Tools like Adobe Express, Canva, and good ol’ Animoto make it easy for students to quickly create videos. I often use these tools when introducing video production projects to teachers who have never attempted to have their students make videos. Here are three types of assignments that you can build around audio slideshow video tools.
Biographical/ Autobiographical Stories
Have students arrange a short audio slideshow about historical figures they’re learning about in your classroom. Canva and Adobe Express offer built-in image search tools that makes it easy for students to find public domain or Creative Common-licensed pictures.
Book Trailer Videos
In place of or in addition to a traditional book report have students create an audio slideshow video about books they’ve recently read. Students can use images they made or grab images from sites like Photos for Class and Pixabay to use in their videos.
Whether they’re studying current events or historical events students can create video timelines by arranging images into a sequence that demonstrates the development of a significant event. Ask students to layer text onto their images to include dates and descriptions.
But it’s too easy!
The knock against tools like these is that they make it “too easy” for students to make a video and that they don’t learn anything by making videos through these tools. As with most things in the world of edtech it’s not so much the complexity of the tool that matters, it’s the assignment that you give to students that matters.