Members of the Winooski Elementary School Tech Wizards group explored videography this spring. Specifically targeted life skills include communication and critical thinking. Mentees often worked in pairs, interacting with the mentors as they check in with them, and reported out to the whole group as they reflected on what they have been doing. Mentors observed all mentees successfully communicating and making use of critical thinking skills as they worked with the different settings on flip cameras, iPads, and worked on editing videos. Most mastered or nearly mastered the names of camera parts, the differences and challenges associated with silent movies and those with dialogue, and they made a short film. Most of the mentees mastered vocabulary associated with making films like story board, script, and panoramic shot.
Field Trip to a Television Station
As a culminating event the mentees went to the WCAX news station and toured behind the scenes areas where editing takes place, where the meteorologists determine the forecast and assemble weather related graphics as well as the production room where all the clips are merged and coordinated with the live broadcast. After the tour the group sat and watched the live news and weather forecast and needed to be completely silent. A highlight was being able to stand before the green screen and pretend to forecast the weather. Another highlight was the opportunity to see in person people that the kids had seen on TV.
Up close and personal with the green screen, A TV viewer’s view of Tech Wizards pretending to give the weather forecast, Learning how the weather forecast is determined and prepared for viewers.