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  1. 1. Documentaries Producing Quality Terry Kidd, HISD Curriculum
  2. 2. History Fair Theme <ul><li>Innovation in History: Impact and Change , will challenge your students to uncover innovations that have changed history. </li></ul><ul><li>As the students select different research topics, they must decide if and how certain innovations have changed history. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Questions to Consider <ul><li>Why did this innovation happen at this particular time and in this particular place? </li></ul><ul><li>In what ways was the innovation new? </li></ul><ul><li>What need in society did the innovation fill and what changes occurred to society because of the innovation? </li></ul><ul><li>What benefits did the innovation provide, and to whom? </li></ul><ul><li>How did people react initially, in the short term (within a few years), and over the longer term (in later years), to the new idea, arrangement, organization, or technology? </li></ul><ul><li>How did it change people’s ideas, scientific knowledge, everyday behavior, political processes, etc. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Challenges <ul><li>Allow students the opportunity to seek meaningful connections with the history fair theme as they produce a quality documentary for competition. </li></ul><ul><li>This is accomplished through knowing the content, the technology, and the history fair guidelines. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Elements of A Quality Documentary Audience - Stories have a particular audience in mind. Purpose - Stories are trying to accomplish a task (inform, educate, entertain) Content - Content must be meaningful. Content adds to the story. Voice - Stories are told from a specific perspectives and uses the tellers voice to enrich the story. Technology - Technology is used to extend the story (ie. graphics, audio, and video). Connections - Good stories connect with the participants. Economy - Stories tell enough to get the point across and no more.
  6. 6. Telling the Story <ul><li>A good documentary also uses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Seamless integration of the narrative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There is a connect with the content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The narratives know and understand the materials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes a combination of medias including quality graphics that relate and video clips. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Planning Steps <ul><li>Brainstorm an idea for your story. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider audience and purpose. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a narrative script. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a simple storyboard to determine the sequence of the story. </li></ul><ul><li>Collect or create images for the story </li></ul><ul><li>Identify music for soundtrack </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Photo Story 3 (Free from Microsoft) http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/default.mspx </li></ul><ul><li>Movie Maker (Free from Microsoft) http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/default.mspx </li></ul><ul><li>Audio - GoldWave (Free from Goldwave) http://www.goldwave.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>System Requirements (Requires Windows XP & Windows Media Player 10) http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/photostory/sysreqs.mspx </li></ul>Tools for Creating Documentaries
  9. 9. Finding Images & Audio on the Web <ul><li>Image Search Engines </li></ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul><ul><li>Picsearch </li></ul><ul><li>AltaVista </li></ul><ul><li>Library of Congress </li></ul><ul><li>Digital History </li></ul><ul><li>Audio Search Engines </li></ul><ul><li>AltaVista </li></ul><ul><li>Singing Fish </li></ul>
  10. 10. A Few Words about Copyright <ul><li>Disclaimer: Provide source attribution and a credit/reference slide. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Friendly Tips <ul><li>Make good friends with both the tech apps and the media arts teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to use the Innovations in History Guideline as your framework as you help students create products. </li></ul><ul><li>Work with your students to understand it is about the quality of the historical content and less about the bells and whistles of technology </li></ul>

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