Diminishing Consumer Waste Video - a project based learning experience

1. Watch: Consumerism and Waste: A Message to Barack Obama from Garrett Padera (It is a winning Student Cam video!)

How can we change our behaviors at school, home, play or work to reduce waste?

2. Identify a local issue regarding waste.

3. Someone should do something:

Develop a plan to reduce the waste. Set a S.M.A.R.T. goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely)

Make a digital video or multimedia project that focuses attention on the problem and offers your action solution.

Present your video to your parents, your peers, your classmates, your school board or a local governmental body that makes decisions about waste.

Learn by example: Watch "Bottled Water vs. Tap Water" 8th grade Honorable Mention. Does the video motivate you to change your behavior? What impact would there have been if one girl had taken sips from a glass while the other drank from a plastic bottle during the video? Are there "too many" facts? What if they had ended the video by drinking from reusable ecobottles? How does the humor enhance the video?

Advice on making digital videos:

Important Advice.

Decide on a theme.

Plan ahead. Use a Videomap(doc) | pdf version to chart your course.

Write a script.

Take/find the photos. Shoot the videos.

Adjust the script for unplanned, opportune additions.

Here are the guidelines for the project

1. Use Microsoft Photo Story (free) or Apple's iMovie to create the show.

camera Read the tutorial: Tech learning's PhotoStory Tutorial or Photo Story tutorials by David Jakes.

camera Watch the iMovie tutorial | iMovie 08 tutorial | Create an iMovie Project | Support

camera iMovie tips and tutorials camera Using photos in iMovie tutorial

camera Begin with an idea and a storyboard | iMovie storyboard form | Storyboard 2

camera Movie rubrics - Rubric 1| Rubric 2 | Rubric 3 | Video Project Rubric | MYO Rubric


2. Your project should begin with a title and an introduction.

It must contain at least 5 photos or varied video shots. The project should be no longer than 10 minutes.

Images Resources - Wikimedia Commons | Pic4Learning | Public Domain images links

3. If you use someone else's photos or images, an attribution slide must be included at the end of your project. Other people's photos must be licensed under Creative Commons or be public domain images.

4. Take your photos or videos. Read Tell the story in pictures.

  • If you plan to include people's faces, get their permission, first. Respecting each person's privacy is a vital human right. (Notice how the kids at Richie's school avoided clear shots of people's faces.)
  • What is your school's policy about taking photos of students in school? Find out.
  • Generally, photos of people taken outside of school, in public places, may not require special permission.
  • It is always best to learn the laws and rules in your area or state BEFORE you take photos.
  • Respect property rights. Do not trespass on private property.

Always take a few more photos or video shots than you anticipate needing. It is much easier to delete an extra photo, than to need one at the last minute.

camera Here are some great tips about taking photos.

5. Narrate the story.

6. Use the same transition throughout your project.

7. The right piece of music can add power to your project's message. Music is not required. Only instrumental music may be used. Music is included in Photo Story software. Other music must be licensed under Creative Commons or public domain. You must prove this by showing the download link or the cd.

What's with all these rules? You may want to publish your creation on the Internet or show it outside of your classroom. If you do that, it must abide by copyright laws. It is best to build your project within those rules from the start. Additionally, some people have religious or personal objections to having their picture taken. We should all respect that. Period.

Where could you publish it online? TeacherTube.com | YouTube.com | Google Video

8. Proof the project. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneak in to the bets work. smiling icon


Consider the power of images: Photographic artist, Chris Jordan, has used his photos and photo software to create images that send messages about our consumer society. Using single images repeated, he represents huge statistics in a visual format.

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Posted 4/2009 by Cynthia J. O'Hora Released to public domain in honor of

Aligned with Pennsylvania Academic Standards - Ecology & Environment
Explain how human activities may affect local, regional, and global environment.
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Science & Technology, Mathematics, Civics, Reading , Writing, and Speaking