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Keywords: digital photography, art projects, video making, how to create projects, art, movie maker
Subject(s): Art, Technology, Photography
Grades 3 through 4
School: Cedar Creek Elementary School, Cedar Creek, TX
Planned By: Virginia G. Johnson
Original Author: Virginia G. Johnson, Cedar Creek
1. I will introduce the lesson by showing the students examples of my "How to Create..." videos. These video are made for substitutes who come into my classroom to teach but, in spite of my detailed lessonplans, don't know what to do. I will ask for feedback in how these could be adapted for kids. After taking down what they say on the whiteboard, I will tell them that they will create thier own versions for the students in 2nd grade.

2. Students learn the various parts of the digital camera and the care of it.

3. Students then learn about storyboarding, composition, zoom function, focus, lighting, shooting the shot, and editing.

4. Next, students will learn about importing the photos into a file in My Pictures, and then importing into Windows Movie Maker. Then they will learn how to put the video together, using pictures they have taken, transitions, effects, music, titles, and credits. They will also learn about Copyright laws.

5. Assign each group of students (3-5 students depending on the size of your class) an art project that they will create. Give them a storyboard handout and have them create frame by frame what it will look like. Also have them write what kind of special effects or transitions the frames will have. They will also need to write what the steps are for each picture.

6. After they have created the storyboard the teacher will go over it and discuss with the group what they are trying to show in the video. The teacher makes suggestions so students can revise if necessary. After the storyboard has been approved, the students will then be assigned their jobs. One will be creating the art project, one is the camera man, another student will be the director (making sure that they are following the storyboard), and another student will be the editor.

7. Students get the materials they need to create the art project, the camera, tripod, etc. They will set up and begin.

8. The student who is creating the project will do it step-by-step while the camera man is taking the pictures with the camera. After the project is finished they will get a picture of the finished work and then transfer the pictures into a file stored in My Pictures.

9. Using the storyboard, the editor will import the file of thier pictures into Movie Maker and start putting the video together. They must all agree on the effects and the music selections.

10. They must put a Title and Credits on thier video. When they are done, they will review it and make any necessary changes to it.

11. The teacher will review it and make suggestions if any.

12. The group will present thier video to the class and talk about the difficulties they encountered and what they did to overcome them.

13. The teacher can burn all the finished videos to a CD and keep for a substitute teacher or for showing a younger grade how to do a project.

The video project should take at least 12 class periods to do. It would be counted as a major Art grade.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This can be used for any kind of project that kids can break down step-by-step to show how to do something. Math problems, Science projects, Social Studies, Music, Language Arts, and even P.W.
Materials: Point and Shoot, Mobile Labs, Video Editing, xD Memory Cards, Digital Voice Recorders
Other Items: 2 Olympus Stylus 770SW Education Kit, $1220.00 each, total of $2440.00
3 512 MB xD Card, $59.85 each, total of $179.55
5 Olympus Digital Voice Recorder WS-300M, $499.95 each, total of $2499.75