My name is Kim Dinsmore, and I have taught the past nine years in Boundary County, Idaho, three years in kindergarten and six years in second grade. I live with my husband Tony and son Ethan. We have two spoiled Australian Shepherds and one very spoiled black cat. My other son, Jeremiah, lives in Sunnyvale CA. I love writing, reading non-fiction, and playing card games with my friends. I am webmaster for my local school, and I am on the technology committee in my school district. I completed a Master’s program in educational technology in 2012, but I have been using technology in the classroom for many years. I love using new web tools to enhance my instruction and engage my students. My current focus has been producing videos with my students. This year we have done an anti-bullying video called Brave and are currently working on another fun school promotional called “What does Valley View Say?” This summer, I will be running a technology camp with a focus on video production and Minecraft. I am by no means a professional videographer, but I love to learn new things and will continue to improve this craft for years to come.
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My name is Heidi Roycroft and my experience with video production has been with small projects using Animoto and iMovie. These were made with family pictures and video clips. I have used Animoto with middle school students and would like to do real movie editing with them. At school I have Windows Movie Maker but at home I work on a Mac.
Part two: I think video production should be included in school because of all the things Kim said and also because I want students to develop their sense of voice. I think that maybe kids who struggle with writing (which is so many of our boys) will have an easier time with their point of view and expression of voice when they use the medium of video. Video is becoming such a primary learning tool that I also think there is value in learning how the art and the technology combine so they are better consumers of videos.
Welcome Heidi! You are very right about boys. My son made little movie reviews with our video camera for his book reports in eighth grade. He talked about the book and acted out his favorite parts. He loved it, and so did his teacher!