Digital storytelling for 21st century learners
From Classroom to Boundless Learning Environment
MoViE lets your students create, remix and share video stories using an underlying pedagogical model that makes digital storytelling a teaching method, empowering teachers while activating and motivating students to join the production.
Write the script, set the stage, film... whatever your subject requires. Make video clips or take pictures with your mobile device or digital camera and upload them to the MoViE-platform.
Create collaborative video stories using clips and pictures from multiple users. Remix video clips with the material you like and cut out the rest with our simple editing tool.
Share your own video stories with others, publicly within the closed MoViE environment or with selected groups and users.
Create projects together with another class, nationally or internationally. Invite others to join your project, or search among the project invites that others have made.

Phone: 02 941 20642

CICERO Learning Network
Helsinki University
Helsinki Innovation Services

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Case Studies

Chemistry project in 5th grade

A group of the Finnish 5th graders studied chemistry by making video stories of the chemical tests they made. The topic was chemical reaction and the relating concepts, such as atom and molecule. The students shared their videos with their collaboration partner from America. The project included a visit to the Gadolin Chemistry class which is a laboratory located in the University of Helsinki, Institution of chemistry. The students filmed videos in Gadolin and at their own school of the chemical test they made. The students worked in pairs and they used tablets for filming. Their task was to make a video remix of each lesson they had made chemical tests. They also wrote comprehensive descriptions for the videos in English. Here are some examples of the video stories the students produced: 1) producing a superball (in Gadolin), 2) mixing vinegar and baking soda (own class), and 3) creating a molecule model of pearls (own class). The Finnish students shared their videos in a private group in MoViE where the American students were able to make comments to them. The students were excited to share their videos to “the other side of the world”. They thought they could show the others how the students operate in the Finnish schools. They also wished they could teach their American partners what they had learned during the lessons. Some of the students thought the messages exchanged with the American students were more informational and useful than the comments made solely by their own class mates.

6th graders recycling project

6th graders in Finland made video stories about recycling. The goal was that the students would learn how to recycle different things and understand why recycling is important. The class had international collaboration with one school from California during the project, so the students made their video stories in English. The teacher wanted to give the students a possibility for active and independent learning, so the students had a lot of freedom to use their own imagination and creativity with their stories. The students made their video stories in small groups, choosing their own topic. The groups made video stories for example about glass-, bio-, cans-, and paper recycling. At first the students made a script where they planned what happens in theirs story, and wrote down the lines for the actors. They also made a short cartoon strip about their story. The video stories where filmed in many different places: the school, local supermarkets, in the forest, and in the students own home. The stories where build so that the students were acting some scene in the video, usually so that one person doesn’t know how to recycle and the other person shows how it’s done. In their stories the students provide information about recycling, and also encourage everyone to do the same. They promote positive attitudes about recycling, and show the viewers that recycling can be easy, fast and also fun! The videos were downloaded to MoViE, where other students from California had a chance to watch and comment their video stories. The students had a lot of fun making their video stories, and the teacher planned to use MoViE again in their soon coming class trip.

8th grade teacher: "I'd say that these are those skills -- that they will need in the future, that is, how to look for information, how to manage it, how you can look at it from different view points and how you can share it with other people..."

5th grade student: "...It was fun to work with those buddies in that group. And you got to choose the topic yourself, it was somehow fun and you can teach others some new thing."

6th grade teacher: "At least for sure that they can be the people, who create the information. That it's not always so that the teacher has the information ready and gives it to the students, but that they can also share it to each other."

8th grade teacher: "What you also learn, maybe that you don't necessarily need to guide the students that meticulously at the time of doing the work. But point the direction and help in those problem solving situations, if they get a problem they can't get around. But after that just get away to the background and leave those students to do it by themselves. And in fact enjoy the results and after that see how far they have reached."

8th grade student: "Nice change to this everyday school life. These kind of days are good to have, when you don't only study, lightening the school day or week a little."

4th grade teacher: "It's just another working style than sitting in class and being silent. After all, there you get to work and be in small groups and a little outside of the classroom environment so that's always a change to the working norm."

8th grade teacher: "What stuck into my mind the most was the students' creation. That how enthusiastically they created when it was their own work and how much and for how long they had the energy to concentrate on working on it, discussing about the topic and managing their topic."

8th grade teacher: "Above all what stuck into my mind was an enormous desire to do more. That is a desire to continue, to just do more of these kind of things and get precisely those kind of devices into use. That stuck the most, quite a hunger remained."

About MoViE

MoViE (Mobile Video Experience) is a social media service developed by Helsinki University and the Tampere University of Technology. It enables users to make collaborative video stories with mobile phones, tablets and computers. MoViE is administered by Cicero Learning network, which is a network for researchers and research groups on learning, coordinated by the University of Helsinki. The MoViE service was a part of the Finnable 2020 research project, included in the program for Tekes learning solutions. The MoViE service is a closed environment, where registered users can upload and remix videos, watch videos made by others, and share their own videostories with other MoViE users. It is developed to support collaborativity and creativity, and it enables new ways to use videos in the context of learning. MoViE works on the Internet, so there is no need to install any programs on the computer. The MoViE mobile application is used to upload pictures and videos directly to the platform from the mobile device (smart phone or tablet). By remixing own and other users' video clips, video stories are created.

About the Pilot

Would you like to use technology in a new, inspiring way in your teaching? Do you want to activate and motivate your students, and expand the learning environment outside the classroom? This year, we bring you an opportunity to participate in a pilot research study organized by the University of Helsinki where you will be able to use the MoViE platform for making videos as a part of teaching and learning. The aim of this pilot study is to collect MoViE user experiences, and to develop the platform further, so that it will enhance learning even more in the future.