Every person must leave their mark within record human history. This will be your humble opportunity to do so. The final project is set up to create an extensive database that will encapsulate all American history and left to assist others on their historical journeys of discovery. Making classroom movies has gotten much easier now that cell phones, tablets, and other devices feature video capabilities that are high quality and simple to use.
Here are the Basics:
This short video should help you figure out how to create your thesis statement.
Still need help picking out a thesis? Maybe Billy Joel will help!
NOTE: Make sure you keep a copy of your approved thesis statement, seems students forget them halfway through the class!
Keep these things in mind:
This is a video project NOT a PowerPoint project. Please record a video for credit! You will spend your whole life inundated with slides your whole life, this project allows us to break free and learn in another setting. I will not accept a final in the .pptx format.
*You may utilize a PowerPoint within the actual video project if you deem it approximately. An example is provided below.
Using video could be as simple as recording a student oral presentation for future review or as elaborate as producing an original short film. Depending on the project's complexity, consider these suggested steps for ensuring that you create thoughtful final products that demonstrate your knowledge and not lacking in substance.
Here is a short video that gives a rundown of how to make a video:
This video also is good to explaining how to make a video from an academic standpoint:
Outline: You should start by outlining what you have to say, what you intend to show, and your main points.
Script: Whether you will perform in your video, use a voiceover, or write captions, you should know what you will say before you begin.
Storyboard: Students often have higher expectations than they can deliver. Using a storyboard before filming makes you plan each step of the process and encourages you to gather resources in advance.
Filming: The key to a good video project is the actual raw footage. We will be using some class time together to work on these projects. However, you will need to meet outside of class for most of this assignment.
Editing: Tools such as Microsoft MovieMaker, Apple iMovie, and Pixorial easily allow students to add soundtracks, voiceovers, special effects, captions, and titles. Consider using something like this with your assignment.
Publishing: Online video sharing sites (YouTube & Vimeo) and class websites provide you with an even broader audience. Before publishing a student video, make sure that copyright infringement has not occurred.
VIDEO PROJECT RUBRIC
Here a few examples of videos of different skill sets. Both are effective.
This first one does a great job of editing to create a professional piece.
This second video is less flashy, but also conveys the material effectively.
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