Today students in my class became news broadcasting teams. They worked in groups of 4 – 2 girls, 2 boys – and took the roles of news reporters (2), camera operator (1) and producer (1).
Each group had the same script to work from (our school daily notices). They organised themselves into roles with their groups. While the reporters practised their scripts I ran a mini workshop for the camera operators and producers.
We used the class Canon Powershot A470 mounted on a tripod. First I showed them how to attach the camera to the mounting bracket and then they all had to show me how to do it. Then I showed them how to attach the bracket to the tripod and then they all did that for me.
We talked about setting the camera up – I set the scene but talked them through it. We looked at framing and distance etc.
After morning tea I worked with each group to record the news. The reporters practised while I ran through the setup with the camera operator and producer then we silenced the class and they did their recording. I worked through each of the 5 groups which took nearly 90 minutes all up.
After lunch the camera operator and producers worked on their videos to add titles and end credits to the video using Windows Movie Maker.
Finally in the last 1/2 hour of school today we watched the videos and did some feedback.
Once I’ve got permission from parents I hope to be able to share some videos with others.
It was an exciting day!