Digital video is a powerful, transformational, educational tool. When students participate in video projects they practice all their academic skills in a productive, real world context. Click on the links below to visit the archives of our various projects that cross all curricular areas.
Community Service – Public Service Announcement
Designed, produced, and acted by 4th graders at Agnes Risley School in 2002. The class was having issues with bullying and arguing and this was their successful attempt at dealing with their own problem in a positive way. The video won an Apple iLife Educator Award, Lumiere Film Festival Award, Reno Film Festival Award, KRNV Class Act Award and local and national media coverage. I was asked once to quickly put together the process we went through to make the video – I have made that unedited paper available here as a PDF file: Don’t Laugh PDF
Being Different Is A Solution, Not A Problem! – is a 60 second Public Service Announcement about race and diversity we made for KNPB our local PBS station. The same class that made Don’t Laugh At Me in fourth grade made this video as fifth graders. It won a Lumiere Film Festival Award and was shown on KNPB. Each table group in our class was responsible for a scene – writing their script, location selection, props, getting “Extras” to appear in their scene if needed. Note the group that took one girl’s picture and printed it out full size and made masks of her face so they would all “look the same.” – Their idea, great stuff here!
Geology Videos – Designed, produced, and acted by 6th graders at Agnes Risley School in 2001. This was our first attempt at using digital video in a classroom setting. Students in cooperative groups rubriced various science videos (i.e. Bill Nye the Science Guy) then researched, wrote, storyboarded, rehearsed, built sets/backgrounds, collected props and specimens and produced each video.
This video was produced between the fall of 2005 and spring of 2006 by sixth graders at Agnes Risley School. 90 students travelled to Hazen, Nevada, to dig for fossils that are 9 to 15 million years old.