Evaluate 1 – Formative Assessments

The following blog is part of my EOTC class.  I moved to a paperless classroom 5 years ago.  This has helped me out because I was forced to put my material online.  At the school I am leaving I had 90 GB stored on my Google Drive.  I am not going to say all of it was material that would have been printed.

So it should not be a surprise that my assessments are online too.  One of my favorite was to assess my students was to use Quizlet.  I encouraged my students to go to the site to study the words using the match game.  I had my students log into Quizlet so they could see the scores.  I would always play the game of few times.  The game kept a record of the high scores.  I would challenge the students to beat my scores, the scores of the other classes and old record holders.  While the student were playing the game, I would go around a look at the individual student scores to see how they were doing.  There were usually a few who get pretty competitive.  I judged the class on how the class as a whole averaged out.

When I finished the unit in my class,  It would be no surprise to find out that I used Quizlet again for 2 purposes.  One is I would use Quizlet live as review.  The students were fiercely competitive playing this game.  Once one group was ahead a few times, I would switch the groups.  The student would often use silly names, I would join in quietly from my computer under a false identity and play along.

The second way I would use Quizlet is to help me write the test at the end of the unit.  Whenever I would get stuck, I would use the Quizlet test mode to help me construct new questions.  I told the students this and I would see them taking the tests on their own.

The following is a Quilt  over film terms I created for my class.  I broke down this unit over several days because it is a lot of material.  I would give the students time at the beginning or the end of class to use the computers.   Quizlett

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Communicate 3 – Feedback

The following is a blog for my EOTC class.  I have written about this scavenger hunt assignment before.  The assignment involves the students taking pictures to demonstrate camera composition.   Here is the student assignment.  I am revamping my grading tool for this assignment. Here is the upgraded rubric.

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Navigate 2 – LMS Trends

The following post is part of my EOTC class.   I read several articles about LMS trends and consider myself  a little more opinionated about the subject.

One of the big trends I see potential for is more online video.  I am both a video teacher and use tons of online video for my classes.  Video can easily be incorporated into online classes.  I use tons of YouTube playlists in my face to face class.  I can use it to introduce a subject, review a subject, remediate a subject or for enrichment about a subject.

One of the nice things about YouTube is the ability to set a start time so the learning doesn’t have to watch the whole video.  If you want to reinforce a concept you have the video begin at that point.  With playlists, you could even create your own segway to the next topic  in between video.

I don’t see YouTube as being a fad. The service gets better every year.  The YouTube Kids service was introduced recently. YouTube Kids is great way for parents to safeguard their children when using online video.

The biggest roadblock when using online video is having a place to post the video. As more school districts ease the restrictions on more students will have access to the great content available.  There are other video hosting services available for schools to use but the ease of use on these sites leaves a lot to be desired.

There are plenty of YouTubers who put out education videos for both teachers and students.  Youtube even had at least one conference for educational YouTubers.

The Khan Academy and Ted Talks seem to cover wide variety of topics.  If you look around it is pretty easy to find a list of other educational YouTube channels just waiting to be discovered.  My favorites include CGP Grey and Rocket Jump Film School.  When a new topic or app is introduced new videos spring up fairly quick.  I planned a video on iOS app Clips only to to find out several videos during my research phase.

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Participate 3- Accessing Digital Learning Communities

The following blog was written as part of a class I am taking online.

The big problem/ barrier  with audio video technology resources is a lack of uniformity.  One of the best school programs I have seen in person is GHS TV at Germantown High School.   The program at the time incorporated several teachers and ran a community access TV station 12 months a year.  This is a great program to follow if you have that kind of financial support.  However just a few miles away in Memphis Tennessee, teachers were patching together consumer grade equipment.   So when you are researching material it may be hard to find a program that has similar resources.  The best thing is to find your information from other programs in your community and state.    This makes it easier to sort out this information.  I was down the road from GHS at the time so it was easy for me to distinguish the differences in our programs.

It is better now then when I started out.  I had a few websites I visited pretty regularly but that was it.  Now I participate in list serves and Facebook groups.  It is much easier to post a question then to find a source online.  You can get answers from across the county from programs that are similar.

Another barrier with online information is some of the information leaves room for discussion.  Most media specialists will tell you that it is ok to to use 30 seconds of copyrighted material in your projects.  However the Student Press Legal Center will tell you something different.    I have seen tons of conflicting information.  I have my own interpretations through my experience.  I tell my students to rely on their employer or teacher when dealing with sticky information.

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Participate 1 – Joining a DLC

This my 2nd post for my online class.  Although it is a little off topic for me, I hope it offers my readers something they can use.  The product I am creating as part of this class should offer something for my readers. If this article does not interest you skip to the bottom and look for Film and TV webmix and click on it.  I am sure you find this is a valuable resource.

