I read a blog this morning that included a time-lapse video. The video got me thinking. There are many science activities that take too long to show students in a class period. Some demonstrations might be considered unsafe if you do not have the proper equipment for every student. The video got me thinking about how I can use time-lapse videos in my classroom this year. I'm also considering how I can get students to create time-lapse videos relating to our content. The blog's video is included here...
I think students are drawn to these types of activities b/c they are inherently interesting for most people (I think). Being exposed to interesting, engaging, meaningful content can inspire students to pursue careers in related fields.
I have used a small bit of time lapse with digital photos and state changes (water to ice and with heat presented, back to water...)--not the greatest, but still interesting.
And, by the way, VERY cool video!! What did you use to show the sped-up (8x) moments? Any advice about time-lapse videos in general?
1. Lisa, please feel free to share your videos here too. IMHO, this discussion is about the process and how it benefits student learning. It is NOT about how professional the video looks.
2. I used a FLIP camera to record the video. The recording was then imported into iMovie where I changed the speed.
3. I like to put my camera on a tripod or tape it to a structure while recording like this. I also appreciate how iMovie eliminates much of the shaking that is inherently present in a video.
Many years ago when I had my first ability to make time-lapse videos through a digital microscope, I used it in a faxcinating way. My first graders were in the habit of bringing in all manner of "stuff" they wanted to view through the microscope, as it was kept on all day 24/5 and attached to a television monitor in the front of the room. I occasionally used it as a document camera before they were in common use.
On a trip to a neighboring state, I found a dead rhinoceros beetle, so of course I collected it to show the students in the microscope. I placed it in a small plastic box and put it under the lens. On the second morning, there was a larva inside the container with the beetle. What a delightful mystery for the first graders to contemplate and discuss. At the end of the week, there were three active larvae, and they had pupated. I did not want to miss any possible action over the weekend, since I had no way of knowing what would emerge and how long it would take, so I set up the time-lapse feature and left for the weekend.
Lo and behold, on Monday morning, can you guess what had taken the place of the larvae?
You're right- flies! The larvae had been maggots!
This was an ongoing, unplanned lesson which engaged my students daily for a long period of time, and led to many discussions regarding the web of life and niches in ecosystems. And then, I had the video to use each time I retold the story to future students!
In addition to using time lapse for unsafe demonstrations, it also allows us to capture events which we cannot count on occurring again!
I love time lapse photography, but I am going to take this thread on a slight bend and then a twist.
The slight bend is I use time lapse photography in sports analysis. I slow down the film at critical points of observation to help focus the athlete on a specific issue.
The twist is using time lapse photography to show how to use a computer software program. Kids laugh at how fast they go and finish the project. Google Story Builder is a text version of using time. And then there is the creation of animated gifs. Here is a cute one.
Not quite time lapse photography, but telling a story very quickly!
Great suggestions on using animated gifs as well as other uses for time lapse photography. There are multiple ways to get students excited about their subject and it appears video/images are high on most teachers lists. What is you favorite tool to help students create animated gifs?
Thanks for the great links. I especially like MakeAGif! I'm currently pondering how I can implement this idea with students in the coming school year. (Only four weeks till they are at the doors again.) Have you, or do you know any science projects that have used animation? (I'd also like hearing about other subjects since I'm always encouraging other teachers in my building to think outside their normal box.)
Unfortunately I don't have any specific projects, but anything in any subject that takes place over time is good for animation. Even doing a math problem on the board!
When I posted the videolicious app in Taming and Training the Technophobe July edition, it could have been done using animation.... wow.... thanks for giving me an idea for my August edition of Taming and Training. It will be on how to do animations with pictures, drawings and then making movies! Stay tuned!
What do you think I should include?
I like the change you are considering for the Taming and Training the Technophobe July edition. I think it would be fun to include geometry images, geography images, and of course science images. I'd recommend using NASA images for science as they are copyright free and awesome pics.
Every now and then something pops up in my list and Richard Byrne did it this time! He has a wonderful website where he recently posted information on slow motion chemistry! Take a look.
Each year as we talk about science myths and misconceptions, we talk about where raisins come from (after doing an activity involving raisins). I then bring out my "raisin tree" and the discussion starts again. Most of the students believe that raisins come from grapes, and we decide to test that out by making our own raisins. We document with photos, but time-lapse would be ideal.
Time-lapse would also be valuable with our grow animal activity.
A few weeks ago I found the app Lapse It for time lapse projects. It is free and works on iOS and Android. I've created several movies for my own use when I was playing with it. One was a feeding frenzy when I fed the fish in our pond and the other was opening a bottle of soda and pouring the beverage into a cup. Playing the video and different frame rates provides some really neat details that I never would have seen with the "naked eye." I would love to hear more from others that are using time lapse creations in their classrooms.
Thanks so much for the Lapse It app notification. I'm confident it will be shared with a lot of students to put on their own devices and put on school owned devices as well. I like how easily this app allows a Time Lapse video to be created. I, personally, will be sharing it in my classes as soon when we next do an experiment that Time Lapse will help with understanding. My district JUST approved teachers being able to allow students to use BYOD when appropriate in the classroom. WIN!!!
I've been slowly adding activities for students who BYOD to the classroom. Currently about 25% of my students have a device that can function in this method.I think my district decided that students would be carrying such devices and teachers should be able to implement them in the classroom. I'm on a committee that is looking at how to increase the number and training of teachers who might implement such use in the future. I'm not complaining about this decision. I, however, would like to decrease the number of blocked sites still. Oh well, one goal met at a time I guess.