Reading about Digital Story Telling made me think about how I initially started getting students to create videos in my class. In my previous school (in 1st grade), we started the year with an oral story telling unit so that the students could get used to telling stories. The students would record a folk tale (or a fractured folktale), create an illustration, and I would put the image and audio recording together using something like iMovie. This resulted in something like this:
It’s cute, the students get to practice telling stories with expression and fluency, draw pictures that matched what was being said and the students can always look back at this digital artifact they created in 1st grade.
2. Public Service announcement (psa) video
The year after that the 1st Grade team (at The School at Columbia University) and I talked about our concept of “Change” and how we can help the students learn about the idea of becoming the catalyst for a change. The idea that we came up with was a video where students can teach incoming 1st graders about taking care of our community.
I discussed with the students what are important aspects when a person is shooting a video including making sure the subject is on screen and words should be heard clearly. This is what my class that year created.
When I began teaching in third grade, I collaborated with Dylan Ryder (@DylanMRyder), the Educational Technologist for the Intermediate Grades at The School at Columbia University. We decided to collaborate on a math/tech project and brainstormed discipline specific goals. We created a chart and a simple plan that took us about a week or two to complete.
As we went along, we also added additional goals such as purposeful use of color to our goals. Here’s a sample of the end product:
https://www.showme.com/sma/embed/?s=cNrEe5gbringing it together
Through the process of a few different video projects, here are a few teaching points that I feel are important when teaching students to create videos for any purpose:
- Use expression
- Be Fluent
- Be Clear and loud
- Pictures should match what is being said
- Use colors purposefully to highlight main ideas
- The subject of the video should be on screen