EVO Video 07: Student Video Production Syllabus

EVO Video 07: Student Video Production is a free workshop for computer savvy teachers interested in learning about how to customize a variety of video projects to best fit their class. Although not required, access to a mini DV camera and high-speed Internet is recommended. (Most contemporary digital still cameras and many mobile phones have video capaiblity also, and these will be adequate for your work here.) You will want to download and install free video editing software (iMovie for Macs or Windows Movie Maker for Win/DOS), or use the free online video editor at Jumpcut.com.

In this session we’ll refer to online tutorials as we create our own short videos and learn-by-doing the process of shooting, capturing, editing, and uploading video to the web.

Next we'll take a look at several student video productions that have been contributed by fellow teachers, and the step-by-step process of how they produced these projects with their students. (Projects include skits, narratives, documentaries, news reports, commercials, and more.)

The second activity of this session focuses on adapting or customizing one of the above mentioned projects as needed to account for skill level, class size, time, budget, and other factors. At the end of the session participants will have to opportunity to add their production plans (lesson plans) to one or more online archives of teacher resources, and to participate in a class network where students may share their work with other students around the world.

Please see the list of student work in the left sidebar of this wiki for examples made during the 2007 year.

Platforms for delivery:
∑ Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EVOvideo07
∑ Wiki: http://evovideo07.wikispaces.com
∑You preferred vlog or other archival space on the Internet (see sidebar for suggestions)

Target Audience: Computer savvy teachers interested in producing video-projects with their class.

Requirements: Basic knowledge of computers, camera operation and video editing.

Equipment: Access to a DV camera, computer, and a high-speed Internet connection is recommended.

Week 1: Getting started: introductions, email preferences, netiquette, group survey.
Week 2: How to shoot, capture, edit, and upload a video to the web.
Week 3: Class-video projects: skits, narratives, documentaries, and commercials.
Week 4: Watch member videos. Customize your class-video project plan and upload it to wiki.
Week 5: Provide each other with project feedback. Grading group projects.
Week 6: Teacher resources. Release forms. Session Wrap.

Week 1: Getting started
During this week participants and moderators will introduce themselves and prepare for the session.

∑ Benefits of video production to the student (article)
∑ Links to survey, quiz and tutorial.

Week 1 – Jan. 15 – Jan. 21
1. Activities
2. Benchmarks

1. Introduce yourself to our EVO group of teachers and trainers by sending an email message to EVOvideo07@yahoogroups.com. Tell us a little about:
∑ Where you teach, and what level and age group you’re teaching
∑ What your students would like about class-video projects
∑ Your past experiences with video and/or class-video projects (include links to examples if possible)
∑ Any video production literature you might be using
∑ Some of subjects and topics you like to learn more about during this session

2. Upload your photo to the PHOTOS page of our Wiki: http://evovideo07.wikispaces.com

3. Make sure to set your options in our Yahoo Group to receive individual messages or to get a daily digest, so you'll know what others have written. To do that, click on Edit My Membership on the top right of our front page. Under Message Delivery, check either Individual Emails or Daily Digest. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the screen. You may also want to configure your yahoo mailbox to filter all email from our group to one folder – THIS IS EASY TO DO AND HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Click here for the tutorial.

4. Write to the group your comments about and impressions of ‘Benefits of SVP.”

5. Read Netiquette and take the self-test.

6. Complete the Needs Assessment survey.

I have . . .
∑ introduced myself
∑ set my email preferences / configured my yahoo account
∑ uploaded a photo
∑ commented on “Benefits of SVP”
∑ read Netiquette and taken the self-test
∑ completed the needs assessment survey

Week 2: Video Production: shoot, edit and upload
During this week we will go over the basics of shooting, capturing, editing and uploading video.

∑ Sarah’s Video showing “how to capture / edit / upload to YouTube” (tentative)
∑ Current TV Survival Guide: Tutorial for planning, shooting, editing
∑ Kid’s Vid website: Tips on scripting, shooting and editing
∑ (and others)

Week 2 – Jan. 22 – Jan. 28
1. Activities
2. Benchmarks


1. Write to the group your comments about and impressions of this week’s materials. Please include in your post any links to other resources that you have found helpful.

