I discovered another movie making tool called Xtranormal and posted the link to the Book Trailer page. Xtranormal gives initial users 300 free points to create a movie. I created a trailer for Hatchet that cost me 225 points. I would need to purchase more points if I want to create more movies.
Creating the movie was not difficult. I was able to choose my actor, set design and music. I embedded different features within my text such as camera panning in/out, facial expressions and actor motions.
Once I was happy with my movie, I published it and obtained a URL address that I attached to the book in Destiny. I was a little disappointed with the finished product. For some reason, the camera shots at the beginning of the movie in the finished product were not the same as in the preview. That must be a software glitch. I don't think I'd pay for more points and use this software to create another movie. But, it was fun for creating one trailer.
I was able to set up an account simply with an email and password. Of course, STUDENTS SHOULD ASK FOR PARENT PERMISSION BEFORE SETTING UP ANY ONLINE ACCOUNT.
On February 14th, I attended the eTech Ohio Educational Technology Conference in Columbus. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend several break-out sessions, browse the exhibit hall to see the latest and greatest technologies, and learn how other librarians are using technology in their schools. I was inspired by one of the librarians at Wyoming City Schools and have decided to implement a few of her ideas that I learned at the “Tech Out Your Books” session. This will include showing students how to create short movie trailers for their favorite books to be viewed on Destiny and by scanning a QR Tag that we will create for each trailer. At the conference, I also received some great ideas, tips, and new links for my library website that I’m excited to share with everyone. Be sure to check out the Home page of my website for more information!