Friday, May 7, 2010

My students' adventure with Dvolver

Some time ago, inspired by Nicky Hockley's talk at the Istek conference, I decided to introduce my 3rd grade students to Dvolver.

I showed them how to use the movie maker in the classroom and off we went to the computer lab.
Did they enjoy making their own movies? Absolutely!

I could wait for some time and show you polished and corrected versions of what they came up with. But how authentic would that be?

So here we are - below you can watch three movies created by my nine-year-old students without any help. They were allowed to use online dictionaries if necessary but I stayed away and observed.

(All the movies will probably start at the same time, so you might want to wait a minute and then choose the 'play again' option to watch them separately)

Movie 1:

Movie 2:

Movie 3:

Shall we continue making more movies?

Which one did you like best?

Thank you Nicky!


  1. Hi Anita,

    Great movies well done you and your students! I think these kinds of activties are a great way of motivating children. Often children can loose interest in English but if they have a positive experience as younger children learning a language they will hopefully go on to secondary education with a positive attitude towards language learning.

    A great way to help them with their English and to get them collaborating in pairs to produce a piece of written work. Much of primary teaching is concerned with teaching life skills as well as English.

    I'm going to give it a try with my kids and see what they can come up with.

  2. Hi Leahn,

    Great to see you here and thanks for the comment :)

    Dvolver is amazing and so simple to use! Do give it a try and let us know how it all went!