Using Student Created Video Content - A Case Study

Mary Alonzi, Springman Middle School

Erica Roberts, Jefferson Junior High School

School Background

  • Approximately 685 students (6th, 7th & 8th)

  • 2 8th grade teams (200 combined)

  • 15% free and reduced lunch, many without Internet access outside of school

  • 2:1 Macbook

  • Professional Learning Communities focusing on Common Assessments

Project Background

  • 8th grade Social Studies Research Project

  • Previous years’ projects were PowerPoint

  • Approached teachers to change project outcome

  • Teachers used new approach to forming groups

Alignment to Illinois Learning Standards

English Language Arts State Goal 5 - “Use the Language Arts to acquire, assess and communicate information.”

Alignment to NETS Standards

1. Demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

2. Use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

3. Apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

4. Use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

Revised Project Timeline

    • Cross team project

    • Specific topics about Africa

    • Groups selected their 1st, 2nd & 3rd topic choices

    • Social Studies teachers assigned topics & created groups

    • Library Media Specialist reviewed research process

    • Timeline expanded to include 2 class periods of direct iMovie instruction

Tools we used

    • MacBooks (1 per project group)

    • iMovie ’08

    • Flip Video Cameras

    • Snowball Microphones

Students’ grades

    • Movies evaluated by the Social Studies Teachers

    • Students evaluated each others’ work

    • Group members evaluated each others’ participation

Project impact

    • Engaged students

    • Higher quality product

    • Hunger Dinner

Lessons learned

    • Separate iMovie Lessons

    • Citing Sources

    • Movie Planning

    • Grading Rubric

    • Saving student work

The slideshow from this presentation can be found at: