Become a moviemaker with Zimmer Twins
The Zimmer Twins is a fun way to incorporate technology into the classroom. Watch your students expand their vocabulary, practice proper writing habits, and become junior movie producers all at the same time! The Zimmer Twins website is a fun and positive environment where kids can safely explore and exercise their creative muscles.
On the Zimmer Twins website, your students can:
- Watch a starter (a short animation that ends with a cliff-hanger).
- Create their own ending to the story by writing dialog for the characters and putting scenes together.
- Save their work on the website for other kids to watch, rate and comment on.
- Watch and rate movies made by other kids.
My husband has been using the Zimmer Twins in his classroom this semester, and has been amazed at just how much the students enjoy the site. They use it on the IWB as a whole class and also as an independent computer activity during literacy rotations. After one week of using it in the classroom, students began creating movies in their own time, and bringing them in to show the class.
The only drawbacks (and they’re not really big ones) are that the films are limited in length and can only be saved to an online account. The good news is that the online account is free! What a great, motivating site! Two thumbs up!!