Home Work by Slightly Everything on Flickr
I have been busy looking for video clips again, following my recent post of ten clips that you could use to get your class writing. I would add of course that simply watching a video is not enough, the shared talk and writing around the clip is key to the end result, namely work your class will be keen to read aloud or blog about.
Furthermore, clips like these could lead to more than just a written piece, they offer opportunities for digital presentations and tribute animations themselves . Remember to embed videos in a blog or VLE, rather than asking children to visit Vimeo directly. All of these videos have been watched and though I deem them appropriate you may disagree. It is of course always essential to watch anything before you show it to your class!
Little Boat from nelson boles on Vimeo.
From the time teachers first viewed The Piano by Aidan Gibbons on a training course, it suddenly became legitimate to use short independent film to inspire writing. Films like the Piano are perfect for lessons as they are often:
- Emotive and thought-provoking
- Aesthetic - the animation is often captivating and of high quality
- Short and therefore easy for children to take in and teachers to build questioning around
- Original – as the children have not seen the film before they do not come at the clip with expectations or baggage.
I love finding clips which I use with my class as a weekly alternative to class story. Alternatively I use a well-chosen piece as part of our literacy work for a way into poetry or story writing.
I have also found that embedding a clip on our class blog has led to some excellent review writing.
Though I have watched these myself and feel they are appropriate to use in class, I do advise you to watch any of these clips all the way through and make up your own mind.
I would also advise trying to download these clips individually, rather than relying on viewing them in this rather long
CREATE – A stop motion short by Dan MacKenzie from Dan MacKenzie on Vimeo.