The teacher-librarian collaborated with the classroom teacher to teach storyboarding. We opened by showing a segment from the special features section of the Monster’s Inc. video. It takes students through the process of storyboarding a movie and emphasizes that production does not begin until the storyboarding is complete. After the video, we discussed what storyboarding was and why it is important when beginning projects. (Computer lab time is limited, so you need to know what you are looking for before you sit down at the computer; keeps project organized;)
This is a template similar to the one that we gave the students. Students were encouraged to draw or accurately tell what type of picture they wanted in the top (empty) box. The “Comments” section in the lower box was where they were to tell what part of the book (scene) the image was depicting.
After storyboarding was complete, the teacher-librarian returned to the students’ classroom to discuss how to find copyright-friendly images for their projects. Creative Commons and iClipart from Iowa AEA Online were featured. Google Images was also discussed because students ARE GOING TO USE IT. We showed how to use the advanced search option and filter results by usage rights. We discussed what the different filters meant (w/modification, commercial use) and demonstrated how the number of results varied. The teacher-librarian also talked about how to cite images using Easybib. Students were shown how to cite pictures from Google Images…not the big, huge URL, but from their original website. Classroom teacher discussed her expectations for citing images.
When we did this project in November, teachers received unlimited student accounts. Now the limit is 50. You can collaborate with a librarian to get an additional 50! For secondary teachers, you might be able to get your technology person to give you an email for each class period (firstname.lastname@example.org). The code needs to be issued to every student under that account. You must start the project within 6 weeks of receiving the code and then the accounts are good for 6 months. You may apply for a new account upon expiration. Students should use your generic email including a “+” and whichever number 1-50 you assign them. (ex. Northpolklibraryemail@example.com). Finished projects will automatically show up in your generic email account keeping your school email uncluttered. You can likely forward the gmail to your school email if you choose.
ANIMOTO BOOK TRAILERS
Digital Storytelling with Animoto Jamie Noack, Teacher-Librarian: [email_address] Kelly Vidergar, 7th Grade Reading: [email_address]
STORYBOARDING “STORY IS KING” http://www.pixartalk.com/blu-ray/monsters-inc-blu-ray/