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The Story, the Deliverable, and the Making of a Movie:

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NYC: Brooklyn Day 3 Workshop Assignment.

Identity / Brand Video

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Commoncraft: Explanation done easy.

Quick, low tech videos on explanations about anything.
These should give you ideas about low tech ways of developing and producing stories.
Link to site>

How to upload video to the ning website:


NYC Schools Content Area Standards (K-8: Scope and Sequence)


NYC Schools Standards: 4th Grade Goals:

Social Studies

  • Can create symbols for real-life objects
  • Can identify cardinal directions on a map
  • Can identify intermediate directions on a map
  • Can identify the equator and the prime meridian
  • Can identify the four hemispheres of the earth
  • Can identify basic landforms
  • Understand the law of supply and demand
  • Can set a financial goal and make a plan to accomplish the goal
    Can identify the five regions of the United states
  • Know basic information about the climate, landforms, natural resources, industries, and major cities in each of the five regions
  • Can name the states and their capitals
  • Know how to use different types of maps to learn about the United States
  • Know the political leaders of the city in which they live
  • Know the political leaders of the state in which they live

NYC Schools Standards: 5th Grade:



By the end of the school year, all students should be able to:
Multiply and divide two-digit and three-digit numbers.
Read and write numbers up to 1 million (1,000,000).
Find the factors of a number. Factors are numbers that can be multiplied together to form an answer called the product. For example, 3 and 5 are the factors of 15.
Understand that percents are parts of 100. For example, 20 percent represents 20 parts of 100. Write percents as fractions (50 percent would be 12 ) and as decimals (20 percent would be 0.20).
Simplify fractions to their lowest terms—for example, 20 would b e 15 . 1 0 0
Classify quadrilaterals (geometric shapes with four sides) according to the properties of their angles and sides. For example, a quadrilateral with four 90-degree angles and four equal sides is a square.
Use a ruler to measure to the nearest inch, 12 inch, 14 inch, and 18 inch and to the nearest centimeter.
Understand algebraic expressions. For example, 2x is the algebraic expression of “two times a quantity,” and 4a + 3b// is the algebraic expression of “four times one quantity plus three times another quantity.”
List the possible outcomes for a single-event experiment. For example, list all the possible outcomes when a coin is tossed.
Apply basic math skills to real-world situations. For example, recognize that a 20 percent discount means saving 20 cents of every dollar.

Learning at Home

  • Visit the interactive exhibit Mathematica: A World of Numbers, with your child at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, www.nyscience.org.
  • With your child, collect 100 pennies and agree that each penny equals 1 percent of one dollar. Ask your child to add and subtract the coins to get other percentages.
  • Find advertisements of sales from different department stores. Which store offers the biggest discount?
  • Talk about other things that determine whether a sale price is a good value.
  • Check out the Web site for the PBS series Cyberchase, pbskids.org/ cyberchase, which uses mystery, humor, and action to engage children in math.
  • The site also has tips to help families support their children’s math and science learning.



Science in fifth grade explores the nature of scientific inquiry, earth science, food and nutrition, and ecosystems.
By the end of the school year, all students should be able to:
Formulate questions that can be answered by scientific inquiry, such as observation and collection of data. Design and conduct scientific investigations to answer the questions.
Use mathematics in scientific inquiry.
Understand that rocks are composed of minerals.
Investigate, record, and explain how rocks and soil form.
Identify events, such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, that cause earth movements.
Design and construct models of land forms.
Recognize habits that contribute to good health, including avoiding harmful substances such as alcohol and tobacco, eating a nutritious diet, and exercising regularly.
Understand that food supplies the energy and materials that living things need to grow and repair themselves.
Observe and identify the living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
Identify examples of human activity that have had beneficial or harmful effects on other organisms.

