A. Instruction - 7
B. Design - 9.3
C. Engagement - 8.7
Renderforest: A Website for Creating Videos
Summary : Automating the Making of Videos
Renderforst allows users to create and share videos. To begin, users will need to register with the website, login, and then click the “Get Started” button. Users are then to select a template for their video, and Renderforest offers several options. Users can click a template to preview it and click the “Create” button to use it.
Renderforest will then load the workspace, and users must click the “Add Scene” button to get started. The website organizes scenes by type, and the options include Intro Logo Animations, Title Scenes, and Image and Video Scenes. After picking a scene, users must click the “Insert Scene” button to add it to their video. Next, users can click onto the scene to add text, videos, and images to it, as appropriate. When adding images or videos, users can either upload the content to the Renderforest website and insert it into the video or upload it directly to the video from their computer. The advantage to uploading content to the Renderforest website is that users can import it from Facebook, Google Drive, and Dropbox.
After adding scenes, users can modify the Style, Color, and Music for their video with the options on the top of the screen. When finished, users can click the “Preview” button to view their video. Depending on the length of the video, Renderforst does require a few moments to render it for previewing it, and depending on settings, the website will email users to notify them their video is complete. After previewing the video, users can make changes by clicking the “Back to Editing” button, or they can share it via social media, save it, or download it using the options on the top right of the screen. If users wish to make a new video, they can click the “Create More Videos” option.
Lastly, the website includes a “Gallery” option users can click to view videos created using Renderforest.
Please Note: If users choose the free option, their videos will contain a promotional tag and watermark. To remove these features from their video, users will need to upgrade their subscription.
Instructional Ideas for Renderforst
- To get started, teachers can organize a “Think-Pair-Share” activity using this website to familiarize students with it. To do so, the “Think” component can be completed by having students click the “Gallery” option on this website and provide time for them to view the different videos posted to it. As they view the videos, teachers can have students record the features they liked, innovative ideas for creating videos, and features that were distracting. For the “Pair” component, teachers can have students meet with a classmate to compare their notes. Finally, the “Share” can be completed by the teacher facilitating a whole class conversation where students exchange their ideas and examples they viewed with the whole class. This activity will work as a springboard for students to use the website to complete other assignments.
- To share videos in class, students can download their completed video and then upload it to Padlet. Their classmates can then view the video and offer them feedback about what they liked and what could be improved.
- To familiarize students with Renderforest, teachers can have students create a “Day-In-The-Life” video. To create it, students can take pictures using a digital camera or their cell phone to chronicle the events of their day-to-day life and upload those images to this website. Next, students can organize the pictures into scenes in Renderforst and add captions when appropriate. If students need filler images, they can download royalty free images from Pixabay. Students can then complete their videos and upload them to a class website to share them and for the teacher to grade them.
- Teachers can craft assignments that require students to create videos that are biographies, documentaries, narratives, advertisements, or something similar. After students have add content to their video, they can show its preview to a classmate, and the classmate can offer them feedback about the video’s strengths and ideas for improvements. The student who created the video can make revisions to it and then repeat the feedback process with another student. When finished, students can download their video and then upload it to a class website.
- As part of a technology component included in a class, teachers can have students experiment with making a video using this website, Kizoa, Biteable, or Stupeflix. Next, teachers can facilitate a whole class conversation by asking students: (1) Which website do you prefer to use for making movies?, (2) What are the strengths and shortcomings of the website you picked?, and (3) What is one project you would like to complete using this website? Afterwards, teachers can have students select one of the websites and use it complete an assignment.
|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|
Screenshots of Renderforest