At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- Save videos as WMV
- Upload video to Youtube
- File:Digital Storybook Project Instructions.doc, Digital Storybook Introduction Video/Computer, projector, Youtube Account for the class.
- Computer, Microsoft Moviemaker, Youtube, completed storyboards
- Divide students into their groups at computers and have them open Microsoft Moviemaker.
- Using the projector and Digital Storybook Introduction Video, show the students to click File - save as movie to save as a WMV. Remind the students to save the movie to the main server and/or a flash drive to prevent the loss of the file.
- Explain that students may now upload the file to Youtube.
- Open Youtube and show students how to access the course account, which you should set up prior to the lesson. It isn't critical, as it may be useful for the students to see how to set up a Youtube account, but the middle school age group should probably be discouraged from posting videos to the internet, as cyberbullying can occur and general safety can be compromised.
This lesson will be relatively short, as at least one member of each group has already been trained on Microsoft Movie Maker. A goal of this project is for students to learn to work through problems independently using original critical thinking and to collaborate with group members in meeting the objectives of the project. This lesson provides a whole-task approach to learning in that students will have to master independent skills as they complete the project, always keeping in mind the main of objective which is to complete a video and upload it to Youtube.com.
Students will be assessed according to their performance in class, the quality of their video and its appearance on Youtube, and the File:Digital Storybook Project Instructions.doc. The Chapters 13 and 14 exam will assess NYS curriculum content, along with the 8th grade social studies assessment that will be completed next spring.