Goal of this Class: Participating fully in the class will help you to be a more effective communicator by using multimedia (video, audio, animation) to tell a story, convey a message, document an event, or present and support an opinion.

Procedures and Policies:

  • Be a positive contributor to all aspects of the class.

  • Do your best work for yourself and for your group.

  • Share your skills with others and listen to and learn from them as well.

  • Be responsible for yourself as well as responsible to your group and me.

  • Try to solve technical issues (and explore new possibilities) by using a variety of resources.

Projects and Products Page and the Student Project Progress Spreadsheet

Spring Segment Teams and Topics:

  1. Washington DC: Nina, Abby, Ciara

  2. Camera Perspectives: Christian, Cameron, Alex

  3. 8th Graders in Their Natural Habitat: Erin, Jana, Samir, Ted

  4. The Elementary Animal: Kevin, Justin, Danny, Tomer, Prashanth

Improvements for Next Year's News Segment Production

  1. due dates for segment-production milestones

  2. project management

  3. menu of choice of topics

  4. freelance projects require proof of competency

  5. list of students who have certain technical strengths

  6. column A is "what you want to show" and column B is "how are you going to show that (reporter, montage, voice over, graphics, etc)

  7. script writing and approval before filming

  8. electronic storyboard

  9. get more machines that can run iMovie

  10. daily director

  11. planning time for first five and recap time for last five

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

This is a pull-together day. If you have a lot done (most/all of your column is filled), then please pair up with someone that needs to get theirs filled. Before we start the next project, I want to get the class clumped together a bit more.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

1. What videos have been turned in so far vs. what I have

2. Next assignment: a a/v slideshow that tells a story or makes a point, or has a theme.

3. Downloading and installing PhotoStory 3 on the pc's

Friday, October 22, 2010

1. What videos have been turned in so far

2. What to do about file format technical issues

3. YouTube tutorials

  1. Video editing software

  2. Green screen tutorials

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

1. Work day... find out where you are in projects page

2. Move forward

3. Ask ahead and offer behind

Friday, October 15, 2010

  1. Roll and preview today

  2. Where is each group on the nursery rhyme assignment?

  3. View and learn from a sample or two

  4. The next project is a video poll

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

  1. I'm at the Exploratorium today

  2. Study hall or...

  3. Perhaps you can edit on your own

Friday, October 8, 2010

  1. Did anyone try to make a SearchStory?

  2. View one groups raw footage

  3. Some hints about recording... framing, timing, setting, sound

  4. Transferring video from camera to computer

  5. Converting to wmv file (here is a tutorial video)

  6. Edit in MovieMaker

  7. Add title & credits

  8. Export to ?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

  1. As I take roll, tell me why you are here.

  2. My overview of the class purpose, structure, outcomes

  3. Discussion of revisions

  4. Search Stories (dog, Brother/Sister, Newbie)

  5. Other student sample videos

  6. Nursery Rhyme project (description & filming)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The next two projects... a little one and a big one.

1. Year-in-Review Greeting Card (Animoto, SmileBox, other)

2. DCS News Story (in groups of 3)

- group and topic choice

- write a "treatment"

- sketch of a storyboard (with detailed to-do list)

- script, film, import, edit, etc

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

How to document a video segment...

A storyboard by working backwards

Three rows: Video -- Audio -- Notes

My example

Pair up and make one about a local news segment

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Three options for today:

1. Segment description

2. Learn things from KidsVids

3. Learn how to chroma-key

Friday, April 22, 2011

-decide on topics and form groups

Daily Class Schedules:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

1. My uneven distribution of time and resources

2. Daily accomplishment charts

3. Izzy Video tutorials

Skill-Building Activities:

  1. Music Montage (images with music)

  2. Nursery Rhyme (flip cameras and movie editing)

  3. Search Stories (online only)

  4. Narrated slideshow

Video Production Steps (general):

  1. Topic

  2. Purpose and audience

  3. Writing a treatment

  4. Script-writing and shot-listing

  5. Scene direction

  6. Editing

  7. Post-production

  8. Publish and market

Sample Student-Created Videos

  1. Outcast

  2. Lessons Learned from Leon (from California Student Media Festival)

Online Resources

  1. Vimeo Video School

  2. Zamzar: file format conversion service

  3. IzzyVideo

  4. MorgueFile

  5. PodsafeAudio

  6. Green screen



Local Resources

  1. CreaTV in San Jose (Christine Lin)

  2. Central County Community Occupational Center (Jeff Schmidt)

  3. Santa Clara County of Education (Jim Reissner)