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Digital tools for video projects

February 05, 2020 by Nora Nagy

Video projects are not only great fun, but they are also excellent for language development. The many benefits of video projects include motivation, building confidence, developing presentation skills and collaboration. In our previous posts we suggested steps towards such video projects, and you can also see some examples from a recent video competition in Turkey.

This time we share some mobile apps and digital tools which will help you and your students carry out a video project. It is also a good idea to ask your students if they use some video making or editing apps.

If you are interested in teaching with digital tools and mobile learning activities, we recommend our resource book Mind the App! 2.0 written by Thomas Strasser. This book contains 57 activities with detailed descriptions of the apps to help you integrate them into your own teaching.

Making videos

You can easily create videos with the camera in your mobile phone or a video recorder. If you are working with a mobile phone, you can also use a video editing app.

Mobile apps

Desktop

If you are working on your laptop, you can use a wide range of software ranging from professional to more simple options. If you don't have access to one of the most widely used and professional video tools such as Adobe Pro, you can also try using the integrated video editing tool in your Windows Media Player.

You also use iMovie, Quik, KineMaster and PowerDirector on your computer.

Uploading and sharing videos

Once your students have created their videos, they will need to upload them to an easily manageable platform.

One easy way is to create an email address dedicated to the project and ask the students to send their videos to that email address. This way their privacy is protected and you can download the videos from there.

If you are working with a class and you are already using a platform such as WeeblyEdmodo or Google Classroom, you can open a project there where the students can upload their videos.

Presentation tools

Apart from making videos, more advanced students can also encourage your students to create online presentation videos with their slides, photos and voice over presentation. To create such a project, they can use PowerPoint on their computer. Another, more professional option is Snagit, a screen capture software.

Do you know any other tools which might be useful for such projects? Please share them in the comments below!

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