In my last post, I wrote about how the students thought their videos were looking good and they were almost done. I thought it would be a good idea to have the students comment on each others videos and get everyones feedback. They had all been doing this informally, but would always walk away from a video with a positive comment. I wanted more critical analysis.
I had their videos on Vimeo, but they were private. I changed the settings for our computer class and gave them the Vimeo link on our blog site. Each student was required to make a comment on our blog site on everyone's video that was available. We had gone over the rules of posting on the blog in a previous class and everyone had to agree in writing by commenting that they understood the rules. Also, I like our school blog because no post will go up until I have approved it. This allowed me to sit in class and work with students individually who needed assistance with proper grammar and editing. There were many students who have been intimidated when it comes to blog posts, but letting someone know you liked their video was a great way for them to get involved.
This turned out to be a good idea and the next time we worked on the projects it gave each group a place to start. Members of each group who did not think their project was ready spoke a little louder and with more authority. They had the rest of the class to back up what they were thinking. It became less about egos in each group and more about how to get the message across.
You can see their comments on our blog page: Kellman 7th Grade blog
Here is a clip of some of the students working in class. Many of the students were out filming with the artist outside or in the hallway shooting scenes.
Columbia-students working from M. Callahan on Vimeo.
Here are clips from some videos before editing. They are trying to capture one scene from many angles. Don't worry no one was hurt. It is a lot of good acting and over-acting.
Daniel Clips from M. Callahan on Vimeo.
Damion-Darius clips from M. Callahan on Vimeo.