Note for Thursday - If I've graded something of yours, please follow me to my desk and make sure I put it in Pinnacle. Recently, I'll go to do that, and two people will be waiting for me, asking to go to the restroom. At the same time, three other students also have their hands up, and they all call my name at once. I get distracted and forget. I don't want to do that to you, so hold me accountable by watching me enter your grade.
If you have a question, please come and stand by me, but only after you've asked three others. Many of us are raising our hands and waiting for teacher to come to us, but if we're going to work independently, we need to be more proactive. I never sit down, so me asking you to take five steps isn't that big of a deal. If your question is important, get out of your seat and help me find your solution.
Yep. You need 'em. Take the notes for tomorrow's quiz.
Load it in and delete your bloopers.
Once that's done, find your sound effects. Here's how.
The biggest thing that keeps us from finding what we need is limited vocabulary when we search.
If you need the sound of a car, search for words like traffic, busy city, highway, interstate or automobile. If you can't come up with anything, ask someone from another group. "I can't think of anything!" usually means we gave up when things got difficult. Keep pushing your brain for new words and synonyms.
In the past, we've added nothing but music to our audiobooks, but from here on out, I want to hear sound effects that reflect where the characters are, and what they're doing. Music is fine, too, but when we rely on that alone, we aren't telling the whole story. Spend some time looking for just the right sounds, and add a bookmark for Soundable on your browser.
Quick note about the video above. 27 of my student groups made a video, but I have 60 groups total, so 33 of them did nothing. 45% of last year's teams made a movie. 55% of them did not.
I always get the same response when I ask students what I can do to make the class more interesting.
“Let us do more fun projects.”
Guess what? I already do.
The reason I’ve quizzed you over different videos is so that you can immediately start doing them. What many of my students have done for the twenty years I’ve been teaching, however, is this.
See a pattern? I’m top heavy on writing because of one reason – When I allow you to make movies and use the information I’ve given you, half of you don’t do it.
Some of us struggle with basic classroom rules. Many people, I have to ask them to get their head off the desk every day. If we can’t even match the behavioral rules in the classroom, there’s no way we’ll reach the academic ones, which are much more complex.
I am dying to leave you alone and let you do what you want, but many of us don’t want to do anything. In that case, there will always be another script to write, or I’ll have you re-edit the volleyball video for the fifth time.
If you want freedom, you need to pay for it with work that allows me to think, “Oh, they have something to do. They’re fine.” You’ll need to be busy every minute of every day. There’s so much wasted time in school, I can’t let it slide if you aren't.
I will be cranky about this, because for each video I assign, half of my staff won’t do it. Next, they’ll misbehave in class, then argue when I ask them to stop.
Our daily schedule will usually be the same.
Socrative or Kahoot comes first. In an advanced, hands-on class like ours, you need to know the steps to getting stuff done. If I don’t teach that, I’ll have ten people each hour ask me, “What’s a Peer Evaluation sheet? I don’t remember.”
Next comes the notes and a tutorial. When you come in the room, check the front table. Know the difference between One Per Person and One Per Group. Grab your paper without messing up the stack or knocking it over.
Take down as many notes as you can while watching the video so you can work on your project during work time. Ask your classmates to borrow a pencil before the lesson begins, and make sure it’s sharp. If not, you’ll have to wait until the lesson is over to sharpen it due to the noise.
Once that’s done, we’ll have around 30 minutes to edit. Use that time wisely.
Don’t forget the behavioral rules on the wall. When you do them, I can work more on creating new lessons and activities to make Media more fun, but the main place your fun should be coming from is the movies you write and make.
Limitations are few. Here are my big ones.
I say no to projects with stuff that would upset your parents. Violence is the biggest thing I reject, followed closely by goofy comedy that doesn’t have much of a point.
Many of us are leaning toward some of the cliché topics in movies and TV that are used to make us nervous. Even though the stories I’ve seen so far are well written, I don’t want to see a ton of them. Once we start writing these scripts, we get in a rut, and don’t want to write anything else. The big ones are these:
Stay away from these topics, or anything that’s close to them. If you tell me that you can’t think of any other idea in the world except for these things, I’ll still ask you to come up with something else. If you refuse and write nothing, you may receive a zero.
A lot of notes today, I know. Study them for tomorrow, and do them, and you can produce what you like. Hover over Video Projects, and select the one you want. Follow the steps, then make the movie. You’ll need a backup project, too, for the days when you’re waiting to take a camera home. That's where the Volleyball video comes in. Keep busy, and do what you already have the freedom to do.
Beginning in mid-February, each group will need to film their own video every two weeks. Plan for movies to be filmed at home. The school is an incredibly noisy and busy place, and I can't guarantee a quiet, calm location.
Keep yourself busy, and you can produce what you like. Otherwise, I will give you something to do, and you'll receive a zero if you don't film a video.
You don't need to get together with your partners after school to film. If you can, that's great, but what if Mom won't give you a ride? Write something that one member of the team could videotape with their own family and neighbors. When class time comes, your entire group edits it. Throughout the term, each person will be required to take home a camera and make a movie individually. Many of them can be simple projects like Parts of the Whole, Still Life, Home Movies, Sports Highlights, Audiobooks or others.
Second and Fourth Rows - Film Project One by Wednesday, February 15th.
First and Third Rows - Film Project One by Wednesday, February 22nd.
