Tool: devolver Moviemaker
According to Ruby Benjamin, Kids love computers and many could spend all evening and every weekend surfing the web. Most computer-savvy children are already familiar with common children’s websites based on their favorite TV shows and movies, and those sites can be great for providing some interesting reading geared to getting their attention.
Another type of activity, could be to engage students in retelling the Gospel stories using the devolver Moviemaker tool.
You could refer your students to an online Scripture story like the Prodigal Son.
Invite them to use a tool like devolver Moviemaker to create a movie to tell the Scripture story. Here is an example for the Parable of the Lost Son.
The tool is simple to use. You have three scenes where you choose a simple background and sky, one or two characters, depending on your choice of plot (rondez-vous, pick up, chase, or solilolquoy) and then you write the script for the characters. Title your masterpiece and add your name.
You then ask your students to email their final project to you. What do you do with these? One suggestion: Invite two students a week to retell the Sunday Gospel. Once approved, you can email to the other members of the class or invite students to email to other members of their family. With the embed code, you can add to your blog or website.
Simply be creative, as you now have an opportunity to share the Gospel (a contemporary version) with others.
Devolver content may not be appropriate for younger ages. I suggest that this tool be used with junior high and high school students. This may provide an opportunity to talk about “media literacy.”
If you are considering using this tool with your students – click the “Like” button. Once your students create a video for your class, come back and tell us about it. We’d love to hear from you.