Teaching using digital video in secondary schools
Teaching using digital video in secondary schools

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Teaching using digital video in secondary schools

5 Plotlines – what's your story?

Planning is important not only to the success of a lesson but also to the final outcome. Without a clear idea of ‘what, who, why and how’, your project might lose the plot!

Storyboarding is an essential part of film-making. At this planning stage, it is important to examine your initial idea in detail.

  • What ideas do you want to communicate?

  • Who is your audience?

  • Why: what response do you want to achieve?

  • How: which techniques will be most effective?

It is traditionally done using a sketch pad, but, with the increased availability of cheap digital cameras, you might like to consider creating a storyboard using digital still images accompanied by annotations. This activity could also be used in class to add another dimension to motivate students. If you would like additional guidance, click on the storyboarding guide.

Filming may seem a daunting task, so keep it simple. Once you have mastered the basics, you can become more adventurous in future projects. For practical advice on filming techniques, read the text document Getting Started, below (click on ‘view document’). Exploring the web links in the document will also familiarise you with the concepts and terminology of the moving image. This will help you make more effective use of the medium and guide your students better.

Click on the link below to open 'Getting started'.

Getting started [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)]

Now turn to Activity 4.

Activity 4

Draw a storyboard for your project. A Storyboard example, is available under the ‘view document’ link below. Sketch or use a digital camera to take shots of what you would like to appear on camera, printing off digital pictures and pasting the images on to a sheet of paper. Alternatively, compile an electronic storyboard using digital images. Add comments, such as your choice of wordings and timings.

Now, get the camera rolling! When you have finished filming and editing, involve another colleague (from your ICT department, perhaps) to critique your finished film, using the analysis sheet from Activity 2.

If you do this activity with students, consider editing the video yourself before asking them to analyse it using the worksheet from Activity 2.

To unleash the full creative potential of this project, give students your edited video and ask them to resequence the clips and apply different effects to improve the final product. You could then show the re-edited videos to the whole class for further analysis.

Click on the link below to open 'Storyboard example'.

Storyboard example

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