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A creativity-infused classroom

In Lesson 3, we discussed the value of scaffolding media creation by implementing several media projects throughout the year. In Lesson 4, we discussed how to structure a media project for best results. The projects and design elements we have discussed so far invite students to make media as a culminating artifact to demonstrate learning over the course of a unit.

In addition to facilitating media projects, you can facilitate media making activities to make media creation a regular part of your teaching practice and enjoy the benefits of a creativity-infused classroom! 

Design your name

A fun media-making activity you can try is the Design Your Name creative challenge. Students create a motion graphic of their name using visual design to communicate their personality. Teachers can easily assign this activity from within the assignment library, and students can watch this tutorial to learn how to create motion graphics in WeVideo.

This is a great activity to use in the beginning of the year to help students learn each other's names and get to know each other as you forge your learning community. Other great community building assignments include this Me in Four activity and Where I'm From project. Of course, these activities can be used at any point in the school year as a fun, engaging way to teach valuable digital literacy skills while affirming students identities and reinforcing your classroom community.

Design Your Name

Ignite, explore, reflect

Weave creativity into classroom routines to keep them fresh and provide multiple means of expression to support all learners.

Take, for example, a simple "do now" writing prompt intended to activate prior knowledge. You can transform this routine into a creative activity by inviting students to visualize their thinking through creating a meme in WeVideo and publishing it as a GIF. Have students share their GIFs in small groups and discuss what they represent. 

Activate Prior Knowledge
As you work through a lesson or unit of study, inevitably, you're going to introduce key concepts and vocabulary. Infuse these routines with creativity by having students make media projects that represent these terms. Using the Frayer model, students can pair a video clip from the stock media library with text and/or a voice recording articulating the definition, characteristics, examples, and non-examples. 
Vocabulary Activity- 4 Quadrant Frayer Model
At the end of a lesson, check for understanding by having students create a short video or GIF as an exit ticket. Support metacognition by having students use the webcam to record a quick reflection on learning. 
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Participate in monthly WeVideo Creative Challenges

Another great way to make media creation a regular part of your classroom is to implement WeVideo's Creative Challenges!

A new creative challenge is published on the first of every month, and can be found on the here. Each challenge comes with everything you need to implement the activity in your classroom with little to no prep, including an example video, tutorial video, and activity in the assignment library. When students finish, submit their work for a chance to win prizes.

Here are a few examples of past creative challenges. You can always implement past creative challenges in your class, as a friendly competition between classes, or throughout your district.