So I've been in NYC all week--and actually am here till Saturday!--for a Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History seminar over the Civil War and multimedia. While I'll probably blog later with all of the activities and some pics, I wanted to write up a quick post with the video I've been working on all week as my big "multimedia" Civil War project for this seminar.
We are viewing all of our 3 to 5 minute videos tomorrow (there's about 25 other middle and high school social studies teachers here from across the country), but I went ahead and popped mine on YouTube so I could embed it here for your viewing pleasure.
Basically we were to create a video about something in the Civil War. This is a project (with a little bit more structure and guidance :) that we can have our students create on computers during the school year for their Civil War (or any part of history!) unit. I did something very similar last year when we looked at the Maya, Inca, and Aztecs (my kiddos created movie trailers for the civilization they had), so I had a little bit of background and head start with the kind of project they were looking for us to create to use as an example in our classroom of this type of project. Anyways, after working on it here and there all week (using a lot of the pictures and ideas from the lectures we've had), this is what I've come up with. I used the Walt Whitman poem "O Captain My Captain!" as the basis for this roughly 5 minute movie. Check it out...and let me know what you think! Enjoy! :)