The Elm City Webmakers wanted to provide an update about our morning session at CfAL’s tech-4-teens camp.

Last week we focused on movie making and we may seem some movie premiers today!!!

We heard from many of you that campers could not put down the video editing apps. WeVideo also works on Apple and Android devices so encourage your kids to create content all summer long.

Good Trouble

We will then begin to explore podcasting. More importantly we will ask students “How do they want to change the world?”

We will then have a 30 second moment of silence in the memory of John Lewis. Next we will talk about how often good trouble is the only way to change the world and how as digital artists we can make good trouble.

John Lewis, as we all know was one, if not the greatest, American Hero, but he was also a leader in digital literacies. He published a graphic novel series called March and even went to ComicCon cosplaying (dressing in costume as a fan) as himself.

In 2016 his graphic novel series won a National Book Award. As a teacher the acceptance speech greatly moved me. Moves me every time I watch it.

We ask that you take time to watch the video with your camper as you continue to discuss the legacy of John Lewis and talk about ways we can all cause some good trouble.

As we begin our exploration of podcasting we will align to the 8th grade speaking and listening standards of the CCSS.

Specifically:

Tuesday:
Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and format as we identify the common parts and text structure

Wednesday:
Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers as campers interview mentors for a podcast

Thursday:
Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest

Key Vocab this week

intro
outro
bumper
integrate
clarify
relevancy
emphasize
salient

Good morning, campers! Today we are going to begin our week of Podcasting! Throughout the week, we are going to learn all about Podcasting, with even having some practice!

For today, this is our plan:

We are going to start the morning by sharing the videos you friends made last week! We all know how excited and focused you were on your video projects, so we want to take some time for you all to share!

We are going to start our lesson this morning with an Ice-Breaker! “How would you change the world? What good trouble will you start?”

Take some time to share your answers, whether with a written response or an image.

What’s the Shape of a Podcast

Once we have spent some time sharing our answers, we are going to listen to a few podcasts. The podcasts are not going to be long, but you are going to listen to them to be familiar with their different parts.

After a few minutes of listening to the podcasts, we are going to discuss the different parts that you hear. What is included in a podcast? What does the creator make sure to have? What do they all have in common?

Make a Podcast

You all are going to create your own podcast! Using the WeVideo website and your already made account, you are going to create your own podcast!

  • Once we have discussed the different parts of a podcast, we are going to go into our Breakout Rooms!
  • In our breakout rooms, you are going to take some time to plan out your podcast. In the planning process, you are going to take the idea/answer that you shared in the Google Doc and elaborate on it. Take some time to answer your question and give some reasoning.
  • Your podcast can be fiction or nonfiction. It is your podcast! You can write it from any point of view.
  • For example, you can write it from the point of view as a SuperHero.
  • Use the time in your breakout room to bounce ideas off one another and to get some advice from your mentors.

 

Our Warm-Up Activity-

(Nuestra actividad de calentamiento)-
Examples of Transitions That Can Be Replicated In WeVideo-
(Ejemplos de transiciones que puede replicar en WeVideo)-

Example of Cross Mosaic from a Video Game:

(Un ejemplo de “Cross Mosiac” de un videojuego):

Example of Bubble Pattern from Spongebob:

(Un ejemplo de “Bubble Pattern” de Spongebob:)

Example of Screen Wipes from Star Wars films:

Un ejemplo de “Screen Wipes” de Star Wars ppeliculas.

Examples of Other Transitions-
(Ejemplos de otras transiciones)-

Example of Answer Cut:

(Un ejemplo de “Answer Cut”:)

Example of Using Similar Items To Connect 2 Scenes:

(Ejemplo de dos cosas que unen dos escenas de películas:)

Example of No Transitions:

(Un ejemplo con no transiciones:)

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.

transitions

storyboard

out of frame

asset

media

audio

visual

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:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3.b
Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, pacing, description, and reflection, to develop experiences, events, and/or characters.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3.a
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.

 

Hello Campers and Guardians,

I wanted to take a second and introduce myself and go over your camper’s role in creating a positive community from their website.

About Me

My name Dr. J. Gregory McVerry. I am an Associate Professor in the Curriculum and Learning Department in College of Education at Southern Connecticut State University. I am also the College’s Associate Fellow for Online Learning.

I earned my PhD in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Cognition Instruction and Learning Technologies while a Neag Fellow at the New Literacies Research Lab at the University of Connecticut.

I helped to found the Elm City Webmakers, which organizes the camp with CfAL. The Elm City Webmakers began when we had 7th grade Gear Up Students from New Haven on SCSU camps many years ago.

Our mission aligned to the IndieWeb movement, is to empower learners to own their data, control that data, and make better connections while sharing their passions from personal websites.

We do not want facebook, owners of Instagram and whatsapp, shaping adolescent identity with their code. Deciding what is cool and what is not. We want students to share and amplify their own voices. To own their story.

