I began by showing the students some videos about communities, as well as the movies from the film festival last year. I then told them that we were going to make a movie about our community. At first they were unsure about it, but when I told them that we would be putting it on YouTube for the President and everyone to view, they went crazy! “We’re going to be movie stars!?” was they key phrase going around the room.
After that, we brainstormed important people from our school community that we would want to include in our video, and then I gave them a questionnaire asking them how kids can help the community and why it is important to help the community. The answers you see in the movie come straight from students.
We then needed to practice filming before actually doing the main shots. A word of advice: Invest in an iPad stand! It will eliminate being seasick while watching your kids videos! I borrowed mine from our tech office, and it worked great!
When all the filming was completed, we edited the movie for completion! The students were so excited that I knew we had to have a big unveiling, so I came up with the idea of inviting the parents in for a movie premiere! It was great! Our superintendents, principal, specialists, and parents all came! Everyone enjoyed seeing the students' hard work, and it was truly a great way to showcase their learning! All in all, yes, it was a lot of planning and work, but the experience and outcomes made it all worthwhile!
And now, I would like to share our movie with all of you! Sit back and enjoy!