A Five Step Program

     No it’s not therapy, but it could be a good treatment for students suffering from a lack of interest. I was just going over “The 21st Century Educator’s Handbook” again in preparation for our webinar this Wednesday with Frank Guttler, Associate Director of AFI’s K-12 Screen Education Center. This is the teacher’s guide for the  “Lights, Camera, Education!” program that is downloadable along with video clips from unitedstreaming. (AFI = the American Film Institute.) I thought I’d prime the pump a little today and talk about the five step process they have developed to help students prepare and organize, shoot and edit, and evaluate and reflect on videos they can make that integrate with their classroom curriculum. Unlike what I call “classic” digital storytelling that usually focuses on individual experience and reflection, this model is a team project from the pitch to the exhibit/evaluation.
     All five steps include points to think about, challenge, reflect, and revise.Afi21st They are all well illustrated in the accompanying videos.

     1. Script Development – After brainstorming with your team, pitch your roughed out story to your classmates and teacher. Does it follow the rubric? Does it flow and have a point? Take what you learn from their feedback and preparation for the pitch to…
     2. Screenwriting and Storyboarding – polish that prose and lay your scenes out comic strip style so you know what to shoot and where and how.
     3. Filming – this is the fun part, but it won’t be very enjoyable if crew members don’t understand their roles behind and in front of the camera, and if the preparation from the first two steps wasn’t sufficient to visualize the story.
     4. Editing – Back to the storyboard for guidance in putting the pieces together. Did you get what you needed? Is there an economy of words and images to keep the story flowing and the viewer interested? Do an assembly (rough draft) edit to answer those questions and then a final edit to polish it and add music, narration, credits, etc.
     5. Exhibit/Review/Reflect – Everyone watches each other’s films and everyone is a critic. Write a review of the films and then share them with the film makers. Reflect on your peers’ observations and go back to your own video to validate their critique.
     “See” you Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 EST. Webinar and registration information is at https://blog.discoveryeducation.comdiscovery_educator_networ/2007/01/edtechconnect_w.html


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