Six Words, Six Unique Shots

Last November, I was at a conference where the talented educator and Apple Distinguished Educator Don Goble shared some student examples of his video assignment where students build a video illustrating 6 words with 6 unique shots. His wonderful free One Best Thing Multitouch eBook explains and illustrates this entire project! This assignment was a perfect fit for our multimedia tech class because it provided opportunity for students to work on storyboarding, filming, and editing skills. It allowed for lots of creativity, but also was simple enough to fit into a time frame of a couple weeks.

Students worked in groups of 2 to plan and film their story idea. But then each student downloaded the video clips onto their own computer and edited their own version of the story. It is fun to compare the 2 versions and see how each student chose to interpret the story and edit the clips. Here are the videos from the class and links to the blog posts that the students made to self reflect on their work on this project.

Get Your Head in the Game by Hannah, blogged here

Get Your Head in Game by Alex, blogged here

Restricted by Sin by Erica, blogged here

God’s the Key by Austin, blogged here

Bored, Tired, Longing for the Bell by Monica, blogged here

Bored, Tired by Cyan

Sphero + Doink Green Screen + Digital Storytelling

Last week while the eighth graders were in Chicago, I challenged the seventh graders to see if they could build a video that gives a “tour” of a location using our Spheros and the Doink Green Screen app. I wasn’t sure it would work – but it turned out awesome!  It took four days for the students to do some research and build a script, find images to use as backgrounds (they ended up using images I took in Venice, plus a few from http://www.pics4learning.com/ ), move the Sphero using the Drive app, film the green screen shots, and then edit and add audio using the iMovie app.

Here is a behind the scenes video that I created showing the students in action. It should give you an idea how we set up the green screen on the floor and used a stand for the iPad for filming. By the way, our “green screen” is actually a shower curtain from Ikea, and it worked great!

Doink Green Screen is currently $2.99 on the iTunes app store.

Sphero Drive is currently a free app.

iMovie is a free app on newer iPads or is available for purchase for $4.99.

Here is a link where you can purchase Sphero on Amazon. (We receive a small percentage of any purchases that helps buy technology that our students can use.)

The Shooting Gallery 2015

Recently, our multimedia students had the opportunity to do “The Shooting Gallery” project as a quick way to be introduced to the various cinematic shots that can be used when storyboarding and shooting a video. We used the One Best Thing multitouch iBook The Shooting Gallery by Jon Corippo as the basis for our activity.  I am so thankful that Jon connected with me via Twitter when I was looking for resources and led to me his valuable FREE book! We followed his lesson plan of  having one day to shoot a variety of shots on an iPad and one day to edit them together using iMovie on the iPads.

The videos were done “fast and dirty”, but definitely gave the students the basic exposure to these concepts that was needed before we moved on to our next project!  Here are links to their videos:

Jon Corippo kindly offered to do a Google Hangout with the students to give them some feedback on their work. We are excited to be able to connect with a person who is an expert at helping students develop their video skills!