Archive for the ‘Video in the Classroom’ Category

iMovie ’09 Bootcamp

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

If you’re in the Los Angeles area this summer, please join me for this year’s iMovie Bootcamp at the Los Angeles County Office of Education, July 20th and 21st.  Participants will learn how to use iMovie ’09 thoroughly, including advanced features like green screen and picture in picture, and have the opportunity to edit pre-shot footage, and put together their own public service announcements.

I start from the basics and repeat all directions more than once so this class is appropriate for both beginning and advanced users.

Please note that although I am well versed in iMovie ’11, the class will be conducted using iMovie ’09 to maximize compatibility and make use of existing LACOE resources.  There are only slight differences in the newer iMovie versions.  If you learn iMovie ’09 you will easily be able to pick up the newer version.  However, if you’re still using iMovie ’06, or even ’08, it’s definitely time for a refresher course…much has changed.

Hope to see you there.  The class is always full but there are a few slots open as of now.  Please introduce yourself as a blog reader if I see you there.

Please register here.

Update:  Registration is now full.  Thanks for signing up!

Royalty Free Photos, Music, and Video List (Updated)

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Here is my updated list of Royalty Free Resources for multimedia projects, including photo and music options.  I’ve also included this list as a permanent page on my blog, accessible on the right hand side under pages.  I’ve tried to list only options that I’ve actually used.

Most of these royalty free options require attribute i.e. credit to the author.  It’s always safest to credit the author somewhere in your project…a footnote in print materials, a credit in a movie, or a credit slide in a powerpoint are generally sufficient.

Royalty Free Images
a free product of Tech4Learning these are images donated for classroom use
I always start here in the classroom because there are no inappropriate images and the site is simple enough so that I have taught first graders to navigate it.

Free Images Donated by Photographers
This is my second destination when I can’t find what I’m looking for on pics4learning. They are not necessarily for educational use but are available free and taken by real photographers who are willing to share their images.

Flickr Creative Commons Images
has images taken by photographers of different abilities (amateur and professional) which you can use according to their Creative Commons license.

free images for web pages

free photos of “everything of earth”

iStock Photo – $2-3 a picture

If you still can’t find what you want or are going to use your images in commercial projects, why not pay $1 per photo and use the image legally? These site has pictures of almost anything you would want.


Free Image Database

NASA Images

Free Clip Art

Royalty Free Clip Art

More Royalty Free Images

Larry Ferlazzo’s List

Terry Roberts’ List

Royalty Free Music and Audio

Kevin Macleod
This guy has great movie music that’s easily searchable by mood and style. I don’t know how he makes a living cuz he’s giving good stuff away for free.

Free music selections.  Great stuff for movie soundtracks.

Purple Planet

Dig CC Mixer

Podsafe Audio
good stuff, great variety

Moby Gratis
Recording artist, Moby, makes some of his discarded tunes available free to filmmakers
(If you listen to the tracks, they’re mostly ambient, ephemeral pieces though I did find one I liked for my Film School for Video Podcasters project.)

royalty free stuff, though I sometimes suspect some of the “public domain” material really isn’t

Jonathan Roberts
interesting stuff that I didn’t use for my last project but might use in the future

Jimmy G
I didn’t find anything that I used from here but it’s another option. Requires registration.
This site contains music and video that is supposedly in the public domain…I have found a few examples on the web site that are not in the public domain and so I’m a little bit hesitant about using some of the material in video projects.  Nevertheless, this is a great web site with tons of material.

I haven’t used this site yet, navigation is not entirely intuitive

$99 a year for school site access to royalty free music

Sound Effects/Foley

Sound Effects
great site for sound effects


Absolute Sound Effects Archive

Free Sound Project

Additional List

by Larry Ferlazzo

Royalty Free Movies (search for moving images)

Public Domain Flicks

The Law and Additional Research Information

Fair Use Doctrine

Fair Use Comic Book

Fair Use in Media Education Guidelines

Is It In the Public Domain? Slider

Copyright for Teachers:  Persistent Myths

Barely Legal Radio Podcast

Steal This Preso:  Copyright, Fair Use, and Pirates in the Classroom


Video in the Classroom Carnival #6

Friday, April 8th, 2011

It’s time once again to highlight some of the best posts and resources I’ve seen in and around the blogosphere that feature video production and digital storytelling in the classroom.