Your child’s website

Over the weekend, and then today your child was given a website. These are live on the web and we use a WordPress install. WordPress is a popular tool for publishing to the web.

All data, like words and pictures, lives on a shared server controlled by CfAL. This means CfAL has control of your child’s work. If you do not want their work living on our servers we can help you learn how to host a domain for your child but this does come with additional work and expense.

As a parent you have the right to request any post be deleted. Simply email myself or Jennifer Ricker and we will take care of it.

Changing Password

Your child should change their password when they were given the account. The passwords were sent by email. This can cause a security risk. It is a personal conversation between you and your child if you get their password. We can delete a post and we can delete an entire website but we will never give out a users password without that users consent.

Mandatory Reporters

Finally myself, Jennifer Ricker, and most of the camp counselors are mandatory reporters. This means we must report any interaction that relates to self-harm, harming others, or drug and alcohol abuse. This can include fiction or art pieces like comics, poems, songs etc. This includes posts your child publishes privately or just to the group. Please know all counselors have had the highest standards of training in child safety.

Security warning

You may see a security warning on your child’s website. That is okay. This is caused by us not having an s after http in the website address. This address, also called a url, tells the computer where to find the website files.

To get the s you need a security certificate. We have one and just need to add everyone’s website to it. We have Yale Computer Science Interns solving the issue.

IndieWeb Meet Up Tonight

Every Wednesday people from all over the world gather for IndieWeb Meet ups. This week Elm City Webmakers will host one at 7:00pm tonight. All campers, guardians, parents, siblings, and pets are welcome for a meet and greet to learn more about the project or how the websites work.

These events are not associated with the camp, attendance is totally optional, and with three at home myself with a pertner who works nights, hectic and messy is okay. You can drop in and out or stay the entire time. We will be demoing how to build the sites.

Want to Join Us?

Finally, and please, if any parents or guardians want a website so you can join in on the fun I will set you up. You have no idea how good it feels when adults send comments to students work. please feel free to email me if you would like a website on our network.

The Elm City Webmakers have been running programs teaching adults in New Haven for the last two years.

We will keep the camp a kid space, they need that, but everyone welcome to join us on the web. Name.com donated all the server space so feel free to hack at your identity and then let the kids know how proud we all are of their work.

Nothing is more powerful than inter-generational learning.

Dr. Mac

Welcome campers!

Getting Started with Video

We Video Log in Information

Miss Jen’s Awesome Tutorial

Engage

Here are some examples of the three types of videos you could choose to make!

Explore the terms! 

Yesterday we discussed several terms used with videos. Here are examples of videos that match the terms for you to refer to if needed.

WeVideo and Misc Tutorials (if needed)

Plan (Started Tues. July 14) 

Make sure to plan out your video.

    1. Determine the type of video you want to make
      1. 120 second explanation
      2. In plain English
      3. Challenge Video
      4. Other
    2. What will this video be about? What is your topic? (Some examples I heard were; how to draw, a skateboarding technique, story of a specific athlete, imagination of future self…. any topic that interests you!!!!)
    3. Storyboard your idea (your notes or sketches to plan your video).

 

  • List the types of resources you will need to create this video.

 

    1. Will you make your own video? Add your own pictures? Are you using a phone or tablet to make recordings?
    2. Do you need to find video clips online?
    3. Do you need music for the background
    4. Do you have Ideas for captions or text to layer into the video?
    5. Do you want to create voice recordings of yourself (or someone)

Check out  Miss Jen’s tutorial on how I planned for my WeVideo project if needed.

Curate

  1. Make a folder to store the pieces of your video on your computer. You want to stay organized
  2. Gather all of the pieces you need to create your video (images, music files, videos you made or found)
  3. Upload your materials to the media section of WeVideo. There are some great tutorials right on WeVideo to help you with this.

Helpful Resources

Share

As you create your videos publish links on your website.

Reflect

Feel free to think about what we have worked on this week and write a blog post about what went well and what we can do to help you more with this project.

Hard to believe our first week of camp came to a close. Today we worked on making hTML movie posters ands talking about how we need to think about images, fonts and colors together. The posters campers made came out amazing. Even better, each student, who shared their work had an entire backstory of to go along with the plot and each character. Such a powerful digital storytelling tool.

Key Vocabulary From The Lesson

  • Foreground
  • Background
  • Framing
  • Out of Frame
  • Mood
  • Tone

Academic Standards Addressed

Please don’t tell campers. It’s camp and buthing but fun. However kids do get the chance to interact with curriculum aligned to Coomon Core Standards. Today we hit:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.2.e
Establish and maintain a formal style.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3.a
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.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.6
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

Student Examples

https://distinct-clear-lightning.glitch.me/

https://kaput-ahead-bag.glitch.me/

https://helix-scandalous-lord.glitch.me/

https://cake-prism-panther.glitch.me/

https://my-neighbor.glitch.me/

https://alive-third-ravioli.glitch.com/

https://mulberry-dog-sauroposeidon.glitch.me/