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Growing Greener - Environmental/Energy Issue Video Project
"Well done is better than well said." Benjamin Franklin

You can use technology, along with your many growing skills, to impact your world.

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Begin by watching this video Saving Water ( on youtube)

As you watch the video look for the theme.

How is the message built?

How does the project conclude? How does it reinforce the theme?


Make your own photo/movie/video project.

Select a locally important issue. Look around your home, school, and community.

Make a video using still photos, digital videos and appropriate audio files to convey a
message about an energy or environmental issue or idea.

Important Advice.

Decide on an issue or action.

Plan ahead. Use a Videomap pdf version to chart your course. Multimedia Project Planning Worksheet

Write a script.

Take/find the photos. Shoot the video.

Adjust the script for unplanned, opportune additions.


Here are the guidelines for making a video project

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

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

The project should be no longer than 5-7 minutes.

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.

4. Take your photos. 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.
  • What is your school's policy about taking photos of students in school? Find out.
  • Generally, photos of people taken out 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.

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

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5. Use effective narration where needed.

6. Use the same transition throughout your whole project.

7. Music is not required. Only instrumental music may be used. Music is included in Photo Story. Other music must be licensed under Creative Commons or public domain. You must prove this by showing the download link or the cd.

8. Conclusion - Be sure you give the viewer an action to take. Reinforce it in the final scene, like the water video did.

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

gold star 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? |


Done Already? Good work.

You get an additional mission. Become a photo journalists and show the big picture. Make a photo essay of the class doing their projects. Or make a "how to" using photos, text, sound and video for your classmates. Demonstrate the steps for making a digital photo slide show or video project. Include one totally terrific tip.


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The Fundamentals of Digital Storytelling

FlickrLilli | Pics4Learning - copyright friendly images for use in education project.


Other Digital Projects:

The United States of Art - Explore examples of public art in this interactive Google map. Add you town or region's public art to the map.

Winter Song Story Project

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Free online resource to engage kids

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