Today we began our exploration of video. Again at #tech4teens camp we set the first three weeks up like a buffet line. We want students to nibble on podcasting, video making, and photography before choosing a pathway they concentrate on in the final three weeks. Having them try each dish before filling up on one.

On Friday the SCSU Interns and I met to develop the curriculum. We talked about how much offline work online video making takes. We then developed a curriculum for the three days that went roughly storyboard, curate, and edit.

Day4 revolved around story boarding. Annelise facilitated the lesson. We first went over some key vocabulary and reflected on favorite YouTube and TikTok genres. Then we watched a video how to use post it notes to storyboard.

Students blew us away with their demos. Evie, a nine year old camper from California, demoed her storyboard of the dinosaur extinction in a flip board. Diallo showed off his storyboard for a music video. Demario dropped the mic on the end of the lesson with a rap about the fun of building websites.

Check out Evie’s demo

Key Vocabulary

Some of the key terms we covered. Those who care for our campers, kids learn words best through multiple exposure, multiple times. If  your teenager is like mine and two word responses are considered a success, “It’s good…”….see if the vocab can help extend the conversation.



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Standards Addressed

Again folks, please don’t share with students all the wonderful academic skills we build together. We want them to keep coming to camp. Here are some of the standards we addressed today:

Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.

Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and point of view and introducing a narrator and/or characters; organize an event sequence that unfolds naturally and logically.

Now you never teach an entire standard in one day. These are end of the year expectations for 8th grade. Each standard could take dozens of lessons, many with different goals to in order to show the standard has been met.

You can see how we worked towards these standards in our activity today. The storyboard provides evidence that campers can organize events, their dialogue notes provide evidence of narrative techniques.

When you empower kids to learn through passion they will often blow by what me mean by goals being met…Nobody can stop you when you drive towards your own goals.


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