Learning at Home

  • With your child, decide on a change that would help your family be healthier, for example, getting more exercise.
  • Ask your child to find reliable sources of information in books or on the Web, and discuss what your family can do to make the change.
  • Encourage your child to take part in Earth Science Week, sponsored annually by the American Geological Institute.
  • Local and national activities, information, and resources are available at www. earthsciweek.org.
  • As a family, visit the New York State Environment Hall at the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side to see how the natural landscape of our City and State developed over time. To find online information on rocks of New York and other places, visit www.amnh.org/ology/earth and click on “If Rocks Could Talk.”


Social Studies

In fifth grade social studies, students explore the nations of the Western Hemisphere, including the United States, Canada, and the nations of Latin America.
By the end of the school year, all students should be able to:
Recognize and interpret primary sources of information, such as original letters, diaries, and other documents.
Interpret information from maps, graphs, charts, and other visuals about the Western Hemisphere.
Explain how different ethnic groups of the United States, Canada, and Latin America contributed to the cultural diversity of the Western Hemisphere.
Compare and contrast important events in the history of the Western Hemisphere—for example, the rise and fall of the Aztec civilization in Mexico and the arrival of explorers from Spain.
Use primary sources, such as letters or other original documents, to research a historic person or event. Create and give a presentation based on the research.
Understand that political boundaries change over time.
Locate the major geographic features of the Western Hemisphere, such as continents, rivers, and mountain ranges, using maps, globes, and atlases.
Know and understand how people in Western Hemisphere nations met their basic needs and wants, for example, for shelter, food, and clothing.
Express an awareness of the patriotic celebrations of the United States, Canada, and the nations of Latin America.

Learning at Home

  • “On-Lion” for Kids, kids.nypl.org/ holidays/index.cfm/cfm, is the New York Public Library’s portal to holidays and celebrations in the City, the Western Hemisphere, and worldwide. The site offers links to traditions for personal celebrations such as birthdays, as well as official commemorations, such as months for African-American history, Asian-Pacific American history, and Hispanic heritage.
  • Help your child choose an important current event each week from a newspaper or TV broadcast. Talk about what people might say about the event a year from now, 10 years from now, or 100 years from now.
  • With your child, explore the history and culture of Native Americans in the Western Hemisphere at the George Gustav Heye Center, part of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. For information, go to www.nmai.si.edu and click on “Visitor Information,” then “NMAI in New York.”



Language Arts

By the end of the school year, all students should be able to:
Skim written text, such as newspaper articles or pages from a book, to get an overview of what is said or to find a specific item.
Know the difference between information that is relevant (for example, information that supports an idea in the text) and information that is not relevant.
Use what they already know about a subject to help them understand or develop opinions about information they read.
Know and use the rules of punctuation, capitalization, and spelling.
Know and use the different skills that good writers use, such as word choice, organization of ideas, and metaphors and other descriptive devices.
Read aloud from different kinds of texts, such as books, plays, and poems, using tone of voice, pacing, and emphasis to express the ideas and moods of the texts.
Make inferences and draw conclusions based on information from the text.
Use language, grammar, and appropriate vocabulary to communicate ideas when speaking to different audiences.
Use a variety of different organizational patterns (chronological order, cause/effect) when writing.
Read to collect and interpret data, facts, and ideas from multiple sources; compare and contrast such information on a single topic.

Learning at Home

  • The following strategies can be done in the families’ native languages as well as in English.
  • Take your child to a play and watch words come alive. New York has more than two dozen theater companies that offer live performances by and for children of all ages. Find out what’s happening
  • at www.nytheatre.com. From the home page, click on “For Kids & Families.”
  • Invite your child to read his or her original writing aloud, sharing poems and short stories with you and other members of the family.
  • Talk about what you are reading with your child and discuss ideas in books.
  • Encourage your child to explore new books in different genres, such as poetry or plays. The New York Public Library’s Recommended Reading Web portal at kids.nypl.org/reading/ recommended.cfm is a great place to start.

Assignment 1: B-Side/ Passion/ or Hobby Movie

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Assignment 2: Visualizing Standards


Product: What is the Story about?
TIP: Keep it short, quick victories build will.

