Just a random video, as if we are not going to have a lot of videos today 🙂
It’s an animation, it’s educational, and it’s creative! But I’m not going to play it in class. Play it privately if you will. Warning: The imagery cannot be unseen, and the song cannot be unheard.
Time to share our movies!
We will show our movies to the class in this order (basically the reverse order your groups registered with me):
- Brittany, Rachel, Mecole
- Taylor Canerday, Morgan Ukaonu, Raven Rice
- Megan McMillan and Leslie Apseloff
- Corrine Skinner, Wade Cox, Sarah Enterkin
- Ryan Rose, Allen Williams, Mike Licitra
- Sarah Schwartz, Katy McCorkle, Sydney Menges
- Kate Ackerman, Amelia Hunt, Zach Hyers
As usual, when one group is presenting, give them some feedback in this Google doc.
Our shared YouTube channel is here.
After you’ve share your movie, I hope you can share some thoughts with us: (You’ll also write about these in your reflection)
- How do you think this video can help audiences/students to understand the concept?
- What did you do to achieve the above?
- Where do you see your creativity in this video?
- How do you perceive the value of this video published in the YouTube?
- What advice would you give to students and teachers when creating videos?
I don’t expect each group to take more than 5 minutes, but if you do, it really won’t hurt, so go for it.
Day 1 (Wed, Sep. 14) – Group formation (2-4): select one topic and research, and start working on your storyboard
Day 2 (Fri, Sep. 16) – Submit detailed storyboard (scripts for voice-over, order of content), start developing props resources for props.
Day 3 (Mon, Sep. 19) – Develop props, and take pictures.
Day 4 (Wed, Sep. 21) – Finalize taking pictures, begin filming
Day 5 (Fri, Sep. 23) – Finalize filming and publish to YouTube by Monday before class
Day 6 (Mon, Sep.
26) – Sharing and discussion
The reflection is due after the mid-term, at 11:59pm, Sun., Oct. 9.
- What are the things that stood out for you in the movies?
- What are the things that you think can be improved?
Reflection (individual work)
- On your WordPress blog, create a new page for your stop animation. Embed the video in that page, and post your reflection on the same page.
- Create a link in your Portfolio page pointing to the Stop Animation page.
- You should consider the 7 questions in the rubric when writing the reflection (or justify why you choose to omit or change some of the questions).
- Although not a strict requirement, I expect at least 300 words. That’s about one page of a Word document.
For your convenience, the rubric for the entire project can be found here.
Cleaning up WordPress (if we finally have time)
I’m subscribed to all of your blogs, but it’s quite difficult to tell who’s who. You probably can’t, either:
For this reason I haven’t graded your StoryCorps lesson plan and your 1st Genius Hour post yet. I was afraid that some of you don’t really know what you are doing with WordPress, and we’ll sort it out today.
Here’s a video tutorial on how to customize your WordPress:
Also check out the author’s next video if you want to play with widgets.
What you need to do by the end of the day:
- Change the title to your blog into something that other people can easily recognize.
- Make sure your blog posts and the portfolio page are accessible from the landing page (e.g., when you visit our course website, you have immediate access to each day’s post, and the project pages).
- Remove useless widgets from your blog, or turn them into something useful (a search box, a recent posts menu, a calendar, etc.).
- Remove WordPress sample pages, posts (“Hello, world!”), and comments.
Preparing for Wednesday
- We will move on to our next project: Wonderopolis improved–the critical thinking project. Wonderopolis as a website and a knowledge sharing platform will be our technology this time, and we will again investigate its use for the classroom. In preparation:
- Check out http://wonderopolis.org/ and be ready to tell me what you think they are about.
- Prepare a story where you think some critical thinking can be applied.
- Your 2nd Genius Hour post is due 11:59pm, Monday, Oct. 3. We post on a biweekly basis. I’d like to see (some early versions of) your work–a design, an object–anything that you can show people “Look what I’ve made!” But I also totally understand that if this is not possible given the nature of your project (tell me about it in your post!)
- Let me know if you have questions or concerns. Email me at email@example.com.