The first thing I immediately did was do a Google search to to find out the difference between a digital learning community and personal learning network.  According to the websites I visited, a digital learning community or dlc for short is socializing with others to share knowledge about a subject.  A personal learning network or pln is personalized to you.   So your pln may be composed of several different subjects.  My pln is composed of journalism, film and technology resources.

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I was a little surprised to discover I have been doing this for years in my own personalized way.  I have been participating in RTNF Listserv for years.  I have followed several schools that had exemplary video programs via their webpages. I am a member of a Facebook group for Broadcast Video Teachers.  I started a Google plus group for my school and fellow film and video teachers.  Plus I have been participating in a few different twitter chats.

The digital learning community I have learned the most from lately is the Facebook group for Georgia  Broadcast teachers. It is great because I can post a question in the morning and usually by lunch someone has answered my question.  Most of the teachers in this group are the only one in the building and possibly the district who teaches their class.  It is great being able to hear feedback and share answers with others.  The most difficult thing about this group is you need to know someone to join it.  It isn’t really for students but for their teachers.

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I am using the iOS and the desktop version of this Symbaloo.  Using the desktop versions gives me a lot more options.   Using the iOS version gives me the convenience of using the software anywhere.  I think it may be best to set up Symbaloo on a desktop.  Once I have a fully functioning web mix I have created, it  will be able to easily use from my iPad or other mobile device.

I took all of the resources from above and created a WebMix.  This includes tutorials that I use in my class, school websites, youtube channels and professional organizations.  My goal was to create something I would use and other teacher in my subject area could use.  Students might find some of it useful.  I would probably adapt it for student use.

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Film and Video Book for Classroom Teachers

A few years ago,  I was part of a small video production company.  We were trying to find our niche.  We all enjoyed making films, but we knew we were not going to be the next Warner Brothers Pictures.  We all agreed that running our production company would allow us to make films even if that was not the focus of our business.  We produced some commercials, recorded some live events and made some instructional videos.

Fast forward a few years later

We were all working other demanding jobs.  We had a couple of projects we needed to do but not the time to work on them.  We all agreed it was time to dissolve the business part, although we would try and collaborate on some projects together for fun.  In the end, I asked to keep the website up and in hopes that business would grow and we had an entertainment blog that was getting major traffic until this last summer.

This last year, I have began to revive some of our projects for fun and hopefully for profit.  The first of these projects was our instructional video series Tap That. This was video series to help people use their iOS devices.  So far I have made a few videos and am working on updating the format.

Another project that we worked on was an interactive ebook for film and video production. The goal was to align it to match the state standards for Georgia. Since we were dealing with digital distribution it would be easy to create multiple versions to match each state.  I had a 90 page draft, I was working on when the standards were updated.  I  worked on recreating an outline to match the new standards.  I was primarily in charge of creating the content since I had years of experience teaching.  Before I could get a new draft finished, I had a trip to attend the Student Television Network Convention.  We scrambled and I was able to put together on a chapter on camera composition in a PDF format.

When I attended the convention, I shared a link with the teachers I knew.  I also posted links to social media.  The link was for a form.  If you shared your name and email address, you received a link to download the pdf.  It was our plan to send the teachers an email with a discount code when the full book was released.  Our plan was to keep the book cheap since it was digital media and teacher might be paying for this out of their own pocket.  The last time I looked we had 200+ downloads.

Sometime in the middle of the spring, the website was up for renewal.  I missed this because this because I was not in charge of the website.  It went down and with some help migrated the material to a free site.  I am not sure if the link for the PDF or the form still exist.  I still have all the material and several drafts of the PDF.  I am going to  create a new form and put the PDF back online.

So what is next?

I am working on new outlines and would like to break this down into series of several short ebooks.   The ebooks will be aimed more at teaching video production.   This time it will be in the Kindle format so that it can be read on more devices.  I am going to be looking for a couple people to proofread my material.  I usually write late at night and I type slower then I think.   Since this is going to be a solo effort,  any feedback would be great.  A new website would be great.

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Film Equipment for the Audio Video Technology and Film Classroom

This is enough gear to get your class started in film production.

DSLR Camera capable of recording video

Suggested Canon Rebel

A 50mm or an 85 mm prime lens

Suggested a Canon 50 mm  1.8

A slate

Suggested a Ikan White production 9 x 11 slate

An audio recorder

Suggested Zoom H4n

A boom pole

Suggested a Rode Micro Boom Pole

A shotgun microphone 

Suggested Audio-Technica ATR6550 Condenser Shotgun Micro

A tripod

Suggested a Benro or Manfrotto

Light source

Suggested 2 Wescott 5 in 1 Reflectors

Assorted Cables and Extra Batteries

This is almost the same equipment I used on some of our first short films.  We have used most of this same equipment if not something equivalent was used. Hopefully, you have a few of these items.  For my next post, I am going to going to go over the crew positions for a classroom short film and next steps for equipment.