Process: How will you make it? What do you need?
(NOTE: If we focus on what we love-- its easier to talk about it, share it)

Making meaning of standards through mindmaps


Here are some mindmaps we shared in class. Click below to download the pdf or the Inspiration File.

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1. Identify your idea (Passion/ B-side). In the future, use a mind map. PRODUCT
2. Write some ideas down: PRODUCT: What do you want to share? PROCESS: How would like to share it?
In the future, use a mind map
3. Write a script with some of your key points/ ideas. PRODUCT

4. From the script-- identify the images, sounds, video, text needed for the project/ movie. PROCESS
5. Record the script in a quiet place.

TIP: Record 2-3 takes. Also, use Garageband or a recorder. Get Music from freeplaymusic.com orincompetech.com. PROCESS


external image 2674271932_0556cf2246_m.jpg6. COLLECT, MAKE (shoot) your images/ SHOOT your video. PROCESS
TIP: Collect "safe" and legal images from compfight.com.
TIP: Follow the Rule of Thirds when shooting video or making a picture.

TIP: Divide roles to speed up the process.

7. IMPORT your images to iPhoto. PROCESS

8. IMPORT your Sounds/ Music/ Narration to iTunes. PROCESS

9. In iMovie (or Moviemaker, Final Cut Studio, Premiere, Layout the images, the audio, the music.
Make adjustments with timing, audio levels. PROCESS

TIP: Experiment, try, vary your options.
TIP Advance: Normalize your audio. This means you need to make sure your audio level(s) are level at 0 dB.
See this link for more. PROCESS

10. Refine! Add text: Credits, Titles. PROCESS

11. Prepare your movie in iMovie like this and then p load movies to this place-- The MobileMe Gallery. LIKE THIS . PROCESS
12. UPLOAD: **Go here and upload from here** . You will need to know where you saved your movie.



(Click the image to go to Gallery of Movies )

Planning Tips: Mind map your project:

Mind42: a cool online mind map tool.

ABOUT: It allows you to manage all your ideas, whether alone, twosome or working together with the whole world.
As mind42 runs inside the browser, installing mind mapping tools is no longer needed - for a hassle-free mindmapping experience.
Just open the browser and launch the application when needed - it behaves like a classical desktop application!


Click the map below to see Marco's B-side movie mind map example.

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(click on image to access mindmap)

Other Mindmaps:

Webspiration™ is the new online visual thinking tool that helps you
capture ideas, organize information, diagram processes and create clear, concise written documents whether working individually or collaboratively. My favorite-ish app.
Free (for now)
Mindjet’s technology for dynamic, visual thinking captures, arranges and relates free-form information in a multi-dimensional space. It goes far beyond an everyday outline or the confines of a sheet of paper. In tech-speak, it’s software that brings thoughts and ideas to life on an intuitive, interactive dashboard.
Expensive and for a business market any why.
Mindomo is a versatile Web-based mind mapping tool, delivering the capabilities of desktop mind mapping software in a Web browser - with no complex software to install or maintain.
Free for Basic
MindMeister brings the concept of mind mapping to the web, using its facilities for real-time collaboration to allow truly global brainstorming sessions. Users can create, manage and share mind maps online and access them anytime, from anywhere. In brainstorming mode, fellow MindMeisters from around the world (or just in different rooms) can simultaneously work on the same mind map and see each other's changes as they happen.
Dumb price structure. Monthly $15 for academic option.
Bubbl.us is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online.
Free/ Donate
Text 2 Mind Map is a web application that converts texts to mind maps. It takes a structured list of words or sentences, interprets it, and draws a mind map out of them

Ill evaluate all of these later this weekend for you. Which ones are free, school friendly, easy to use, and sharable. Let us know your thoughts.

