IN a technology-enriched age, we still tend to see our devices as a means of consumption rather than as tools for content creation.

I have a range of subject-based YouTube playlists that I still use to support student learning.

However, I’m moving more towards video creation; not just as an instructional tool but also as a way for students to showcase their learning.

Several studies show that the act of creation can certainly lead to deeper student learning.

The Lego Group, founded back in 1932, still has annual revenue in excess of USD $5 billion.

Part of this is due to their highly successful digital products.

The Lego Movie Maker app is available for free on both Android and iOS.

It allows students aged 4+ to construct items and then make a film.

Depending on your available time, you can go from a rudimentary ten second clip to the “full Star Wars”.

The Internet is full of sample films, tutorials from Lego itself and even technology lessons using the app.

For those introducing the Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies subject in 2017 you could do worse than search out that old box of Lego.

For older students who are “too cool” for Lego there is a whole range of alternative apps.

In my own experience, one of the best of these is iMotion, “…an intuitive and powerful time-lapse and stop-motion app for iOS”.

The basic version is free or you can update to iMotion Pro for $5.99.

The features are numerous, including the ability to upload your completed film directly to YouTube.

Internationally renowned visual art teacher Cathy Hunt (@ art_cathyhunt on Twitter) is a fan and you’ll find a great step-bystep guide on her site (visit edhq. co/2cOD9lu) I have recently become a genuine fan (as have my students) of what might be called hand-drawn video animation.

The “Rolls Royce” of such apps is Video Scribe from the Sparkol Company, who designed Tawe, another video creator. 

Both are available in your browser and as iPad apps. Whilst there’s a free trial option, a single annual subscription is nearly USD $150 and education licenses are similarly expensive.

Fortunately, there has recently been a new addition to the market; My Simple Show and it may just be my favourite.