Second and Fourth Rows - Project Two must be filmed by Wednesday, March 1st.
First and Third Rows - Project Two's film by date is Wednesday, March 8th.
Second and Fourth Rows - Project Three's film by date is Wednesday, March 15th.
First and Third Rows - Project Three's film by date is Wednesday, March 22nd.
If you wrote a Lies and Stereotypes project, it must be your Project Two or Project Three, either as a short film or an Audiobook.
The best piece of advice I can give you is to film on a weeknight. Everyone wants to take a camera home on Friday. Monday through Thursday? They sit in the cabinet, sad and lonely. How do you check out a camera? Watch this and find out.
Filming with our cameras is simple. There are only two controls you need to know - the zoom and the record button. Here's how.
Make your stuff match up! Quiz tomorrow.
Quiz Friday. Study hard, friends.
When you're done with your Homework Movie, come see me for a Flash Drive with the Volleyball clips. Drag and drop them to your desktop, then Import to iMovie and edit. Here's the process.
This is a project I assign each semester, so many of us have done it before. If that is you, and you'd like to do something else, here's what I need.
Lots going on today. Here's the agenda.
You are a child's imaginary friend. He or she is getting older, and you are fading away.
Write about the dragon who rescued the princess from her knight.
Use this line anywhere. The poster read as follows: Due to the incident on November 14, Cheez-Its are no longer allowed in the cafeteria. Thank you for your cooperation.
Use this line anywhere. The janitor rolled his eyes. "Here we go again."
Use this line anywhere. Don't give me attitude, honey. I have plenty of my own.
Use this line anywhere. She didn't think I understood her, but I wasn't that stupid.
Use this line anywhere. Give me hope in the darkness that I will see the light.
Use this line anywhere. She saw him with new eyes.
Use this line anywhere. I'd kill you, but you're already dead.
Use this line anywhere. All he had to show for it was a busted lip, and...
Use this line anywhere. His breath smelled like peanut butter.
First line - She felt the weight of the world on her shoulders, and the weight of her sister in her arms.
First line - I woke up to hear knocking on the glass. At first, I thought it was the window, until I heard it come from the mirror again.
First line - She wanted me to break it. I said no.
First line - The moment I opened my eyes, I knew today would be different. Too bad I didn't know how true that statement was.
First line - You know what to do.
First line - I closed the blinds, cutting off my nosy neighbor's view.
First line - The smaller coffins are the heaviest.
First line - Mom taught me how to shave.
First line - I didn't want to open the mailbox. I knew what was inside.
Last line - I don't like to gamble, but if there's anything I'm willing to bet on, it's myself.
Want to see my example outline? Here it is.
I will write a story about a math student whose best friend starts hanging out with the troublemakers at school. My main character is afraid to talk about it, because she doesn't want to start a fight, but finally, she decides that her friend's future is more important than being comfortable. She talks to Kimberly about the bad choices she has made.
To read the story I created from my outline, click here.
When your Homework Video is done, spend some time checking for the following things:
When we're finished, our project should resemble this.
How do we edit it? Like this. Study the handout for tomorrow's quiz. It's a biggie.
Two things on our agenda today:
1. Scan in your homework video. Check the updated handout for specific info, and study it for tomorrow' quiz, but the process is the same as last term when we edited a sports video instead. Here's how to do it. With only three SD cards, this will take more than one day for my larger classes. Fear not.
2. Review the Peer Evaluation guidelines from Thursday. Key things to remember are these:
We'll Kahoot, then Socrative over today's Classroom Procedures handout. Don't forget the rules.
For Kahoot, capitalize all major words in your group name. The only words left in lower case are smaller ones, like for, to, the, a, an and others that aren't a noun, verb, adjective or adverb. Names should look like what you see below. Mess this up, and I boot you.
WildBoyz CrazyGurls Billy the Kid
For Socrative, give me first names of all people with no spaces or punctuation. Each first letter is capitalized.
LukeYoda HanLeia JakeFinn BeavisButthead
When that's finished, we will complete our writing for Como Se Dice or Lies and Stereotypes. If you're finished, grab a Peer Evaluation sheet from the camera cabinet in the back of the room, and have a friend grade it.
For those writing Lies and Stereotypes, your piece needs to be 2 minutes long when you read it out loud. I know that this is just your outline, but it should be close, at least 1:30. If not, add more detail and tell more of the story.
Fix your mistakes. Do you have missing capital letters or punctuation marks? Add them in. Repeating words? Switch them to something else. If you get a bad grade in Storytelling, you should write the piece again so it's stronger. I'll give you extra time if you ask.
Here's how the Peer Eval sheet works.
While we write our first scripts, we can work ahead and begin with the art of storytelling with a camera. Let's begin with a very simple movie: One person doing their homework. Our main goals are these:
We will film this project together in the library. Here's our one-minute masterpiece.
Quite a bit. Watch this.
Our objective for today? I can set up my bookmarks in Safari. Here's how it works.
If you can't see your bookmarks, click View, then select Show Favorites Bar. It's the third line down.
Next, grab each of these bookmarks and drag them to your Bookmarks Bar, putting them in order as you see here.
I'll check your bookmarks during the next few days for a participation grade. Make sure you have them all, and make sure your capital letters are in the right place.
During our last day of class, we need to delete all files except our Final Videos to free up memory space on our machines. Here's how it's done.