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thoughts from a graduate student at the university of mary washington

creating a video. week five.


I guess I got ahead of myself in week 4, because I not only worked myself to the bone making that silly scratch video, but I signed up for all of the things that we were supposed to be doing this week. Hmm.

I’ve been using Twitter steadily for about a week now. I’ve got a LinkedIn page, but I don’t really understand it. All I know is that Jordan wants to be my colleague (yay!). To be honest, I’m not really sure what that’s all about and how it will help me as an educator.


I can’t believe I’m saying this… I really like Twitter. Every single day, I’m bombarded (overwhelmed?) by information from literally around the globe as it relates to education, and not surprisingly, educational technology. I think it’s a fantastic tool to stay abreast of what’s happening in education and the latest inventions and ideas. I’m still trying to get the hang of the Classroom 2.0 page. I’ve already gotten a couple of “friends” on there, and I can already see that you can throw out questions or problems you’re having and people are really eager to help you figure it out. It’s a nice way to have a sense of community outside of your immediate school environment, and a great way to get fresh ideas.

Now. The music video.

I am HAPPY to report that I did not spend 12 hours working on this. I actually really loved this. I had very little technical difficulty, and when I did, I figured out what I needed to do very quickly without needing any guides or tutorials or anything like that. The most tedious part for me was going through and putting all of the photographs into an APA formatted credits page. It was challenging (in a good way) to figure out how to whittle away everything I WANTED to say into something that would just get the students’ feet wet with the information. I took a minute to look at the Virginia SOLs and chose 3rd grade since it’s basically in the middle of my certification area (PK-6). I chose Civics since that’s near and dear to my heart.

Can I stop and tell you a story? I love telling stories.

(First off, this just reminded me that I turn 29 next week. Breathe. Breathe.) So. When I was very young, I figured out that I was born on George Washington’s birthday. And this was enough to catapult me into learning everything I could about him. Everything. As I got older, that extended into learning about everything he had a hand in, whether directly or no. It is no mistake that I graduated from college with a degree in history, specializing in early and colonial America. Through a way-too-random-to-just-be-lucky (fate? maybe?) process, we ended up coming to Virginia. But not just any place in Virginia, oh no. Just minutes from George Washington’s boyhood home. I study at, where now?, The University of Mary Washington. Just today we discovered the Washington family cemetery. So cool.

Anyway. So. When I saw that there was an SOL (3.11, thank you) relating to George Washington, I said, yes please!

And thus, my video was born:

Have a looksie.

The music I chose to use feels like it’s on the verge of something, you know? Like a Revolution. It makes me feel like I’m about to be part of something extraordinary. And of course, to my geeky self, this part of history is more than extraordinary. And the “Fireworks” theme I chose speaks directly to the forming of this country and the cannon fire of war and the Star-Spangled Banner and all of that. Nothing is by accident in this video.

Now, you can’t really see the credits pages very well thanks to the particular theme I chose for my video, so I’m including it below. You know, for reference.

I am going to use this all. of. the. time. I mean, I won’t kill it or anything, but, this was so easy to do and it’s really engaging. At least I think it is. I wish I had stuff like this to ease me into lessons when I was in school. All I had was a textbook whose binding was coming loose and was held together by old gum (that’s actually true).

credits for animoto video:

cliff1066. (Photographer). (2009). Thomas jefferson. [Web Photo]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/nostri-imago/3311609515/

JamesDeMers. (Photographer). (2012). Monticello. [Web Photo]. Retrieved from http://pixabay.com/en/monticello-dome-museum-house-home-59152/

Michiel2005. (Photographer). (2008). Schatzkammer of the hofburg. [Web Photo]. Retrieved from http://www.fotopedia.com/items/flickr-3043399119

Morville, P. (Photographer). (n.d.). Declaration of independence. [Web Photo]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/morville/84894984/lightbox/

PublicDomainPictures. (Photographer). (2012). Washington monument. [Web Photo]. Retrieved from http://pixabay.com/en/washington-monument-tree-cherry-18052/

Seibert, F. (Photographer). (2008). American flag. [Web Photo]. Retrieved from http://fickr.com/photos/84568447@N00/2611749203

SheilaCameron. (Photographer). (2004). Jefferson memorial. [Web Photo]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/fasterthanhotcakes/1443193618/

wallyg. (Photographer). (2009). George washington. [Web Photo]. Retrieved from http://www.fotopedia.com/items/flickr-2227423560/slideshow

wallyg. (Photographer). (2008). The signing of the constitution. [Web Photo]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/2975282470/

WikiImages. (Photographer). (2012). Constitution, united states. [Web Photo]. Retrieved from http://pixabay.com/en/constitution-united-states-usa-62943/

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6 Comments to

“creating a video. week five.”

  1. Avatar February 15th, 2013 at 12:00 pm ctrumbetic Says:

    Angela, I love your video. The music makes is so dramatic that I had to pay attention to it. Did you by any chance buy the “advanced” package or did you find a way around the basic 30 second video package? Will you please some of the people you are following on Twitter that have good tweets. I could not find many people/organizations except for the NEA and Edutopia. I agree with your view about Linkedin. Aparently the website has to be worth it because I know people who have been hired by my employer because my employer found them on Linkedin. Anywho, I thought your post was great. I will definitely have to email you if I run into issues with Animoto because you seem to be the expert.

  2. Avatar February 15th, 2013 at 12:46 pm jdosch Says:

    Angela, your video is stunning! Nice work. I like how your works cited page fits in there at the end too. I was trying to figure out how to do mine and now I know. I just need to finish it up this weekend and add it into the end of my video too! Like you, I also enjoyed the user friendly interface of this tool, it was so refreshing after using “Scratch”! I wasn’t stuck at my computer for hours trying to figure out how to write code and make it all work together.

    I’m glad you like twitter. Maybe you can send me some tips so I can utilize it better and enjoy it more. Right now it’s just not jiving with me.

  3. Avatar February 15th, 2013 at 2:46 pm Angela Says:

    Hey Cassie – I signed up for Animoto the very first week of class, so I was able to get the free account for educators. If you go to my twitter page (twitter.com/amfritz) and click on my “Education” list, you’ll see a whole bunch of people/organizations that you can follow. 🙂

  4. Avatar February 15th, 2013 at 2:52 pm Angela Says:

    Jeanette — Thank you! I had a lot of fun making the video. I can’t wait to make more of them. Especially for civics 😉

    I actually joined twitter a few years ago, and just never could get into it. I totally didn’t understand it. Now that I have a lot of people (not just celebrities) that I follow and some that follow me, it’s infinitely more useful to me than it was before. I think the best advice I can give is to go to the “Discover” tab and type “Education” (no hashtag) and a whole bunch of people/organizations will come up and you can pick and choose who to follow. I chose a lot of them that looked like they were relevant to educational technology or to PreK-6th grade, which is my certification area. You can also go to my Twitter page (www.twitter.com/amfritz) and click on “Lists” — you’ll see “Education” and you can see who I’m following. It helps to manage them all in lists, I find. @BlessTheTeacher is a good place to start. Beware, though, he’s located in Germany and so a lot of his posts are in German 🙂 He has a lot in English too, though.

  5. Avatar February 17th, 2013 at 9:19 pm bwebber Says:

    I LOVED your video. It almost made me cry!!

  6. Avatar February 18th, 2013 at 8:55 am Angela Fritz Says:


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