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G o Wild with Videos in the Classroom
St udents love nature. ey love comput- National Geographic
e rs, and they love media. Why not have site. e video cannot
t hem create shortdocumentariesabout be downloaded, so a teac
c heetahs, water lizards, polar bears, and more
u singrealvideofootage, authenticsounds,
What? Your kidsdon”tknowhowto make
videos? You don’t know where to get the media for the her
would need to write down
the numbers and create
links on a Web page for parents
and students to view their creations.
Students can preview the animal clips and make a short
lm? Well, let National Geographic ( http://animals.nation- video or two to try the site out. Once they are comfortable
algeographic.com/animals/article/ lmmaker.html) step in with it, they can do some research on the animal of choice
and save the day. Enter the Wildlife Filmmaker. Your kids and return to the site to make their own Animal Planet
do not need to be professionals, but documentary short. ey will gain some great skills using
they just might turn into them. Using the video time line window on the site. It is very much like
drag-and-drop technology, National so ware programs such as Windows MovieMaker, Apple’s
Geographic has done a wonderful job iMovie, or the more advanced Apple Final Cut Studio we
of simplifying the process for teachers. use in our high school.
e students will b e given a code al-
lowing them to retrieve the videos once —Scott S. Floyd is the district technology curriculum specialist for White
Oak Independent School District in White Oak, Texas. He previously
they are completed, which means they worked as a classroom teacher for 10 years, mostly teaching middle school
can bring it back up and play it in the reading, English, and gi ed and talented students.
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