This is a post that was done during the TCEA conference and I had trouble putting the pictures in. Now I am putting it together.
Belaire High School
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
This was my favorite presentation for many reasons. First of all they started by getting us out of our seats. Next they did not let tech glitches get in the way of what they were saying. When their movie halted part way they just went on talking and did question and answer. People had lots of questions.
Finally, they learned something at the conference last year and then went home and tried it and presented it this year! It was REAL. Here are my notes and some pictures of the session. The session started out with all of us closing our eyes and following some directions on folding and tearing a piece of paper which we were given. It was a great example of diversity. We all followed the same directions, but came up with something very different. It got us out of our seats and participating. What they did was to take a group of students and have them create a digital story where they asked questions about themselves and all answered them.
What happened was that in the process they really learned to know the students and understand them better. They found out how important it was to build relationships. They did this with the 9th grade academy. There was a diversity of students and this helped them to learn more about them. Students created personal documentaries. about their in school and out of school experiences. Their initial idea was to have each of the students create their own documentary, but they realized in time that the best way was to work together and create one video. Started with 15 students selected by teachers. Very few directions. Ended up with 8 kids. The students had to take several workshops to prepare before even writing a script:
- Film Script Terminology
- Analyze documentaries
- Create Storyboards and Scripts
- Complete Creating Personal Documentaries packet
- Develop storyboard and script
- Conduct interviews
They did not have big problems, but they were able to take things that were not appropriate in the editing process. There was benefit both in the process and the product. The materials that they used can be found online at the TRLD site and also at their school
Idea: Doing this with staff would help students to get to know you better. The kids built a bond with each other as well as the teachers they worked with. Better than getting to know you sheets. Did other students see the documentary? Some, but not all because of scheduling. Poverty role playing. BelAire High School Baton Rouge Louisianna http://ebrschools.org