Project Description

Have students create a one-minute video about a concept they have been studying, a cultural situation they have encountered, or anything else of interest to them.

Project Examples

Blind Before Yesterday - One minute cell phone video. Does the video evoke any questions in your mind? How does the statement at the end of this one minute cell phone video change your understanding of the "concept" this student was attempting to capture? How does it relate to the title of the video? What do you think happened to this "student" yesterday? Does it have the potential to provoke the viewer to action? - chericem1 chericem1

Cell Flix Festival - Online film festival for one-minute movies made with cell phones - chericem1 chericem1

Demographic - One minute cell phone video example of what this project could look like - chericem1 chericem1

On Second Thought - One minute video created on a cell phone that offers a wordless example of what this project might entail [[user:chericem1]Los mandatos - A short music video made by students to reinforce the grammar rules for making commands in Spanish (although this lasts more than one minute, it provides an example of how this project could be used to further grammatical aims

2005 My Hero Short Film Festival - This site will take you to a selection of documentary shorts created by students and their teachers that highlight the heroic actions of children from around the world.

One Minutes Jr. RTE - A collection of one-minute videos in a variety of languages from countries around the world made by students ages 12-20. These can be accessed by category, by country, or by topic. They should be previewed prior to use in the classroom as the content of several is highly inappropriate for classroom use. A great source of culturally authentic perspectives.

Video Gallery - Videos made by kids in Canada (in English and French) - many are longer than a minute, though

- Cute video, in Spanish with Spanish subtitles, in which a guy goes around selling dreams on public buses and discusses his "career" with his grandmother, who has retired from the same career. Students could generate ideas for similar, non-existent careers. They could also practice telling the story (using preterit v. imperfect) of how their dreams came true as a post-viewing activity. Also, lots of opportunities to discuss cultural elements of the video, such as the use of "vos" (This one is 10 minutes, not one minute, but you could ask students how they might cut it down)

Project Tools

  • AnimotoLogo.jpg - Upload images and the software will analyze them, suggest music, and remix them to create an interesting video collage that you can share with others - chericem1 chericem1

  • bubblePLY_logo.gif - Allows you to add speech and thought bubbles to any online video. Great for drawing students' attention to specific features of a video clip, for encouraging them to use their language skills to comment on the content of the video by having them insert them - chericem1 chericem1

  • PikistripsLogo.png - Allows you to drag and drop photos and text to tell stories in a comic book format - chericem1 chericem1

  • Dandelife - Allows you to mash up blogs, photos, videos . . . produces a really interesting chronological, visual time line of your posts - chericem1 chericem1

  • OurStoryLogo.jpg - FANTASTIC - upload text, photos, and videos into a simple interface to produce a chronologically sequenced timeline. Can collaborate with others, customize, and share. Choose a type of album, answer questions, it generates for you - chericem1 chericem1

  • SlideStoryLogo.png - Allows you to overlay audio narration onto a slideshow - chericem1 chericem1

  • ToufeeLogo.gif - Upload video, add flash animations and effects . . .similar to Bubbleply - chericem1 chericem1

  • ViddlerLogo.jpg - Allows you to upload up to 500 MB of video directly from the camera to the website, insert timed comments, tags, and share with others - chericem1 chericem1

  • VoicethreadLogo.jpg- Easy way to connect photos and voices--particularly useful for emphasizingAl language without ignoring visual (in FL classes, for example). Would also be great for capturing family history - chericem1 chericem1

Low-tech Alternative

Have students use a standard video camera, or simply perform this as a skit in class.