When creating this video, I thought it would be challenging to make 10 minutes’ worth of video content. As it is the video is over 10 minutes and there is still things that I did not put in! How did that happen? I think my project really helped me! Essentially the project is about children creating a story or Tale in a video format – so in the video you will see examples of the children’s work along the way.
But before the video there was lots to organise…
Travelling Tales started because of connections that we were making in our class and from an idea from one of my students. Before thinking about creating my project video I needed to think about setting a few things up. I needed to:
- Create the UBD for Travelling Tales
- Create an information sheet to send to teachers who had signed up
- Create Travelling Tales website
- Create Travelling Tales Twitter Handle
- Create a presentation explaining a 5 part Story Mountain
- Create a 5 slide planner to help planning offline
- Create a story Mountain planner
- Create a book list to help teach the Unit
- Create a form to collect information from interested teachers
- Looking at Story Language Document
- Create some branding which you will see in this post and in the Project Video, so that Travelling Tales has a sense of identity.
Back to the video…
The process of making the video began with creating a storyboard. I decided to use Google slides for this because I thought it would allow me to manipulate images and words. In the end I did not use images in my plan. I don’t know why but it just happened that way. Instead what you see is me writing down my thoughts and ideas – a little like a script.
I thought iMovie would be the best tool for me to create my Project video and after cutting videos, adding voice overs, putting transition slides in etc. For a whole day I had only ended up with about 4 minutes’ worth of video. I was slightly depressed by the whole thing. I even showed it to my wife who wasn’t too complimentary! Not good.
So after a little soul searching and a lot of thinking I changed my approach. The children during the project use Adobe Spark Voice to share their stories. Why can’t I do the same? And that is what I did. I used the same tool the children used for their project in my project. I still used iMovie to cut and slice it together but I think it’s pretty cool that I used the same tool to tell a story or Tale as the children.
So here it is Travelling Tales. A COETAIL course 5 Final Project by Joel Bevans created using Adobe Spark Voice and iMovie.
Things that didn’t make the cut…
As I said at the start there is work and evidence that did not make the final video otherwise it would have been a COETAIL epic (a Steven Spielberg hour long effort!!) So here are few more pieces of evidence of my Project. There have been four Travelling Tales so far. The first one is part of my Project Video but here are the other three Travelling Tales.
Travelling Tales will continue. I am just in the process of sorting out the next Travelling Tales and it looks like we may have 3 Tales happening simultaneously. But we are always looking for more classes to connect with. If you would like to join Travelling Tales, then please sign up here.
And that is that. My last official COETAIL blog post. But I will be back. I will not go back to my old ways of being a lurker. No I will continue to try to be Comfortably Uncomfortable. Because that is what COETAIL does to you – it pushes you to that space where you learn, develop and connect.