“While we teach, we learn,” said the Roman philosopher Seneca. Mr. Elliott’s 7th grade science classes recently put this ancient wisdom into action by creating amazing instructional videos detailing their knowledge of the circulatory system.
Part of a larger study of the human body, 7th graders covered the circulatory system content using their Discovery Ed Science Techbooks, with the guidance of a teacher-provided outline and other select resources. In past years, Mr. Elliott would have then assigned students a final culminating project, such as an oral report, or slide presentation. But this year, he wanted his students to utilize audio/visual-rich technology tools to demonstrate their expert status on specific elements of the circulatory system. So Mr. Elliott charged his 7th graders with the task of creating interesting and unique, narrated instructional videos.
Working in pairs, the 7th graders began by reviewing a selection of copyright-friendly, editable Discovery Ed videos. Each student group was asked to present a specific areas of the circulatory system, such as the heart, blood vessels, or blood cell types. Once the students had selected some interesting video, they transferred clips into iMovie to do some initial editing. Each group then wrote a detailed script to accompany their video. Excitement and anticipation about the project grew as students prepared for their Green Screen Studio appointment slots by practicing script narration timing with their custom videos. Mr. Elliott observed that enthusiasm for this project drove students to be quite independent while completing their work.
Once everything was prepared, each student group arrived at Fletcher’s Green Screen Studio and began downloading their scripts into the PromptSmart teleprompter app. They next set up their edited iMovie in the Green Screen by Do Ink app, which enabled the student experts to see their video playing behind them while they read their script. Classmates volunteered to run the iPad camera and teleprompter, creating a positive, collaborative atmosphere. The experts donned their lab coats and enjoyed filming their creations, resulting in exceptional videos.