Creating documentaries can be a great way of collating research material and presenting it in a fun and interesting way. We have seen a number of tasks across many subjects that have had documentary components. The finished products have been quite varied and we were keen to see more professional products. We have had a number of focusses in addressing this and the student engagement and feedback has been great.
Year Seven Science Documentaries:
Most recently, it was exciting to see great content and outcomes stemming from the most recent Year Seven Science assessment task. The task involved using technology effectively to create documentary videos using footage they collected from the Zoo.
A documentary “masterclass” was held with all classes starting with viewing and reflecting on exemplar Science documentaries. Then there was an exploration of what makes a good presentation before students were led through a whole set of techniques to achieve the results for making super documentaries. Content included how to incorporate multimodal content like great text slides along with rich titles including layered titles.
Techniques for better collection of footage where highlighted with microphones and tripods as well as working with audio tracks.
It has been exciting seeing the outcomes and we look forward to seeing the created content from our students continue to improve. It was also great to see the students extending on their approaches to learning progression especially in the area of communication.
The task has just been completed and we look forward to adding more photos and information soon.
In the meantime: here is the poster with some techniques used in a year 7 iPad Documentaries session. Click on the picture for a large version that can be printed A3 Landscape. Please visit back to see the examples as well as features from other subjects.