AFI Training in Action


Hello Texas!  I attended the AFI training in Dallas back in March and I have now put everything I learned into action.  My students are creating their own Documentaries about World War II.  I am having them use the techniques I learned at the AFI training to help them feel more comfortable with the technology and it is really working.  I have noticed I don’t have all the crazy questions about how do I plug in the camera to what do I do next.  The students are able to do it all on their own.  Now the questions I get are more about the content and how to go to the next level on their projects.  I can’t wait to share what they have done.  The films are due tomorrow and I am so nervous, I was up late at the school today because no matter how hard I work to get them prepared there are still procrastinators.  I promise to keep you up dated.


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  1. darcy said:

    That’s very cool…looking to plan an AFI event in AZ this coming fall, so perhaps my students will do the same…will you share your plans/guidelines?

    thanks a bunch, for pioneering!

  2. Elaine Plybon - Texas LC said:

    I did the “door scene” with a class over the last week, and it was a really positive experience. I’m anxious to hear how those WWII documentaries turn out — it is so fun watching the creativity!

  3. Diedre Cook said:

    Thanks for all the great comments. I promise to share as much as I can in an upcoming blog. I am currently busy now trying to find the time to grade 33 documentaries on WWII before we have our screenings next Monday. Yikes, so much to do and so little time. I will try to post some of the best.(I do have a waiver for all of my students) From what I saw today it has turned out GREAT. I had several students tell me they really can’t believe how good their projects turned out. They really didn’t know what to expect. I promise more soon.

  4. JohnT said:

    I think the AFI process really does take the focus off the technology and places the focus on film techniques. I also attended the AFI Dallas workshop and we have used the Screen Education process with a 4th grade class and had great success. We had to modify the process a little but still created door scenes that had film fundamentals. I am anxious to see these students work on curriculum videos using those techniques. I would also like to see your student examples so I can share student projects created using the AFI Screen Education.