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Creating resources to support the use of digital video in literacy

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					 Creating resources to
support the use of digital
    video in literacy
       Kathryn Joy
    Aboyne Lodge School
     Hertfordshire LEA
      December 2003
         The LEA Project

To develop
material which
offers guidance,
support and
literacy lesson
resources for the
digital camera
          School Context
1 form entry primary school in St. Albans

Children from a wide range of
backgrounds and abilities

Work to be undertaken initially in Year 1
and Year 6 classes
  Aspects of work in school
Curriculum development – to embed the
use of digital video in the literacy
curriculum

Work with Year 1 on the subject of
‘information’

Work with Year 6 on writing scripts and
making short ‘films’
   Planning and Preparation
School invested in 4 digital cameras – cost of
£85 each from TAG
Staff training organised – some attended Herts
course, others came to ‘in school’ training run by
county ICT adviser
In class, needed to be sure of extra adult help
for initial stages (e.g. student) and enough
space for filming to take place
Some parent help enlisted (Year 1)
Use of PC’s for editing – where and when?
   Curriculum development
Staff meeting – all class teachers identified
objectives from the National Literacy
Strategy which they felt could offer
opportunities for the use of digital video

Year 1 and Year 6 to trial the work in
2003/04 – view to embedding it in the
curriculum across the school for 2004/05
        The Year 1 project
Working with a parent
in groups of 4
Talk first – what is
information?
Shown how to use the
camera
Looked around school
for examples of
information
        The Year 6 project
Children working in groups of 6
Scripts written in literacy lessons, other
films watched for filming techniques
Storyboards agreed in groups
Shown how to use the camera
Films made independently in groups
(some lunchtimes needed)
Work evaluated
      Recording the work
Evidence:   Scripts in children’s books

            Storyboards

            Clips and Films – held on
            school PC’s

            Evaluations of what learnt,
            written by the children
       Benefits of class work
All children very
motivated by the work
True sense of ‘purpose’
to the work (especially
the script writing)
Collaborative working in
mixed ability groups
Speaking and Listening
skills – language required
Learnt new skills; use of
the camera/ editing
And we had fun too!
  Using the camera - issues
Children: Not keeping the button down for long
enough – encouraged to count to at least 5 when
filming a clip
Keeping quiet in the background, so speech heard
Keeping out of shot (need to be behind the camera)
Moving the camera slowly to avoid blurring
Need encouraging to name clips as they go along,
or is impossible to identify them
Should delete as much as possible as they go along
Management: Exporting clips from digital blue
requires a memory stick or can be written to CD and
played back through media player. Takes time!
 What we learnt – by Year 6
You need a script so you can know exactly
what to say and do, Tierney
You have to speak loudly and slowly
because if you don’t people won’t
understand what you are saying, Zahin
You have to keep the button still, Georgina
You have to move slowly or else your film
will be all wobbly and will be ruined, Curtis
You need to have one person saying ‘cut’
or ‘action’ or the camera person gets
mixed up, Alice
You need to use your storyboards to help
you, Marissa
Make sure that no-one except the actors
are in the shot, Sophie Ellen
When you forget your words, improvise!,
Maddy
             What next?
Teachers to write literacy lesson plans
including digital blue (Jan 2004)
Foundation Stage to begin using digital
blue camera for assessment purposes
(Spring 2004)
Curriculum map for 2004/05 to include
opportunities for use of digital blue, both in
literacy and across the curriculum
  Digital Blue
Aboyne Lodge
December 2003

				
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