A. Instruction - 6.8
B. Design - 6
C. Engagement - 7.4
Cameo: An App for Making Videos
Summary : A Quick Way to Create Videos
Cameo allows users to quickly create movies with their iPad. When first launching Cameo, users must register. Next, users have five options that include Record, Cameo, Following, Activity, and Profile. To use the “Record” option, users tap the red “Record” button on the bottom of the screen, turn their iPad horizontally, tap the “Record” button again, and shoot a clip. Cameo will then upload the clip, and users can add a title, shoot another clip, add music and text, and arrange and edit the clips to create their movie. To access these options, users must tap the “gear” button on the top right of the screen. Once finalized, users can share their movies by publishing them to Cameo. The “Cameo” option lets users view featured movies made by other users and browse all movies that have been uploaded to Cameo. The “Following” option lets users add fellow Cameo users to see when they create and upload new videos. The “Activity” option lets users track how many times their videos were viewed, and the “Profile” lets users modify their password, keep track of who they are following and who is following them, access the Frequently Asked Questions page, and contact Cameo.
- Instead of a traditional research paper, teachers can allow students to create a video with this app instead. Or, teachers can allow students to create a video as an extra-credit option. In either scenario, students are to create videos that communicate important information about the topic they were assigned to research.
- Instead of a static presentation made by an app such as PowerPoint or Prezi, teachers can allow students to create a video with this app as an alternative. Or, teachers can require students to make both a static presentation of a topic and a video version of the topic using this app.
- After reading a narrative text, students can create a movie version of it using this app. Or, after reading a non-fiction text, students can explain the text’s main idea in a movie created with this app.
- To support students in making quality videos with this app, teachers can develop students’ critique skills. To do so, teachers can connect their iPad to a projector and show students different videos made with this app. After each video, teachers can facilitate a critical discussion of it by asking: (1) What qualities made this video effective? (2) How could this video be improved? (3) Did the music fit the video’s content? (4) Would you say this video was more powerful or more cliché? (5) If you could change one thing about this video, what would it be? Students can respond to these prompts orally or in writing.
- After students become familiar with this app and other movie-making apps such as ArcSoft ShowBiz, Animoto, and Qwiki for iPhone, teachers can have students shoot the same video in two or more of the apps. Next, teachers can have students explain which app(s) they prefer. Students’ explanations can be written or be made into a movie using one of the aforementioned apps!
|A2. 21st Century Skills|
|A3. Conn. to Future Learning|
|A4. Value of Errors|
|A5. Feedback to Teacher|
|A6. Level of Material|
|A7. Cooperative Learning|
|A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.|
|B1. Ability to Save Progress|
|B2. Platform Integration|
|B3. Screen Design|
|B4. Ease of Use|
|B6. Goal Orientation|
|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|
|C1. Learner Control|