Teach With video is a blog to help teachers integrate digital video projects in the classes they teach. The podcast provides tips for classroom management, unit and lesson design, and various resources to help teachers guide students toward the successful creation of curriculum-based videos.
Below are examples of the movies students created as a part of the “Art as social action” unit. Some students focused more on the artistic process, while other more on the issue. More movies from this unit.
This is my third entry about the movie project Sara Arno is undertaking in her class, with my support. To see all of the blog entries for this project, select the Arno Art Project category.
The students have researched social issues and have each chosen one. The issues are teenage pregnancy, school violence, multicultural society, drug & alcohol abuse, animal rights, illegal immigration, feminism, sexism, and human trafficking. They have begun sketching ideas for the work of art they will produce.
I have been working with some 5th grade classes making movies using the iPads. Some of the students were creating trailers for books they have read. I created the storyboards below to help them plan their movies.
This is my second entry about the movie project Sara Arno is undertaking in her class, with my support. To see all of the blog entries for this project, select the Arno Art Project category.
We have spent some time in class discussion about art and social activism, and one of the conversations I found most interesting was when we were developing the rubric as a class. Some big questions were, “Is the artwork the main part of the project or is the movie? Which is more important? Is the movie art?” And of course, “What are we getting points for?” We didn’t really have concrete answers for any of this, other than each student will have to decide, based on the rubric criteria, where s/he will focus his/her efforts. Some of the discussion was based on the movie below. The students all agreed that the movie was art, and the artistic techniques used were good, but nothing spectacular.
This past week I was helping students with storyboards in preparation for the movies they will be making to try to inspire others, a la Kid President. I found this video by Jeremy Cathey on film making tips that really hit the spot for these 5th graders. Great tips, and very appropriate for their level.
Last week I began working with Sara Arno, one of our high school art teachers on a project we developed together, which is to say, Sara developed the content requirements, and I helped brainstorm how we could integrate the technology to provoke deeper thinking. The students are studying art’s place in society, and are going to create a project that is personal and speaks to this. There will be research required, and the students will document their progress through photo and video and will create a movie at the end of the project that documents and reflects on the process of creating the work of art.
The first day of class focused on a discussion about the place and function of art in society.
From Sara: The following day’s discussion on what to require in a well developed rubric was thoughtful. The students offered some good insights and a powerful discussion about “is this art or social research” followed. A good example was offered. When Picasso painted, Guernica, termed the greatest propaganda art piece of the 20th century, could he have done an iMovie? Would it have been the art or would there have been two ways to communicate the same protest piece?
I have wanted to learn how to use Final Cut Pro for quite some time. Unfortunately, I don’t know anyone who knows how to use it and can teach me. I finally decided to jump in. Over the past couple of months I struggled through creating a couple of movies using FCP that I could have done easily in iMovie. These were movies I had to do for various reasons, which forced me to figure out how to use some of FCP’s features. Through this process I found many tutorials on YouTube (like the one below), and discovered that FCP is easier to use than I expected. I am by no means an expert, but I can do the basics now.
I have created a Diigo group to gather FCP X tutorials. Please join & contribute.