What I learned is....
- You can't show them too many examples before your start. This way the product they create has a better chance of quality than if they don't know what you expect.
- It is going to take several tries.
- Encourage them, require them to make a script or storyboard...but the best lesson is letting them try it without that and they will immediately see how they fumble around. Then they ASK to go and write the script.
- Do in-class consultations...ask the other students to offer suggestions for ways it could be improved next time. Calling it a consultation makes the critiquers feel important and makes the creator feel less threatened with their suggestions.
- Movies will get better and better...the more we do, the better they get. This first attempt is pretty lame, but it's a great start.
The techie stuff I found out...
- The file type that the SmartBoard recorder uses is not friendly for blog posting. I had to use Zamzar to convert the file to an mp4. Maybe I don't know what I'm doing (that happens quite a bit) so it's something I will work on finding out for sure.