This plan may have a few more details than necessary, but here it is so far:
Students in 11th grade language arts classes will use digital cameras and iMovie to make a presentation and persuade the audience to some kind of action. This could range from a community issue to a national or world issue. For the intents of the IPT286 class, my assignment is to make a presentation to persuade an audience, BYU students, to attend a semester at the BYU-Nauvoo Semester Abroad Program.
Core Standards addressed:
Standard 9: Students use process strategies before, during, and after presenting.
Objective 2 Use strategies to deliver an effective presentation.
Activate audience prior knowledge and provide additional background knowledge if necessary.
Convey the central ideas and supporting details of the presentation clearly.
Use voice, body language, and technology to support meaning.
Vary tone, pitch, pace, and use of technology in presentation to aid communication.
Adjust presentation to accommodate audience response.
Demonstrate ethical and appropriate use of resources to enhance presentation, e.g., the Internet, library resources, others' ideas.
Use conventions of spoken language that are appropriate to the audience and that reflect standard usage.
Not only will students be able to show their understanding of a particular topic, but they will gain experience in putting together a presentation and learn the following concepts (among many others): information sometimes needs additional aids to be persuasive; information presented to the general public needs to be separated from the “package” in which it comes; and sometimes ideas seem great until they are presented.
This project requires a digital camera with motion picture capability. A 6.0 mega pixel camera would be desirable, but anything less could suffice. iMovie, by Apple, is the software program needed. For this project, it will be assumed that all students have access to such a camera, computers, and software, through the media lab.
Ethical Issues to Consider:
Since this project will draw from a number of media resources, there are a few issues that will need to be discussed in class. If a student uses a song not in public domain, the student must only use 10 percent of it, which is 30 seconds for every 3 minutes. The following issues arise: how long can the videos made be kept if they contain copyright music; if a student wants to use a song throughout the video in blurbs which equal the 10 percent, is that legal; and what film footage and photos from the internet are considered public domain? The most part, at least the music segments would need to be deleted after a month if the videos were kept and students may use several blurbs of music as long as it equals no more than 10 percent of the whole song. Internet sources will need to be checked on the internet to make sure they are not copyright. The safest idea is to search the creative commons page for film footage.
Students are to make a 10 minute presentation on iMovie, using photos, video, music, and narration to persuade the audience to some kind of action. This action could be a social issue, a political issue, a school issue, or an issue important to the student. For the intent of the IPT286 class, every student will do an individual presentation. Each student will be equipped with a digital camera with motion picture capability, iMovie software, a computer with internet access, and a short guide to what is ethical for use in the movies (for IPT class, it would be the wiki pages on ethics). The students will have 2 weeks to complete the assignment and to email the file to the instructor.
The presentation will be graded on the following criteria:
Presentation gives appropriate background of why the issue in worth addressing
The background information is presented clearly
The creator’s argument is easy to identity
There are at least 3 supporting details and they pertain to main argument
Presentation has a variety of motion picture, photos, music, and narration
Music, photos, narrative tone and media made main idea more persuasive (this the most subjective part of the grading; this is basically to make sure the tone of the media supports the main idea; i.e. student didn’t use rap during a narrative of Mother Theresa’s life)
Media used does not violate copyright law
Grammar and usage fits Standard English guidelines