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Using Storyboarding and Movie Making to improve reading and writing

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This is a presentation on a project that teachers and students of St Anthony's Canossian Secondary School carried out between May - July 2009.

This is a presentation on a project that teachers and students of St Anthony's Canossian Secondary School carried out between May - July 2009.

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  • 1. Using Storyboards & Movie Making to Develop Writing Skills St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School Paviter Singh Masters Candidate, HGSE paviter@gmail.com 1
  • 2. The Context Students Disengaged Performing below grade level Experienced Teachers Blaming students for poor grades Did not see the bene t of using technology Novice Teachers Willing to try new approaches but did not have appropriate guidance School Interested in raising student achievement Hoped to get teachers to improve approaches to instruction / teaching 2
  • 3. The Objective Students Raise student engagement Improve con dence and familiarity with spoken and written English Learn skills of listening, speaking, reading & writing in a creative and innovative way Teachers Demonstrate effective infusion of technology in learning Create a community where teachers and students can learn from each other School Initiate a pilot program with the hope of expansion to the entire grade level Whole school approach 3
  • 4. The Resources Hardware 16 computers (2 for each group) 8 video cameras (1 for each group) Software Movie Making application Time 7 training sessions of between 4 to 5 hrs 1 to 2 weeks for students to lm Finale where completed work is presented Facilitators Technical Instructors (Sinema Old School) 4 teachers 8 college students (one for each group) 4
  • 5. The Project Student Outcomes Have fun & be engaged Develop greater con dence in English speaking and writing Develop skills in a variety of technology tools Teacher Outcomes Learn how different technology tools can be used in learning English Realize that there are different approaches to teaching English that do not involve the textbook Change culture/mindset with respect to English and how it is taught 5
  • 6. The Project The Proposal Get students to work in groups to create short movie clips Story boarding, script writing and movie editing will give students the opportunity to practice and improve their language skills Students to create a blog and post an entry after each training session Lesson materials and communication regarding the project to be done online (website/email) 6
  • 7. The Curriculum Session 1: Finding a Story to Tell 1 Students watch clips from various short lms and discuss Character and character development Background and setting What story to tell and how to go about writing it How to turn a story into a script Work at home Theme: A Social Issue Write a short story on an issue that you are passionate about 7
  • 8. The Curriculum Session 2: Finding a Story to Tell 2 Students to come to the session having written a short story (to be translated into a script) Instructor shows/explains to students what is a story board (using an example from a popular Singaporean Sit-com) Students work to translate their stories into storyboards (text, sounds, pictures) Discuss the difficulties faced With this knowledge, how would you select an appropriate story 8
  • 9. The Curriculum Session 3: Pre-Production 1 Students to form groups of 5. Each member to take on a role such as director, producer, sound tech, lighting tech, cast coordinator Discuss in groups (with guidance): Script: Breakdown and organize the written script into different components for preparation Location Scouting: Finding locations / negotiating for locations Casting: Find talents / conduct an audition Schedule: Plan overall timeline / shoot schedule Budgeting: Plan and manage budget 9
  • 10. The Curriculum Session 4: Pre-Production 2 Understanding the rules of lm making What can and cannot be done Using various equipment Digital Camera Video Camera Lights How to position cameras/lights for maximum effect 10
  • 11. The Curriculum Session 5: Sounds for Film Hands-on training on lming & editing Voice Background noise Sound effects What groups should consider when shooting their lms 11
  • 12. The Curriculum Guided Practicum (in groups) Groups to discuss and work on their script / story board Groups to loan out video cameras for 1-2 weeks to shoot their lms 12
  • 13. The Curriculum Session 6: How to use Video Editing Software All groups to have completed shooting by this stage 4 hour training session on how to edit video Groups to practice using their own footage Groups to arrange to use computers for editing outside of training hours (if required) 13
  • 14. The Curriculum Session 7: Critique Exporting of nal product to disc Round table re ection / critique Groups prepare & rehearse their 1 minute presentation 14
  • 15. The Finale Screening of Student Films Each group was required to introduce their lm All teachers and parents of students were invited to attend Speech by Sinema Director and School Principal Students given certi cates of completion and souvenirs (tote bags) 15
  • 16. I’m not hungry 16
  • 17. Phases 17
  • 18. Outcomes Student Participants Pride and con dence Serve as role models/student facilitators Better communication/ relationship with parents Parents Pride and surprise in the ability of their children Renewed support and engagement in school activities 18
  • 19. Outcomes Teacher Facilitators Mentors and ambassadors in the use of technology among colleagues Inspired to explore yet new ways to engage their students Other Teachers Surprised at what their students are capable of More willing to explore and learn how to use technology in their classrooms 19
  • 20. Myths You need to be an expert You need lots of expensive hardware You need plenty of time Its not worth the trouble 20
  • 21. Using Storyboards & Movie Making to Develop Writing Skills http://web.mac.com/paviter/Sinema/Home.html St Anthony’s Canossian Secondary School Paviter Singh Masters Candidate, HGSE paviter@gmail.com 21