m sure that there will be opportunity for more international collaboration in the future.

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