Monday, April 21, 2014

4th Graders Celebrate School Library Month By Creating Animoto Videos!!

April is School Library Month, and today 4th grade students created short video clips using the Animoto app to celebrate our beautiful Oak Hills library! When I began planning this project for students, I really wondered what they would focus on as they created their videos. I tried not to guide their focus as I wanted their genuine responses.  I can't deny, I was hoping they would view our library as more than a collection of books. Don't get me wrong, if our library keeps students finding and reading good books, that is certainly a noble cause. But I was hoping my students would see it as a place for them to share their ideas and creatively demonstrate their learning.  Since fourth graders don't tend to use these lofty phrases to describe their learning, I knew there was a chance I was setting myself up for disappointment...but I was hoping.

I couldn't be more delighted with their videos! Check out a few examples of their creations!! My fourth graders are so insightful and funny, and the Animoto app gives their ideas such a beautiful voice!  I only wish I had guided them to make them a little longer...I was enjoying them so much!

On a quick side note, Jeff Kinney, New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series was named the national spokesperson. His book also just won the Oak Hills Elementary March Madness Tournament of Books bracket!  What a year for Mr. Kinney!  Spokesperson for National School Library Month and our OHE March Madness winner!! Two great honors!