Students at The Academy of Talented Scholars produced a series of documentary videos collaboratively scripted across 3 classes that share their perspectives on their school. The grade-wide collaborative project began at the end of their 4th-grade year and continued into their 5th.
How do moviemakers change how we see the world? How do they make what’s impossible in the real world, sometimes seem like reality? How can we as filmmakers help the public understand how video production can change how people see the real world?
Class 4-302 at PS 124 produced a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on the effects of global warming and what we can do about them.
Poetry Unit, List Poems, Poetry Videos
This Fall, fifth graders at PS 124 created “List” or “Catalog” poetry while learning to blog, and currently one of the classes is producing video representations of poems generated through this project.
Two fifth grade classes read There was a Child Went Forth by Walt Whitman, learning about the poet and his image-rich style of writing, and responded to 4 themes within the poem during directed free-writing sessions.
The second-grade teachers at PS 130 in Brooklyn are experimenting with integrating student multimedia production through iPads in their units of study on NYC communities, restaurants, and birds.
5th Grade Book Trailer – Comic Book Adaptation of The Invisible Man followed by a process-focused Media Literacy teaching video demonstrating the critical thinking that went into this student mixed media production.
It is always a goal of TMS/TGC productions to expose this decision-making process within our videos to not only demonstrate the building of media literacy that goes on at camp, but to expose our audience to those lessons as well. We hope to engage viewers in critical thinking about the constructedness of all media as they watch campers make editorial choices, and also transparently share the camp video production process to those who would like to try it for themselves.
This summer I had the pleasure of collaborating with some outstanding media educators at the 8th annual Generation Connection (TGC) summer camp in Gainesville, Florida, where we helped campers (age 8-80) use digital media to document their experiences on the camp website. The Media Spot has been working with the TGC since year one to work with participants to create documentary videos on their travels around Central Florida, encouraging critical thinking about how we can use media to shape, share, and reflect on what is important to us.
Super Battery Fairy, a PSA on recycling rechargeable batteries by Class 4-302 at PS 124 facilitated by The Media Spot, will be showing at the Thirteen/WNET, WLIW21 Celebration of Teaching and Learning as a winner of the 2010 Chase Multimedia in the Classroom Awards Competition.
ESL students from 7 different countries worked with TMS and a theater teacher to create a stage piece that incorporated original video elements. It was performed in front of a packed house at NYC’s The Kitchen in December. The kids communicated fluently in both media, and the crowd went wild!