My students need two cameras, two tripods and two memory cards. This will enable all 64 of my students equal time in front of the camera lens.
Wow! How can I capture all that amazing energy? 5th graders are such a lively group. They are filled with curiosity and wonder, talent and potential. Each and every day my teaching partner and I stand in front of our two classrooms. Each room has thirty two students (sixty four in all).
My kids are in a magnet school, which draws from our Central Valley of California community.
My students come from a variety of household settings, and are a mixture of races, languages, and backgrounds. My students are taught to be independent, resourceful, imaginative, and creative. My classroom setting encourages problem solving and project oriented outcomes as a means to "show what you know" as learners.
I would describe my school as an amazingly supportive environment where students are safe to explore and develop their talents. My kids are taught and encouraged to be life long learners who have the ability to express themselves and have goals. My students have been taught its okay to fail, to learn from their mistakes, and that "Good... Better... Best" is always an expectation for their work and lives in general.
I envision using the video equipment to film a multitude of projects. From imaginative retellings of Tall Tale heroes, to historic tableau creations that introduce and capture our American heritage. From creating newscasts of school events to Public Service Announcements (PSAs) that have environmental messages for others to see and hear. I see my cameras being used to store and record the projects that students have created. I see the equipment being in constant use to have kids evaluate and critique their performances in order to make improvements in their deliveries. I see my students being able to share their creations with others via the many school media posting sites that are now available. They will learn that their voices will be heard, and that they are valued as contributors to their communities.
The ability to store and preserve activities, projects, productions, dramas, PSAs, and to view and post them is so important.
It allows students to share with their loved ones both far and near. It permits self reflection and self improvement. It will instill confidence in learners. The more kids can speak in front of others the more they are prepared to be contributing citizens later in their own life journeys.
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