Classroom Production Examples

Karen Thompson shared these movies by Cindy Huson which are a simple yet ingenious and amusing way of teaching vocabulary words.

Steve Katz has a fun video production of Paul Revere’s Ride, The Minutemen.

Ann Oro shares a sixth grade example explaining population density.

Brian Crosby has several examples of science demonstration films.

Classroom Struggles and Triumphs

Kevin Hodgson shares Scenes from a Digital Storytelling Project.  This post has several parts and they’re all worth reading.  Kevin shares with great honesty the process of making movies in class including problems of technology and classroom management.

Mr. Mayo connects his students via Skype to another classroom making movies to learn about the process  of filmmaking and posting those videos online. Anyone starting out with making video in the classroom can benefit from what the students themselves share about the process.

Silvia Tolisano of the Langwitches blog shares her experiences using a green screen in class.

Kids and Online Video

Dean Shareski explores the pain of a bullied students’ internet pleas in a post that speaks to the power of video as a form of communication sometimes more powerful than the written word.

On a related note:  Should you let teeny boppers be Youtube Stars?

Guides and Tutorials

Richard Byrne provides this free printable guide to making movies on the web.

Lifehacker offered a complete beginner’s guide to editing movies.

Showing Movies in Class

In a case of be careful what you wish for, special education teacher, Elona Hartjes shares what happens when her district finally unblocks Youtube and she struggles to develop an acceptable classroom policy.


7 Great Cell Phone Videos.  Use what you likely have readily available in your classrooms.

The Film Techniques of Alfred Hitchcock.  These are great.  You too can shoot like you know what you’re doing.

Here’s a late 90’s Beverly Hills high school musical version of Star Wars.  Great fun if you like Star Wars and musicals.

12 Gorgeously Designed Vimeo videos from Mashable.

Thank you to the teachers who’ve shared their work online for everyone to benefit.  Please feel free to share your own links in the comments.

Higher Level Technology Use

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

For my upcoming presentation, “Digital CPR:  Bring Your Reading Series to Life with Technology” for LAUSD’s Best Practices Conference on March 19th, I created this illustration which I will use to talk about higher level technology use.

I will talk about incorporating multimedia in the classroom as something all teachers should be doing but I definitely want teachers to know that they shouldn’t stop there.  To reach high levels of engagement, thinking, and to narrow the digital divide, teachers must turn technology over to students and guide them as they become their own content producers and influencers on the community outside the classroom.

To put it in more practical terms, if a teacher wants to hit all the levels of the “Technology Taxonomy” they can make sure that their students blog, podcast, and engage in video conferences.  I’ll talk about all three in my workshop.

If schools opt to make student writing and podcasts, password-protected then they prevent students from reaching the highest rung.

3 Ways to Download Movies from Youtube

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

download youtubeI decided to update my list of tools for downloading youtube movies because I’ve discovered some new favorite tools and others no longer work.

1.  The low-tech way.  Load the movie, close the laptop (but not the window) and bring the computer to school.  If you’re not comfortable with technology, this is the way for you.

2. This is always dependable though not quite instantaneous.  It requires little work on your part.  If you’re only downloading one or two movies, this is a great way to get movies.  This will also work from school if you already have the youtube address.  I explained how to use Zamzar here.

3.  Browser plugins.  If you’re going to download a lot of movies then I use Download Helper for Firefox or Download Youtube for Safari.  These place a button on your toolbar or the page itself to allow you to download youtube movies.  These are great if you’re going to download a lot of movies but they’ll only work from home (or a location where youtube is not blocked).