The goals of my Capstone Project have not changed since my last reflection. My biggest challenge has been keeping up the production and posting of new Middle School project videos. With so much going on in each grade level, especially at the end of the year, and with the school wide migration from Blackboard to Schoology underway, I have had little time for editing and posting the footage I’ve been shooting these past few weeks. The projects in the pipeline will have to wait until school gets out and our professional development days have been completed.
The concepts and techniques presented in FPE have made me more conscious of creative possibilities. I am more aware of composition, contrasts and camera angles as I peer over students’ shoulders with my iPhone!
Documenting class projects in 3 to 5 minute videos can become formulaic. I want to apply the principles we explored to make each video a compelling glimpse of something new students are doing. I am happiest when I’ve been able to capture a feeling of “being in the moment” and not a staged scenario. Sometimes that just isn’t possible, but at least there will be a snapshot of what went on during the activity.
FPE has inspired me to tell more digital stories. I’d like to spend more time in Lynda.com with iMovie, Garage Band, WordPress, Screen Flow and PhotoShop. I’ve worked a little in all of these courses either on my school’s or Full Sail’s subscription and they are excellent.
My experts and test group have been generous with feedback and suggestions for my project. Over the summer I will be updating my copyright video or creating an additional piece to supplement the classroom lesson on Creative Commons.
The Middle School administration is excited by what they’ve seen so far and has asked me to share it with the school community. This has been my goal ever since I started at Full Sail: to create a showcase for Middle School creativity. After next month in Games Strategies and Motivation, my project should be even better.