28 November 2006 at 10.15
|Using film-making and animation in lessons|
MFL teacher and ICT expert Joe Dale investigates the potential of film-making and animation in the classroom
To celebrate the filmmaking skills of the students, Mark organises a PiE film festival every year. In addition to traditional categories such as Best Actor and Actress in a Lead or supporting role, there is also 'Nastiest Villain', 'Most Romantic Moment' and 'Game for a Laugh Award'.
Lesley Haggar-Vaughan, Assistant Headteacher at Shireland City Learning Centre and advocate of using digital media as a way of supporting language learning, recommends I Can Animate software as:
Microsoft Gif Animator is a simple tool for making moving sequences or animated gifs from a set of static image files. Here are some instructions on how to put one together.
Animations don't have to be very complicated to be effective. I wouldn't describe my ER verb endings example above as being particularly revolutionary, but it does fulfil a purpose i.e. reminding pupils of an essential point of grammar.