Create Stories with Purpose & Share with Real Audience!
Whether it's for the PAGE, the STAGE or the SCREEN, creating written, spoken and visual stories with purpose and audience employs the same storytelling process that professionals have used for aeons: Imagination, Creation and Exhibition! Build your creative confidence by practicing the habits of storytellers yourself and with your students, to make print, visual and multimedia creations that you are proud of! For a little inspiration, start by listening to first-grader, Brookelyn, as she shares about what it means to have a "Maker Mindset".
The Storyteller's Process in Three Acts
Begin your projects with imagination, empathy, curiosity & purpose.
Drafting, feedback, critique & revision make it good for your audience.
Share your best work with the world & reflect on the experience.
The #PBL Design Kit
The HTH Graduate School of Education has created a comprehensive resource package for Project-Based Learning that guides teachers through all nine phases of their PBL Design Process: Project Launch, Essential Questions, Ideation, Critique, Core Academic Skills, Drafting & Revision, Exhibition, Assessment and Reflection. Click on the image to access their media-rich Design Kit.
Create & Curate Your Channel
Your laptop in a quiet room at home is a digital studio for connecting with your learning community. You've got everything you need to create engaging written, spoken and visual stories for your audience, including messages, lessons, presentations and documentaries. Record yourself with iMovie and add stills, clips, narration, music and titles to assemble a visual story. Share your videos on your own RVSchools Youtube Channel. Organize stories into playlists and embed into your Google Classroom, Google Sites, Schoolblogs and social media. Scroll down this page to connect with the rich network of RVS Learning Resources and examples of learning stories for #rvsed!
There are so many ways for us to connect with our parents, students and teachers by creating and sharing our celebrations of learning virtually! In order for us to design engaging programmes for our communities in #rvsed, we recommend a workflow that invites home-made videos from the community, such as speeches, presentations, addresses, testimonials & performances, then assembling the content into a video programme, and sharing the virtual celebration on school YouTube Channels and social media.
Produce & Share Your RockyTalks!
Every year, Rocky View Schools classrooms share their learning stories through RockyTalks, exhibited on the Rocky View Schools YouTube Channel which hosts presentations from all over the #rvsed community, from teachers and students in every grade, from every corner of the district, sharing them publicly in the RockyTalks Online Gallery! RVS Teachers can share their YouTube playlists of RockyTalks videos that their students have created in any subject or format including speeches, essays, position papers, opinions & editorials, learning stories, numeracy/literacy/design, Arts & CTS, creative writing, poetry & spoken word, and more! Follow the Production & Practice Guides to share your students' creativity!
The Production Process
Draft, Critique & Revise
Begin with the end in mind, and ensure that the AF144-A Consent Form is on file for each student. Then engage in the Creative Process with cycles of drafting, feedback, critique and formative assessment to accompany your students’ inquiry & study in any subject or grade level. Presentation scripts created in Google Docs can be submitted as Google Classroom assignments for review. It’s always helpful to share with your students one or more teacher and student exemplars of the project in which they are engaged.
Rehearse & Record
When the scripts are finalized through the writing process, student presenters will benefit from rehearsal with their teacher that includes feedback and an opportunity to revise and improve. The easiest way to listen and respond to a student rehearsal is in person or via a video conferencing environment like Google Meet. Of course, students can record their presentations and submit a Google Drive video link directly into your Google Classroom Assignment for feedback, but you can also do the recordings yourself on your laptop, if you have their consent forms completed.
Upload, Organize & Share
When you have all the videos, upload them to your RVSchools YouTube Channel in your teacher Google Drive account. Organize the videos into a playlist with a title and description. The link to your playlist can be embedded into your Google Site or Schoolblogs as well as shared on your #rvsed social media. Please share the playlist link with Rocky View Studio, as well, for inclusion in the RockyTalks online exhibition by emailing us!
Sharing Student Work Publicly
- Develop scripts & content with your student presenters/creators and confirm AF144-A Consent Forms to share student work publicly.
- Gather writing, presentations, projects or videos from your students & performers in Google Drive.
- If students are creating their own video content, embrace the charm of DIY home videos while encouraging quality audio/video capture with a few simple suggestions:
- Quiet indoor/outdoor space with clean background
- Steady the camera, laptop or mobile device at eye level
- Face into light and speak/perform into the lens
- Encourage original content, music and images to avoid copyright claims on your videos.
- Note that using copyrighted content, especially popular music tracks, can provoke copyright claims, advertising and even cause entire audio tracks to be muted or videos to be blocked from public exhibition on platforms like youtube.
- The YouTube Audio Library is one of many online sources for royalty-free, creative-commons audio tracks, and it can be accessed from your YouTube Studio page.
- Collect and review student videos in RVSchools Google Drive and/or Classroom for inclusion in your YouTube playlist or a publication. Additional editing/assessment for each video or project, like adding titles, may be completed easily in iMovie, Docs or Pages.
- Upload videos onto your RVSchools YouTube Channel with titles & descriptions, then organize them into a Playlist with a title.
- Share your YouTube playlist link with your learning community through your #rvsed social media.
For support or questions about Creativity, Storytelling, Production, Exhibition, Publishing, RVSchools YouTube Channels or sharing student work publicly, please contact us!