Sunday, November 24, 2013

Engaging Students through the Production of Student Films

As I mentioned in the previous entry, I taught a two week enrichment course for high school students about creating science films. 

Students engaged in the filmmaking process from pre-production to production to post-production. I wrote an article to advise teachers who are interested in creating movies with their students. 

This article includes advice on the three stages of film-making as well as five methods of engagement to use in the videos. I also share advice about storyboarding and scripting and additional resources for teachers to use. 

The students in my class worked on the script, storyboards, and of course, acted in the videos as lively hosts. 

Below is a still from the "Why is the Sky Blue?" video. Two student hosts scatter coffee creamer in an aquarium to show the appearance of blue light.

The article was published in the SCOPE: Curriculum Studies Newsletter, a publication of the National Association for Gifted Children, and is titled: "Engaging Students through the Production of Student Films: Advice for Successful Movies" Click on the title link above. 

If you read the article, I hope you will learn a lot and that you will consider creating science videos with your students. 

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