This year, I helped my four year old son create this one minute video as his gift to his five year old cousin Liz. He wrote the story, painted the pictures and then I recorded his narration. I built what is basically a moving slideshow. The final step was to put it on StoryKit on her iPod Touch. Here's the iPhone version.
Unmitigated cuteness aside, I've thought a lot about the educational process that went on here.
- How fun it was for him, even though it could have been perceived by him as an 'assignment.'
- How much the public presentation of the video influenced the work.
- What he learned about story telling and the writing process.
Now granted, Dad had a heavy hand with the technological parts of the gift, but the images and words were all his.