Students love to express themselves with images and videos. As we know there are a plethora of images and video readily available on the Internet for use in remixing other materials to create something new. Students can use public domain images and videos to remix for an assigned school project.
This activity could take hours for students to remix as they do the research, find images and video and then create the remix. In this activity, it is an introduction to how a remix works so it should only take the class period and at the most two. Students will be assigned video and images that the teacher has found ahead of time. What will make each project unique is the text that the students incorporate throughout the remix.
- Be able to create a remix.
- Be able to convey a message with text, images and video.
- Remix: A remix is a piece of media which has been altered from its original state by adding, removing, and/or changing pieces of the item.
- Convey: To convey is to express an idea or message.
To prepare for this lesson:
Remixing will be an engaging and fun activity for students. Students can take images, videos and sound clips in the Public Domain (free from copyright) and use them to convey a message. Teachers can make this into a full blown project with having the students do research, find the images, video, sound clips and then use resources like iMovie or WeVideo to create the remix.
For this activity, it is suggested that it be scaled down until the students know what a remix is and are comfortable with the tool.
- In 5th grade, the teacher will want to introduce the idea of a remix and gather the resources for the students ahead of time.
- The teacher will pick a topic that the students have studied and can easily add their own voice (text or audio) to the remix.
- The teacher will save the resources into a saved folder where the students can access them from their computer.
- The students will use the resources from the saved folder and add them into their remix. The students will have to create the text to overlay over the video and images. Each remix then will have a different flavor as students use their own voice. The students can also record their own voice onto the remix. Adding an audio voice is recommended once students are familiar with adding images, video and text.
- There are several good choices to use for the creation of a remix:
- If the school is an Apple district, iMovie is a logical choice as it is already on the machines.
- WeVideo is a great choice across all platforms as it is free and very easy to use. The FREE version has a limit on a recording time of five minutes. That is perfect as students should be creating a remix of three minutes or less. WeVideo has great video tutorials to learn how to use the program.
- Here is an excellent article from Harvard for finding resources in the public domain as we want to teach our students to use resources that are copyright free in their remix.
- Public domain images can be found at:
- Public Domain Videos can be found at:
- Sounds are a little more difficult to find as artists want to collect what is due to them. For the initial remix project, it is recommended that the students just use images and video. Here are several sites for when the students are ready to incorporate sound.
See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources.
Directions for this activity:
- The teacher will introduce a topic to the students with the idea that the students will be adding their own voice to explain or convey a message about the topic.
- The teacher will introduce the idea of remixing to students where they take the materials from others and use them to convey an idea or message.
- The teacher will show the students how to use WeVideo or iMovie.
- The teacher will show the students how to access the saved resources (images, sounds, videos) in a shared folder.
- The teacher will tell the students that in their remix, they can use whichever resources they want to from the shared folder. The teacher will assign a time limit of one-three minutes for the video remix.
- The teacher will tell the students that they will type text over the images and videos to help convey the message or idea. The text will compliment the media and enhance the message.
- The students will save their videos and share the URL for their completed video with their teacher and classmates.
Optional Activity: The students can do their own research, find their own videos and images to do their remix. The students should still use the Public Domain sites that the teacher has used.
MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.
6a. Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
6b. Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
6d. Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
Devices and Resources
CONTENT AREA RESOURCES
Students research a topic in ELA and convey a message with a remix.
Students research an integrated arts topic and convey a message with a remix.
Create their own music, images or sound for a remix.
Students research a science topic and convey a message with a remix.
Students research a social studies topic and convey a message with a remix.
This task card was created by Melissa White, 21 Things Project Manager, REMC Association of Michigan, February 2018.