Integrating Film in the Curriculum:
I am passionate about integrating film-making in the curriculum, and have been doing so in my classroom for the last 7 years. I regularly present on digital storytelling in both regional and national venues, and will be facilitating a 3 hour workshop at the 2014 annual CUE conference. Please feel free to download the sample integrated unit plan I have written, and enjoy the student samples posted on my Vimeo channel.
iPads: Mobile Movie Studios
Anyone who has seen my classroom in action knows that my students spend just as much time moving around as they do sitting at a desk. iPads are truly an awesome step forward in technology, because kids are able to make movies with even greater ease. Filming used to mean toting around MacBooks in order to use the iSight camera, and the safety of the device was always a concern. So, being able to hand a student an iPad and turn them loose to become Spielberg has been a refreshing development in Room 208 movie-making. Check out the Prezi on this page to learn more.
My Favorite Movie-Making Apps
These are just a few of the fabulous movie-making apps available for download in the App Store.
Go to: Packwoman's Film Challenges
Unleash student creativity by issuing your students a film challenge. Go to my website to learn about how to give film challenges and how to manage students during a challenge, then help yourself pre-made challenges I've written for you to use with your students.
My Favorite Screencasting Apps:
Are you in the process of flipping your content? Or, are you interested in giving students the opportunity to screencast? Check out two of my favorite screen casting apps:
Explore 3 Point Lighting Using the Simulator
Use celtx for Online Screenwriting
How do you structure digital storytelling?
The following download contains production checklists, critique forms, storyboard template, and scripting activities.
What makes an effective iMovie project?
The following download contains a set of iMovie criterion to summarize what makes an effective iMovie project. I use this in conjunction with the checklists in the previous document.
My Vimeo Channel: Room 208
Over the last seven years, my students have made some truly incredible movies. Whether demonstrating their mastery of standards in Language Arts, or telling digital stories in my Video Production class, students are instantly engaged by the movie-making process. Check out my Vimeo channel to see some of the best.
Whether you're just beginning to explore digital storytelling with your students, or if you're an old pro seeking new methods, feel free to download some of these resources. Get an inside look at how I structure digital storytelling units, print blackline masters that are appropriate for both elementary and secondary students, utilize technology-based mini lessons, and get project ideas. You can even download my original iBook from iTunes or subscribe to my iTunes U course.
Download My iBook from iTunes: Digital Storytelling
iTunes U Course: Digital Storytelling: Film Challenges
Subscribe to my iTunes U course on digital storytelling to get access to all kinds of tips, tricks, downloads, an original iBook, video tutorials, student samples and more!
Excerpt from my interview on "TGIF Networking Business Hour" about Digital Storytelling:
My Video Production Class: School News, "BTV"
For the last two years, I have been fortunate to teach a video production class during the last period of the day. My class has been responsible for producing two weekly episodes of our school's news show, "BTV" (which stands for "Bighorn Television"). We produce the Monday and Wednesday episodes each week. Visit the link below to view current and past episodes of BTV, produced by students for students: