Digital Storytelling: Connecting Standards to Movie-Making


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Digital Storytelling: Connecting Standards to Movie-Making

  1. 1. Digital Storytelling: Connecting Standards to Movie-MakingSunday, March 20, 2011
  2. 2. “...if we are going to reach our students in a way that is relevant to their world and their future, then we must teach them from...a new environment.” -David WarlickSunday, March 20, 2011
  3. 3. Why Make Movies?Sunday, March 20, 2011
  4. 4. Making Movies and Following Pacing Guides •Long-term projects •Create a schedule that works. •Build in technology skills development •Use the movie as an assessment. •Structure student leadership roles •Emphasize student preparednessSunday, March 20, 2011
  5. 5. A Word About Achievement Levels •All students can produce movies. •Movies increase engagement. •Maintain high expectations, but alter the amount of scaffolding you provide. •Help students begin with the end in mind.Sunday, March 20, 2011
  6. 6. Making Movies and Using Language Objectives •Address multiple language skills •Embed multiple standards •Make language skills a movie focus for language learnersSunday, March 20, 2011
  7. 7. “Word Man” Click here to access videoSunday, March 20, 2011
  8. 8. Language Objective: •Identify setting and explain how setting can affect plot using complete sentences and academic vocabulary. Skills Addressed: •Identifying setting (set design, script) •Analysis of setting (script) •Writing (script) •Listening (group planning) •Speaking (performance)Sunday, March 20, 2011
  9. 9. Standards Addressed: •R.3.2 - Analyze the effects of the qualities of the character on the plot and resolution of the conflict. •R.3.3 - Analyze the effect of setting on the plot and resolution of conflict. •W.1.6 - Revise writing to improve the organization and consistency of ideas within and between paragraphs. •WOC1.1 - Use simple, compound, and compound-complex sentences... •LaS1.6 - Support opinions with detailed evidence and with visual or media displays that use appropriate technology.Sunday, March 20, 2011
  10. 10. Technology Skills Development •Film Angles •Storyboard/Script Writing •Recording Basics in iMovie •Editing Process (Transitions, Video Effects) •Sound (Music, Effects)Sunday, March 20, 2011
  11. 11. Organized Chaos: Moving Through the Filming ProcessSunday, March 20, 2011
  12. 12. “Filming is the best because if you make a mistake, you can fix it - not like in real life, when you can’t.” -Lionel, age 12 Director of “Be Active”Sunday, March 20, 2011
  13. 13. Authentic Audience •Get higher quality work when students know work will be disseminated •Dissemination and reflection are key. Work will only be legitimized if students are given an authentic audience. •Websites, Film Festivals, Peer Viewings •Major benefit for you: Instructional use further down the line.Sunday, March 20, 2011
  14. 14. Websites: http://digicomfilmfestival.comSunday, March 20, 2011