Saturday, December 20th, 2008...6:00 pm
Create a Trailer for Upcoming Class Topics
In my previous post I mentioned that Animoto is great for increasing student interest in topics you cover in class (but not so great for teaching them the actual content).
My students thought I was the coolest teacher ever when I showed them this Animoto trailer I created for our upcoming celebration of Darwin Day:
When they get back from break I’ll show them the trailer for my special Valentine’s Day lesson, The Biology of Love:
Yes, I know both these songs are copyrighted and I’m being a bit baaaaddd by using them, but I don’t think you’ll capture students’ attention by using songs they don’t know. It’s possible I can find some really great creative commons songs to use and I intend on looking for them. But, c’mon! I can’t think of any song cool enough to represent Darwin besides an ACDC song. Does Fair Use work here? I used more than 10% of each song. I need to research that. Does anyone know?
It doesn’t matter if I don’t publish them online I guess, but I like the idea of being able to publish them online where my students can access them later.
Anyway, for those who are wondering about each of the trailers and what I have planned for both special days, I haven’t planned out the Darwin Day presentation, yet. But, my Biology of Love lesson is on slideshare.
It’s pretty infamous. Last year it was the Slideshare of the Day for about two weeks and it’s been downloaded 952 times. I’m unabashedly proud of it. The videos I show aren’t embedded in the slideshare, but most of the presentation is shown. It’s my favorite presentation of the whole year. Can you tell?