Can the immediacy of digital tools be used to engage students, motivating them to slow down and look more closely at complex literature? This presentation describes how high school English teachers and a librarian collaborated to improve students’ critical reading of soliloquies from Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar. Using the free digital software Animoto, sophomores combine analysis of literature with selection of images that enhance meanings of the text, creating a transformative product.
A discussion of respecting copyright and fair use will be presented while showing student movies that add value, transforming images and text. Sources for images, such as Flickr Creative Commons, Britannica's Image Quest, and Perseus Digital Library will be presented.