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Making a doodle video with your class

Doodle songs/videos are a great activity you can do with your class! They really promote contextualized learning and motivate students because you have a final product and of course - there is music!

 

I was asked by a member for some info. about creating one - so in the name of education, here is my simple guide. A few short steps and tips.

First, what is a doodle video? Well, it is simply drawings that support the lyrics of the song. Students make the drawings and then they are each photographed and put together with the music to make a video. See all the doodle videos we have HERE. I also recommend the doodle video folder in our A/V player - some great songs there.Project Peace actually is a doodle video of a sort too, see examples there.

This is probably the most popular doodle video on EFL Classroom 2.0. No doubt because the students are from a design H.S.!

So, how to make one?


1. Choose a song.

This isn't such an easy thing! Find out what your students like/want and balance that with a song that has repetition (for learning) and also isn't so fast. A fast song doesn't work too well because the images/words flash by so so fast. "I gotta feeling" works because it follows these few simple selection rules.

2. Learn the Song.

Also important, don't get ahead of yourself! Students should learn the song with a song sheet or if you are ambitious, make a karaoke or find a "subbed" version on youtube. The students should be familiar with the song. Then, show them a doodle video and tell your class, you are going to turn the song into a doodle!

3. Get organized - Get drawing!

A good tip here is to pair students up. Number each line of the song and put the number and the lyric line, on the back of each piece of A4 paper (so you can keep track- Very Important!). Give each pair or student, a line of the song and ask them to draw a picture to help show the meaning of the line.

Another tip. Get the students to fold the bottom of the piece of paper and write their lyric line there, nice and big, in clear print. The picture goes above. This will save you from having to put subtitles on when you make the video. It will save you time - BIG time and also make a more attractive video.

Monitor, encourage and get the doodle pictures done!

4. Camera and Production time!

After you have all the pictures finished in order (and note, lines that repeat mean the picture could have on the back and represent line 6,7,8 - for example) - take out your camera and take a photo of each. Put the doodle on a nice clear background and make sure the lighting is good. Even get a student to do this for you! I'm a clutz with a camera and my students do a much better job. Even get them making the video if possible!

Yes, now that you have the photos - upload them to your computer. Now, it is time to make the video.

a) Open up Windows Movie Maker - a free program on every PC computer. Click START and then select this little icon. If you have Windows 7, WMM won't automatically be on your computer - you'll have to download and install it yourself. Go HERE. Microsoft has a great tutorial site for using WMM and also visit the WMM forum for tips.
b) Now you will have to put the photos into WMM, add the mp3 file of the song and then "sync" or "time" them both together. Finally, "Produce" as a movie. Produce as an mp4 or Avi, these are the better quality and most sharable formats. This process isn't as hard as you think. In the name of brevity - watch this tutorial video on how to do this in WMM or get a colleague to help. As mentioned, get your students making the video if possible! It is their creation and they probably have skills way beyond the teacher (many do).
5. Watch, Share, Enjoy!

Put it up here on EFL Classroom 2.0 and your school's website. Get many students watching it. They will learn English as they enjoy it. Also take a lookat this description of making a doodle video.

To end - here is probably the video that started the whole "doodle" craze. If you haven't seen it previously, enjoy!

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Tags: doodle, doodle_video, drawing, tutorial, windows_movie_maker, wmm


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Comment by Ariana Carlson on September 14, 2010 at 5:17am
Thank you so much! I'm going to try it today with my 3/4 grade advanced elementary class. Hopefully, the song I picked works. It will be a perfect project though, since we just started the new term and not everyone will have a book until next week. Wish me luck. And thanks for the instructions. I will go home and put them to work immediately:)
Comment by Ellen Pham on September 14, 2010 at 5:42am
I'd use a scanner instead of a camera if one is available. I've got one built into my printer. Much easier than trying to take good, uniform photographs!

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Comment by ddeubel on September 14, 2010 at 8:06am
Ellen,

You are probably right about the scanner BUT I say rely on a camera because they are much better at taking these kind of pics these days and two - in the name of brevity. Teachers are busy and this is probably the quickest way to do it. But yeah, if you got a hi res scanner and want to go for quality - you are right!
Comment by Ellen Pham on September 14, 2010 at 4:47pm
Oh David, I've used both A LOT, and if you are fussy about getting things even, having dimensions the same, etc, a scanner is so much quicker and easier! And the quality is superior as there is no reflected light, etc.

You don't need to do hi res, either- 150-300 dpi is probably fine. Maybe you feel it's quicker because you don't have to open an imaging program? But what about all those skewed pics? :D I have to throw them into photoshop anyway, I just can't stand it!!

Trust me, scanner is the way to go for children's artwork- so many less headaches.

You goof... of course I have noticed you saying, for some new program, I made this in ten minutes! And I shake my head, I know it would take me at least an hour... at least : )

Listen to David on everything else, but listen to a woman, whose daughter is a professional filmmaker, on this one!

Oh, it's been so long since we've had a difference of opinion- it is putting a big smile on my face!

xox

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Comment by ddeubel on September 14, 2010 at 11:23pm
Ok everyone - use a scanner! (but if you don't have one, click and shoot). I'll bow to you on this one :) [however, even better might be to get each student / pair to send you a pic of their drawing!]

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