The Movie Making Journey: The Structure

(Click on the links below for details, resources, and tips) COMING SOON
Pre Plan
Audio syncing
Exporting/ Sharing video
Assessing the Product
Idea Generation (Product / Process)
Shooting video
Assessing the Process
Narrative, Documentary , Abstract
Narrative, Documentary , Abstract
Define file destination
Save the notes (all) & upload
Mind mapping
Recording audio
Uploading to a site

Scripting/Screen Play
Creating / collecting movie assets
YouTube and the others

Roles/ Responsibilities/ DRI
Film festivals

Story boarding
Import video(movie asset)

Import audio/ music (movie asset)

Equipment needs list
Import Images (movie asset)

Movie asset lists (Images, sounds, art)
Rough cut

Add transitions, titles, credits

Final cut

Get permissions (legal stuff)

Interviewing techniques (for docs)

Different Stories may need a different Styles and structures:

When to use Narrative, Documentary, and Abstract Styles

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Travel Tips on evolving from being Interesting, to being Remarkable, to being Enabling, to being Engaging, to being Empowering!

My friend Stephan Heppel says that 21st Century learning IS NOT 20th Century learning with computers. Students ARE NOT JUST RECIPIENTS of stuff-- they NEED TO BE producers of knowledge, too.

Question: Are you engaging them? As an individual, as a member of a group? Are you proving them with the tools to empower themselves to create their own learning or are you giving them the steps? DO YOU KNOW ALL OF THE ANSWERS? Do you engage with projects? Do all of the students feel like a part of a team? Do they have a role?

BIG QUESTION... Do they have multiple points of entry? Can they find this out on their own or do they have to come to you for the info? Are your lesson plans created JUST FOR YOUR EYES and brain OR do the students know where to go? What to do?

The following standards (or guidelines) give us a clear idea as to how to demonstrate a learning space that is creative, fun, cool, enabling, remarkable, engaging, interesting, time managed well, and EMPOWERING!!!!!!

Schools need us, lead learners, more than ever to MODEL these skill sets. Use the resources, use the tips, use your networks, use your students to help make SCHOOL NOT SUCK and help our students become NETWORKED INTERDISCIPLINARY PROBLEM SOLVERS!

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NYC PT Standards

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Sample standard to multimedia work flow

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Sample standard to multimedia work flow

external image 3662608341_132ec66f12_s.jpg• YOUR Standards

Sample standard to multimedia work flow

Planning Tips: Storyboarding

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A storyboard is a visual map of your movie. It helps you and your crew see what the movie is going to look like, how it will be shot, what actions are going to take place, and what audio is needed. Your storyboard helps you visualize your movie before you start shooting and will serve as your guide during the production process.

View Storyboard Movie

Production Tips

Audio Tip: Audio Syncing

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If you don't have a good way to get great audio from your camera (no mic and headphone option)-- there is still a cool way to bring in audio into Final Cut Pro. Here's a movie on how to record the audio from a recording device and then importing it into Final Cut Pro.


You line up the clap spikes (see image to the left) and then delete the camera audio. To do this. lock the video clip linked to the poor camera audio and then delete it. NOTE: If you don't lock the video clip-- you will delete it. The default setting links the source audio to its video clip. You will see a "V" layer and 2 "A" layers (Left and Right). Here is a movie that shows this process in better detail.

I Love this mic. Mikey by BlueMic

Legal IMAGE and SOUND Questions

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Royalty Free Music

Your so close to finishing your documentary, short film or slideshow and all you need is some great music. Here's a simple remedy that offers royalty free music. You can search their catalog using keywords and be kept up to date whenever new music is added.




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A good, big, and legal way to access and download photography is Compfight.

This search engine looks for Images with a creative commons license-- a sharing license. This makes the process of looking for NON COPYRIGHT images a cinch. Its a clean interface and another VERY COOL feature is that as you scrub over the images-- you can see what is the size of the original image so you know which one to download. As some of you may know-- too small of an image and it wil look pixelated in your project.


Other Digital Storytelling Resources:


Moviemaking Curriculum:

Here is a link to a book that Marco Torres
recently wrote for Apple on moviemaking in the classroom.


Here is a link to our ongoing library of great resource that has tons of
tips and tricks for not only video production but for photography and
audio as well.


SFETT is a website where you can find these students' work from the
past 8 years. It's a great resource that has examples of documentaries
that range from a variety of topics.