When students are involved in hands-on, project-based learning, they must use higher level thinking skills. One of the 21st century learning skills is innovation and creativity. What better way for students to show their creativity than to create video projects. There are many online resources and mobile apps for making videos.
As you consider planning video projects for your students, I recommend reading Richard Byrne's blog post--"Questions to Ask When Planning Video Projects" in Free Technology for Teachers (March 6, 2013). He also provides ideas for student video projects and tools for creating the videos in his post--"Best of the Summer - Video Projects"--from 2012.
In addition, Byrne considers methods for assessing video projects in his blog post--"Questions to Consider While Assessing Video Projects"--in Free Technology for Teachers (March 6, 2013). He outlines 9 Common Core Standards that can be addressed through video projects.
You may want to use a Thinkfinity lesson idea from ReadWriteThink--MyTube: Make a Video Public Service Announcement--for grades 7 to 12 that gives students an opportunity to explore issues that are important to them, and then write a script and film a video public service announcement.
Are there video projects and/or tools you recommend to use with students?
Check out the blog 7 Ways to Use Video In Your Classroom written by Richard Byrne in Free Technology for Teachers (July 15, 2013). He talks about Wideo, an animated video creation tool, that was used to publish a video highlighting seven ideas for using their service in classrooms.
Do you learn any new ideas for using videos in your classroom from watching this Wideo video?
Artsonia also has a way of letting teachers make a video easily of their student drawings or paintings...and there are some sites like Little Animator that are supposed to use student work directly in animations. If you know some deeper video editing software yourself (like After Effects) you can make something like I did, but I admit it was a time-consuming outside project. Feel free to download these if you want to, for showing a class to stimulate an art or science project of your own. Don't be alarmed by the "store" label as the files are free. In fact, teacherspayteacher has other free materials, and even if you find something to pay for, you are just helping another teacher instead of a corporation, and you might want to load something of your own: