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Keywords: Flip Video, Character Education
Subject(s): Social Skills
Grades K through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Thomas Jefferson Elem School, Morristown, NJ
Planned By: Teddie Salas
Original Author: Teddie Salas, Morristown
Learning Objectives: Students will create character education videos that demonstrate appropriate and inappropriate behaviors based on the Pillars of Character program.

Students will:
*use the Flip cameras to film, edit, and publish videos.
*analyze requirements of being an individual with strong character locally and globally.
*generate scripts to define and present information clearly and logically.

Lesson 1:
Introduce Character Counts in Action project by reviewing the Pillars of Character Education. Students will determine the components of an effective learning video and requirements of project. Students will brainstorm individually or with a partner the focus of their video.

Lesson 2:
Students will begin writing script to define and explain their focus pillar(s). Students will use a storyboard to plan each scene of their video. **After this lesson, they may utilize Flip cameras to shoot video during recess, lunch, or in their community.

Lesson 3:
Students will download and edit footage of their video. Teacher will demonstrate how to add graphics, additional photos, and voiceovers.

This mini-unit will span over a few weeks and require students to work several times per week after each lesson. In the end, students will present their videos to the entire school community. If arrangements can be made, students may present to the town council and create a special website for other students/classrooms to view and utilize.

Flip cameras
Windows Movie Maker

Students will understand that they have the ability to affect change in their world both locally and globally by teaching the Pillars of Character Education.
Students will Improve their communication skills, both oral and written.
Students will learn to use a camcorder and editing software.
Students will learn to complete a video project from inception to presentation
Challenge other students/classrooms to create response videos or blog entries reacting to each video. Also, if we create a website based around character education we could eventually extend it to a global project where students around the world can submit video footage or ideas.
Materials: Flip Video, Microphones