ShowBox is a neat new online tool that lets you create videos using your own images or images (and there are many) that you can search via the site.
It’s very easy to use and, with a little practice, I can see how it would be possible to make very professional-looking clips. The only concern I have for student use is that it doesn’t appear – though I might be wrong – that it’s possible to use without including a segment recorded with one’s webcam. Again, I might have missed that option. Obviously, since many school computers don’t have webcams, that would preclude ShowBox’s use in schools.
You still have to request an invitation to join it, though I suspect they’ll be opening it up to everybody soon.
I’ve embedded below a sample video I made in about two minutes.
Yesterday I learned about two new videos that could be added to that list.
The first is the latest installment of one of the videos I already show in the lesson — basketball star Kyrie Irving pretending to be an elderly man playing a pick-up game. I’ve embedded the new video below.
The second is a Spanish television station having a woman basketball star impersonate a man in a men’s soccer game.
The PBS News Hour just aired this segment on the new school Sugata Mitra is working with in New York City. Here’s the transcript. The headline for this post comes from a commentator who is interviewed on the show.
I use short, funny video clips a lot when I’m teaching ELLs, and you can read in detail about how I use them in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them). In short, there are many ways to use them that promote speaking, listening, writing and reading (including having students describe – in writing and verbally – a chronological description of what they saw).
I’ve posted quite a few of them during the second half of this year, and I thought it would be useful to readers — and to me — if I brought them together in one post.
I’ve also published quite a few during the previous seven years of this blog. You can find those in these lists:
Okay, now here are my choices for The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2015 — Part Two:
Here’s a video that would be a could one to show English Language Learners. They can describe orally and in writing the chronology of events. It shows a system this cat’s owner has created so the cat “hunts” for his/her dinner:
Here’s a great series of short commercials with the theme “Don’t Judge Too Quickly.” They would good for English Language Learners to watch and describe what they see, along with learning the critical thinking lesson that it’s dangerous to make assumptions.
First off, here’s a group of them together. The second to the last one, however, is probably not appropriate to show in class:
Here’s another one:
There are others on YouTube, too, but, like the one I cautioned about in the first collection, they are a little “iffy” to show in class.
The upcoming movie “The Secret Life of Pets” looks like it’s a winner, if this new trailer for it is an accurate picture of what it will be like. The trailer itself would be great to show English Language Learners and have them describe in writing and verbally what happens in it. In addition, the segment in the trailer showing how the cat is trying to demonstrate self-control would be a great example to demonstrate an unsuccessful strategy to use….
Though slightly depressing at the end, the Oscar-nominated short would be great for English Language Learners to watch and describe what happened:
The PBS News Hour has just done this segment on his adventure though, surprisingly, it only very briefly mentions the associated learning community. It does say there will be future segments so, perhaps, those will highlight Out Of Eden Learn.