How To Use Vine In The Classroom

Twitter continues to be a massive part of any connected learner’s education. For teachers, students, parents, and admins, it’s a simple way to quickly share and learn. Instagram is sort of a visual version of that – albeit not as robust. So if Twitter is great for text and Instagram is awesome for image sharing, what about Vine for video sharing?

vine appIn case you haven’t heard of it or tried it out yet, Vine is a relatively new app by the folks at Twitter who hope to own the ‘video social networking’ space. The app is simple to use, free, and fun. My favorite part of the app is that videos are limited to just six seconds. You can create short video clips by tapping the screen. When you lift up a finger, it stops recording. Great for stop-motion video / building your own animated GIFs. It may not have the community of Twitter or popularity of Instagram yet, but it likely will in the next couple years. Or it’ll be vaporware by then and no one will remember it. How’s that for a wishy-washy prediction?

In any case, Vine is a dead-simple app and could be a great way for students to become filmmakers on the go. First off, let’s learn why Vine is something worth trying. We’ll call this the ‘Pro’ section:

Vine PROs

  • It’s extremely simple to use. Great for K-12 schools who want to get into the multimedia game.
  • It’s free and works beautifully on any iOS device. Android is rumored to be coming very soon. So your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad are all ready for you.
  • The stop-motion ability is incredibly powerful. You can make your own six-second claymation story!
  • The six-second limit is a good thing. It makes students (and others) figure out the most effective way to use their limited time in a Vine video.

Vine CONs

  • It’s a free app that the world uses. In other words, you can’t control what the student sees when they follow other people. NSFW stuff may pop up. This alone might be a reason to never touch the app unless you figure out a way to prevent it. I’d suggest having just one Vine classroom account where it’s only on one device in the classroom. Then students can borrow that device for a couple hours to make their project. You can then control the experience at least a little bit.
  • It’s new. Usually we love and recommend new tech tools for education. But with Vine, it’s a bit different. You never know what you’re gonna see in the ‘stream’ part of the app.
  • Editing tools are basically non-existent. Even if you get a video 90% of the way … you can’t really go back and edit that last 10% to make it perfect. It’s both a blessing and a curse I guess. Vine really forces you to be happy with what you shot when you shot it. If you’re not, you have to redo it all. If you missed the perfect moment though, you’re outta luck.

Using Vine In The Classroom

I know most teachers have less than zero time to try out new apps and products in the classroom. So I’d recommend trying out Vine by yourself before even mentioning that you’re considering it for students. You never know if students already have an account and will seek your account out. Just a word of warning.

  • Step 1: Try out Vine at home with your personal account. See if you like it. If not, don’t use it!
  • Step 2: Create a classroom account.
  • Step 3: Chat with colleagues, admins, other people to get them involved and aware.
  • Step 4: Build a lesson plan: come up with what students should learn while making a Vine video, how big groups should be, how long they have to do the assignment, what the videos should be about, etc.
  • Step 5: Film all the Vine videos using the same account. After all the videos are completed, you can show them on a projector screen using an adapter for your iOS device (or AirPlay if you have Apple TV).
  • Step 6: If students like making videos, why not try making your own viral video?

Now that you’re aware of what Vine is, if your students like making videos, and how much fun a simple app can be … share your videos! I’d love to see some of the Vine videos students make. Share it with the Edudemic audience by leaving a comment. Thanks!

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