Tech Tools

Tech Tools for the Synergy Project

As we embarked on our journey of film making, we turned to Youtube to learn from others.

In many cases students chose to capture film using their own devices.  To support this we went over some key points:

Shooting Video with an iPhone

Further, we discussed the importance of holding your phone horizontally.  Here is a funny little video to hit this point home (I think Robin and I found this to be more funny than the students).

Students did experiment and capture footage with the Go-Pros (in fact, the Hero 5 Sessions captured some great footage of chickens in the chicken coop)  Again, for Robin and I, Youtube saved the day!

How to use the GoPro Hero 5 Session:

How to use the GoPro Hero 5 Black:

How to use iMovie:

We watched the videos to learn how to use the tech, then we supported students with our new found knowledge.  We did post the videos to the Google Classroom for a resource for the students, but did not show these in the classroom.

Luckily, our Yearbook class allowed us to borrow their Canon Rebel T5i cameras with a microphone jack.  This allowed us to capture video, especially when there was wind, that had better sound quality than what we would have got using the Go-Pros.  Through this project students had to assess what footage they were hoping to capture and select the technology that best suited their needs.

In terms of adding music to the films, we asked the students to only use music from the audio files included in iMovie to avoid copyright infringement.