Every year, Rocky View Schools classrooms share their learning stories through RockyTalks, and this year of Learning From Home will be no exception! This year, RVS Teachers can share their YouTube playlists of RockyTalks videos that their students created at HOME, 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 RockyTalks production & practice guides to create & share your students' presentations on your channel and in the RockyTalks Exhibition!
Virtual RockyTalks Production Guide
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 contacting us!
- Develop scripts & content with your student presenters/creators and confirm AF144-A Consent Forms to share student work publicly.
- Gather videos from your student presenters & performers in Google Drive, embracing the charm of DIY home videos for this context while capturing quality audio/video:
- 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. Additional editing for each video, like adding titles, may be completed easily in iMovie.
- Upload videos onto your RVSchools YouTube Channel with titles & descriptions, then organize them into a Playlist with a title.
- The video privacy settings should be set to Public so that everyone in your community can view the video link. In the case of these public videos, you can also choose the setting "not for kids" so that the video can be embedded and shared with a broader audience of parents and friends.
- Share your RockyTalks playlist link with your learning community, and submit the link to us inclusion in the annual RockyTalks Online Exhibition on the RVS YouTube Channel!