Everybody’s a Critic!

     And the American Film Institute wants to give them a voice and a framework to learn to be critical viewers and to take feedback as a way to improve their own work.
     In the “The 21st Century Educator’s Handbook” that is part of the “Lights, Camera, Education!” program available on unitedstreaming, as you get close to the end after all the production ideas and before you get to the actual evaluation rubrics, there is a very structured, seven phase Feedback Protocol. Frankly, I don’t know if many teachers will take the extra 20-30 minutes per project that they recommend, but it seems to be a wonderful opportunity for the whole class to be empowered to offer feedback and dialogue BEFORE the project is turned in for a final grade. Three students assume leadership rôles as the Presenter who speaks for the project, the Facilitator who guides the class through the protocol and the Time-Keeper who keeps each part to its allotted time.
     Phase One is the overview delivered by the Presenter and includes a showing of what might be the next to last version of their video.
     Phase Two is clarifying questions (everything but “why”) asked by the class/audience.
     Phase Three is probing questions (now “why”) that could lead to longer answers by the presenter.
     Phase Four is an audience discussion that pretends that the presenting group is not there. This can lead to a rich analysis of what worked and what didn’t for the viewers. The presenting group remains silent during this part, but takes notes.
     Phase Five has the Facilitator giving a brief summary and offers possible next steps for revision.
     Phase Six lets the Presenter respond to the feedback and reflect on any new ideas that may have come up.Afiphase2

     Phase Seven gives the teacher an opportunity to reflect on the entire process and check on what was “learned, valued and could be improved.”

     Don’t forget to join us this Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 EST for an EdTechConnect webinar with Frank Guttler, Associate Director of the AFI’s K-12 Screen Education Center. Webinar information is at https://blog.discoveryeducation.comdiscovery_educator_networ/2007/01/edtechconnect_w.html

     Next up, evaluation rubrics for both the beginning and the end of the film making process.

Pictures are from AFI’s "The 21st Century Educator’s Handbook: Protocol and Materials Guide to the Screen Education Process."


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