Videoing with Scramblers

Today I went into the Scramblers classroom (3-4 year olds) and taught them a bit about recording videos on the iPads. Over a few weeks before the holidays I had taught them how to take photos with their iPads. Since then their teacher has been reinforcing this by having them take pictures of work within the classroom.  

Today when I arrived there were only 5 students in the class. I asked them if they remembered what I had taught them and they said “pictures”. Then I asked them if they would like to learn how to take moving pictures. They were all very interested. I asked them if they remembered how to take a good picture. 

They surprised me by being able to tell me that they should stay still, hold the iPad carefully and push the button. I was really impressed with their retention of the the skills that they had learned before the break. 

Once we talked about videoing I showed them how to shot a video using a student as an example. Then I sent them off in very small groups to video each other saying their name and their age. They did a great job of filming each other and a few teachers!

Amazing Videoing Lesson with Kinder

I just had an amazing videoing lesson with a Kindergarten class. We are going to make an iMovie about the things that help us to learn. They have been working on this unit for about 4 weeks already so they have lots of knowledge about what helps them learn.  

Two years ago we did this lesson with the iPods, but I made the movie.  This year I managed to get the teachers to agree to let the kids build the movie! So when I sat down with the kids I started with, “Are you ready for a challenge?”  They all responded with a “Yes!”.  I told them that we would be making a movie.  They all were very excited.  I let them know that we would take small videos and put them together to make a larger one and that they would do that!

So we discussed what things we need to remember when videoing.  They are usually pretty good at remembering all of the things that I would put on the list.  The usual suspects are:

  • No Finger Monsters (This is what we call the stray fingers in pictures and videos.)
  • Speak Bravely (this came from Zeniya!)
  • Be still when videoing (We talked about how if you do move move slowly.)
  • Speak quietly if you are not videoing
  • Keep the person in the center of the iPad screen.
  • No Silly business
  • Keep a good distance from the person you are videoing
  • Stay Calm (Don’t wiggle too much when you are on camera.)

We then started practicing what they were going to say.  This is when their teacher Mrs. Honey brought over the mind maps that they had been creating.  This helped them with preparing what they would say. They all went with their mind maps to think about what they wanted to say.  Then they were to come to me and tell me their sentence.

Once they had their sentence ready, I matched them with a partner and they began videoing.  We quickly realized that the room was too noisy so we all stopped and waited while I called out team names and told them to record.  The kids did an amazing job of remaining silent while their classmates recorded their sentences.

One of the things that I will need to show them next time is to have a bit of time at the beginning and the end of the video.  This helps with the putting it together part, as some of the videos are 2 secs long!

Videoing/Camera lesson

I have been doing a videoing/picture lesson with the lower school students for the last two years.  Last year I used iPods this year I have a set of cameras.  I have had good success with this lesson in all grade levels (PK-5).  The kids enjoy it and seem to remember what to do when filming or taking pictures.  They are also better able to look at video and tell what is good and what needs to be improved.

I start by asking the students what things they need to remember when they use a camera or video camera.  They usually come up with 3-5 things.  Then I tell them that we will be using the camera to take a couple of pictures or a video.  I show them the basic basics of how to use the camera, then I send them off with a partner.  If they are taking pictures I tell them how many I want them to take.  If videoing we decide on 2-3 sentences to say.  Then the students go off and do their videoing.

After they have had enough time to get this finished, we stop and I show a few pictures/videos.  We talk about what was good and how they could make them better.  Then we add to the list that we started at the beginning.  The students favourite one is when I say “No Finger Monsters!” They love that one and they remember it!

Our list usually looks like this:
Be still (unless your videoing then move slowly)
No Finger Monsters
Don’t Wiggle the camera
Speak clearly
Look at the camera
Keep the person’s head in the middle of the screen
Keep the strap around your wrist
Use two hands

After we have analyse the images, then we try again.  Usually the kids are good about saying “Ms. Hart I need to record again, we had a finger monster!” They begin to look critically at what they are doing and think about ways to make their images better.  Which means when they are taking images on their iPads for use in apps they are thinking about the image critically and are actively trying to make good images.