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“Video Illustrations” on the Third Grade Blog

March 7, 2007

PBJ Time Video StillIn case you’ve missed them, three videos have been posted to the third grade blog.

They are “video illustrations”* to student writing projects. Video illustrations help our audience connect to the writing, just like a photo or drawing would in a book.

Below are links to the Videos embedded on blog posts:

3-206 How-To Cookbook

3-307’s Persuasive Letter to the DOE

3-307’s Math Workshop (video illustration through guided practice with Mr. Rhys)

Ms. Abodeely and Ms. Lutz’s students created these videos by adapting a piece of their writing to make a video script, then deciding what to show on the screen and what sounds should go with the video images they planned to shoot by drawing storyboards. Students decided whether “close-ups”, “mid shots”, or “wide shots” worked best to communicate the message in their writing. Then they set up the camera shots based on their storyboards, recorded, and edited using iMovie software on a Mac laptop with Mr. Rhys. They selected music from iTunes that fit the tone they wanted to convey, and recorded narration, and added titles to pack in as much information as they could into these short pieces.

Video Illustrations can be completed in 3-4 class periods. Talk to Mr. Rhys if you have an idea for a video illustration of your own.  We’ll be making more very soon, stay tuned!

Mr. Rhys, TMS
* inventor of the “Video Illustration” 😉

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