Rhys met with the 3rd grade teachers today to design a curriculum-based project using iMovie and the Internet. Below are notes from the meeting, and a quick outlilne of the project. We will post a more detailed lesson plan on this site after the first meeting, and keep notes about the experience using comments.
- Through this portion of the year there has been no project-based Technology use in the classroom, due to the focus on test prep. Technology use has been mainly for Internet browsing and games.
- Classes are about to start working on Fiction units
- We talked through the teachers feeling about the importance of students learning technological skills, like keyboarding, and Internet use, as well as learning responsible behavior on the Internet, and the critical ability to understand that TV, movies, and other media come from authors like them with a main idea they are trying to communicate.
DIGITAL FICTION PROJECT OVERVIEW
- Classes will start with a group/shared writing piece that they will adapt into a digital slide show with narration using iMovie
- We need to send out and collect release forms (should be done schoolwide)
- I will post a lesson plan on the staff blog that teachers and I will respond to with notes on anything we learn during the process
- Following the iMovie project, Rhys will work with the teachers on blogging, and introduce blog commenting and posting to the kids
The project will start with group writing, that will be completed by next Friday (2.1).
On Friday 2.1, Rhys will come into the class and we will build an iMovie together based on the story Lon Po Po using a laptop and projector.
We will start by reading the story, and deciding what images would help an audience connect with the story, drawing “storyboards”. Then we’ll download images from the Internet based on the key points in the story and save them in our iPhoto library. The next step will be to record students reading narration for the story in iMovie. The last step is to drag the images from the “Photos” tab in iMovie to the “timeline” and line them up with the narration. These are the basics. We can add music, sound effects and transitions if there is time.
The next meeting (2.8) will be to start storyboarding the class’ collaboratively written fiction story, and planning how we will capture the necessary images.