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Monday, May 8 • 1:30pm - 2:25pm
Video in the Library: C-SPAN StudentCam Documentary Contest

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Eighth grade students at Baird Middle School participate in StudentCam, C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. In three years of participation they have earned four honorable mentions selected from over 4000 video entries and the C-SPAN mobile studio bus visited the school. Spanning about two months, the Project Based Learning (PBL) style project addresses three quarters of the English and History standards for 8th grade. Elements include researching an authentic question; finding and interviewing experts in the field; recording interviews, narration, and b-roll footage; selecting appropriate CSPAN clips; adding supportive visual elements; and sophisticated video editing. You will view some of the the mini lessons presented to students on writing and responding to professional emails, writing good interview questions, creating a storyboard, and filming techniques, as well as get a brief overview of equipment. The session will be led by the school librarian, the eighth grade English teacher, and the eighth grade history teacher who collaborate to create this unit with a specialized reading teacher and special education teacher.   Note: There is an optional follow up playground session using WeVideo online video editor. This session is best for grades 8-12.

Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1WwNUtaEtu9QmvE_2kpnTy-mbsyV6NJXK2RppjgVyhCM/edit?usp=sharing
Documents Folder: bit.ly/mslacspan


Michelle D'Amore

English Teacher, Paul R Baird Middle School
Michelle D'Amore is in her eighteenth year at Baird Middle school and has served as the English/Reading Department Chair for the past six years. While she was tentative about embarking on such a "high tech" project with students, she was pleased to realize that providing for students... Read More →
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Jordan Funke

School Librarian, Paul R. Baird Middle School
Jordan Funke (2016 MSLA Super Librarian Accolade) is the librarian at Paul R Baird Middle School in Ludlow, MA where they regularly incorporate video into projects and Project Based Learning.

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Monday May 8, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm EDT
Barnstable II 1st Floor