Videos (even cartoons) can be fantastic conversations starters. Watch each video and think about / write down how they could be used in a classroom. You may have to think outside your discipline.
Video has changed. It used to be that the "point-and-shoot, edit, then produce" type of video was the only type of video. Now there are many tools for creating really remarkable videos for the classroom setting. We will be explore some of them this week so that you will be able to use them in your 514 final video project in a couple weeks.
Screencasting with Doceri (iPad)
There are many screencasting apps to choose from; however, Doceri is one of my favorites right now for the iPad. Download it and give it a try. I'll walk you through it and let you play with it a bit. Your goal is to get something saved to your camera roll. You can be extremely creative with this app.
Doceri Screencast Assignment
Choose a subject. Think of something you could be teaching tomorrow or next week and would be appropriate to make online for students at home.
Storyboard. In this case, use the frames in Doceri as a real-time storyboard, planning out your video slide by slide. Bring in images from the web of any type and experiment with different slide backgrounds.
Make the video. It might take a couple of tries and that's OK. Shoot for 2 - 3 minutes.
Export the video to your camera roll (on the iPad) and then share it to YouTube. If that doesn't work, you can always send it over to your computer and upload it to YouTube from there.
Paste the YouTube link to the proper assignment in Google+ to turn it in.
Project #5 - The Digital Story
For this project, you will use video editing software to create a biography or historical event story. Through the process, you will learn how to create a completely different type of video where your voice (not your face) will be the star! You will create a slideshow with audio to tell a story as opposed to video footage. You can use photos you have taken, photos from the Library of Congress archive, or any creative commons image.
Conceive of a story that meshes with some part of your curriculum and that you believe will make a compelling video
Choose the images you will be using to tell your story and in what order those images will be presented.
Develop a storyboard/script detailing what your voice-over narration will be for each image.
Production / Post-Production
Bring your images into iMovie, and design the path of the Ken Burns effect for each
Narrate your story using voiceover in iMovie. (You don't need a microphone for this. Your internal mic in your laptop or iPad is sufficient.)
Bring in titles where appropriate. (At least the beginning and the end.)
Place appropriate transitions in between images.
Bring in appropriate background music. You can find a ton of royalty-free music licensed for noncommercial purposes via Creative Commons at the Free Music Archive. Make sure you duck your music under your narration.
Upload your finished video you YouTube and post in Google +.
Final Video Project
It feels a little early for us to be talking Final Project, but after tonight we have 4 weeks left, and there are many moving parts involved in the process.
Project Proposal (due Week 6) - Complete the Project Proposal Form. Make sure your project goal is clearly identified and thoroughly explained.
Storyboard or POD (due Week 7) - Provides relevant information and a clear purpose to your video. Clearly identifies the type of shots, the subject, and sketches of your scenes. Scenes and audio should be described in detail. Detail a variety shot types included.
Rough Cut (due Week 8) - Every scene is recorded, uploaded to the computer (or iPad), and imported into the editing software. Shots are placed in order and the project is complete enough to share with your classmates to receive feedback. Export the rough cut and upload to YouTube. Please include "rough cut" in the title.
Final Video (due Week 9) - After some input from your classmates, you polish your rough cut into your final video. Then upload to YouTube.
Final Video Required Elements
Length - Video should be 5 - 10 minutes long.
Audio - Presentation must be recorded in a quiet environment without background noise and distractions. If you are filming outside, be aware of your surroundings. Freeways and wind can be your worst nightmare. Voiceovers need to be synced to video clips. Sound levels of voice, music, and effects need to be at consistent levels and enhance the overall presentation. Music should be licensed for noncommercial purposes via Creative Commons: Free Music Archive
Video Quality - Lightning needs to be natural. Picture should be well-lit. Graphics should enhance meaning. Images are high resolution and eye-catching.
Editing: Pace - The video must maintain a consistent, brisk pace. Transitions should be appropriate to the video and smooth. Effects are only used when necessary.
Editing: Meets Objective - The project goal for the proposal is clearly met. The content is presented in an understandable way and promotes student learning.
Editing: Plot - The audience is easily able to follow the plot of the video. The purpose of the video is very clear.
Shot Composition - The shots (mostly) follow the rule of thirds. Video includes at least 5 different shot types. The background enhances the composition. Static shots have no camera movement.
Hopefully this helps. Keep this webpage close as you work. Remember, preparation is EXTREMELY important for this video. Don't skip the pre-production steps. Also, each week I will remind you of the necessary assignments. Even though this look overwhelming, we'll tackle it together slowly.