2. Working alone or with some friends, create a short (1-2min) personal narrative or documentary style video and share it with the group. Actually, your video can be anything -- the goal of the exercise is to work through the technical process presented in this week’s materials. Focus on the process: plan, shoot, capture, edit (try to make at least 7 edits), export, and upload to YouTube, Revver, Google, etc..
Your video should be simple and short and share something about the place where you are.
Once you’ve upload you video to the web, post the link to your video in the LINKS area of our YG.
Have fun! We look forward to seeing your work!
Contact moderators for any help or advice with editing and/or uploading to the web.
Note: Please post your links no later than the end of week 3 (Feb. 4th).

I have . . .
∑ viewed this week’s materials and written to the group.
∑ made my video that shares a bit of the culture and place where I live and have uploaded it to the web and provide our YG with the link (please post links no later than end of week 3, (Feb. 4th).

Week 3: Class-video projects: skits, narratives, docs, and commercials
This week we will go over several class-video project plans and discuss means of customizing them for use in our own class, taking into account things like: time, budget, class size, class skill level, student age, etc.. Many thanks to _, _, _, and _ for sharing these project plans with us.

∑ Links to production plans for class: skits, narratives, role-plays, and commercials.

Week 3 – Jan. 29 – Feb. 4
1. Activities
2. Benchmarks

1. Go over the material of this week and write to group:
∑ Think of a class you recently taught - which project would have worked best for them?
∑ In what ways (if any) would you need to modify the production plan to fit your class? In other words, what changes would you make to the project based on time, equipment, class’ size, skill level, age, and the number of times your class meets per week?
∑ What other ideas have you had in concern to this?

2. If you haven’t already, please upload your video to the web and post the link in the LINKS area of our YG.

I have . . .
∑ viewed this week’s materials and written to the group.
∑ made my video that shares a bit of the culture and place where I live and have uploaded it to the web and provided our YG with the link.

Week 4: Watch member videos / Customize your class-video project plan
This week we’ll watch the videos created by our peers in weeks 2 and 3 of the session. We’ll also finish customizing one of the project plans that were presented last week and post it on the EVO Video 07 wiki.

∑ LINKS section of our YG (links to our group’s videos)
∑ Tutorial: “How to post to the wiki”
∑ Lesson plan and Activity templates

Week 4 – Feb. 5 – Feb. 11
1. Activities
2. Benchmarks

1. Watch the videos made by our group members and offer feedback.
2. Select one of the class-video projects presented last week and adapt it to fit your class. Post this lesson plan to your wiki page. Please also include the preview activity you would use to introduce this project, as well as ideas for follow up activities. Be as detailed as possible.

Note: Moderators will create a wiki page for each member of the session. Please take advantage of this opportunity to share your ideas with your peers. (If you are having trouble posting, email your document to Ryan for him to post.)

I have . . .
∑ viewed several of the videos created by this group and have left feedback for the producers.
∑ posted my project plan and preview/follow up activities to my wiki page.

Week 5: Providing each other with feedback / Grading group projects
This week we will read each other’s project plans and post comments. We’ll also discuss grading.

∑ Member wiki pages
∑ Release forms and rubrics

Week 5 – Feb. 12 – Feb. 18
1. Activities
2. Benchmarks

1. Please read several member project plans and leave feedback.
2. Write to the group:
∑ Which project plan might you try next?
∑ Which ideas from other project plans did you find helpful
∑ How would you assess or evaluate the work of your students?

I have . . .
∑ read several of the project plans posted by this group’s members, taking note of useful ideas.
∑ written to the group about how I’d grade the class project.

Week 6: Teacher resources. Release forms. Session Wrap
This week we will look at online resources for teachers. Participants are encouraged to upload their production plans for other teachers to use and refer too. We will also briefly discuss release forms and close with session evaluations.

∑ Individual and group release forms, and Nicolas’ letter concerning release forms.
∑ Links to teacher resource sites.

Week 6 – Feb. 19 – Feb. 25
1. Activities
2. Benchmarks

1. Read Nicolas’ letter concerning release forms. Please download the release forms from our YG and save them for future use.
2. Might you be able to create a video exchange or collaboration with any of the participants' students? Suggest some ideas.
3. Complete the evaluation for this session.