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Make a Trailer About Renewable Energy

Step One – Decide on the story you’d like to tell

You’re going to pretend you’ve made a documentary about alternative energy and now you’re going to make a trailer. So the first thing you want to think about is what story are you going to tell.

Go here to look at the pictures you have to pick from: Renewable Energy Photo Album

Step Two – Start putting together your trailer

Make a Paper Slide Video about Integers

In this project, you’re going to teach other people about integers through a Paper Slide Video.

Step One – Collect Information About Integers

The first thing you’re going to do is write down what you know about integers so far. Use a word processor application such a Word or Pages.

Then start adding to your knowledge by looking at these sites:

Fact Monster
What is an Integer (PBS Math Club)
Subtracting Positive and Negative Numbers (PBS Math Club)
Adding and Subtracting Integers (BrainPop)

Add to your notes.

Step Two – Decide What Each Person In Your Group is Going to Explain

Now you’re going to get into your group and decide what each person is going to talk about.

Here are some things each person in your group could talk about:

  • What are integers
  • The difference between positive and negative numbers
  • When negative numbers happen in real life
  • How to add integers
  • How to subtract integers
  • How to multiply integers
  • How to divide integers
  • Give an example

Step Three – Each Person Will Design Their Paper and Plan Out What They’re Going to Say

Each person is going to write or draw something on a piece of paper that goes with what they’re going to talk about it.

It could include:

  • a title
  • an illustration
  • an example
  • a number line

Step Four – Make Your Recording

Get one iPad for your group. Decide who’s going to be your main cameraperson. It has to be someone who can hold it straight for the whole video. That person will open up iMovie and start recording when the group is ready.

When the recording starts, the first person will drop their paper below the iPad and explain their part. Then the second person will drop their paper on top of the first one and explain their part. This will continue until each person has had their turn.

Step Five – Edit the Recording and Share It


Make a Video Tour of Your Minecraft Treehouse and Corral

Now it’s time to show off all your hard work and creativity by making a video to show it off. Follow the following instructions to accomplish this task.

#1 – Make Your Video

This video breaks this down into four steps:
Step One: Check the Microphone Settings (0:00)
Step Two: Start Minecraft (1:26)
Step Three: Start Quicktime Player (2:13)
Step Four: Start Recording (3:18)
Step Five: Save Recording (4:53)

#2 – Edit Video in iMovie

#3 – Put the Video on Your Blog and Hand It Into Classroom

Interview a Teacher

Step One – List Questions

The first thing you’ll need to do for your teacher interview is to prepare a list of questions with your partner. You’re going to do this in OneNote, a part of Office 365, which will enable both of you to put in your own questions in at the same time.

You and your partner will come up with a minimum of 15 questions. You can come up with more if you’d like – I would recommend at least 20. At least 10 of the questions should be open-ended. An open-ended is a question that requires more than 1 – 4 words to properly answer it. For example, if I ask a question, “Do you like teaching?”, it’s not open-ended because a simple “yes” would answer it – and that would make a very boring interview. Instead a better question would be “What do you like about teaching?” That can’t be properly answered with a yes or a no!

After you put it on your blog, print out two copies. Put a star by your best questions – those are the ones you especially don’t want to forget.

When you do your interview, have your questions with you. But don’t be to focused on them. Listen to what the teacher is saying to you and think about questions that will keep the flow of the conversation going. When that subject has ran its course, then return to the list.

Step Two – Set Up an Interview Time with Your Teacher

The best time is during media class but often that isn’t possible because they’re teaching. So you might have to arrange a different time – when their class has PE, for instance, or after-school, if you can stay a little later. If this is during a time you have a class, then you’ll also need to check with the teacher you have at that time. You’ll soon find out that some teachers are more open to this than others.

Step Three – Interview the Teacher

Ok, you have the questions ready and you have the time set up, now you have to actually do the interview.

Here are some tips:

Tip #1: Use a tripod. We’re going to try to make this as professional as possible and there’s nothing more amateur and distracting than having camera that’s moving all over the place. Set it up and don’t touch until the interview is over (unless the subject moves herself.)

Tip #2: Get the camera as close as you can to the subject. Even more important than getting the picture is getting the sound. If you’re too far away, you’re not going to be able to hear what they’re going to say and it’s going to be a waste of time.

Tip #3: To help you with #2: Only have the subject in the frame. You don’t need to have the interviewer in the picture. You’ll take care of that with the next task.

Tip #4: Pay attention to the background. Try to avoid filming your subject in front of a cluttered backdrop, instead ask them to move over to something spare or more organized.

Tip #5: Be prepared. Start getting the camera, the tripod and your questions ready ten minutes ahead of time. If you wait to the last second, you’re going to end up being late and your subject may not wait for you!

Tip #6: Try to have fun. Go into the interview positive and with enthusiasm. Don’t just read off your questions one after the other; listen to what the person is saying and don’t be afraid to ask new questions that occur to you when they’re talking to you.

Step Four – Record the Introduction, the Conclusion and Questions

Before you put the camera away, it might be a good time to record the introduction, conclusion and the questions. (You could also do this task after you import it onto your computer and decide what footage you’re going to keep.)

It will take a bit of thought to come up with what you’re going to say in the introduction especially. What you’re doing to telling the viewers why they should watch your interview.

Step Five – Edit the Video

Now that you’ve finished the interview, you’ll need to get it on your computer, edit it and export it so we can put it on the Edgemere Videos website and on the tv in the front hall.

Make a Book Trailer

In this project, you’re going to motivate students to read a book you like by making a trailer for it. You know how when you go to see a movie in a theater, they show you previews for upcoming movies? You’re going to do that for a book.

The one thing you need to keep in mind is you need to choose a book with a lot of pictures.

Step One – Pick your theme and figure out how many pictures you’re going to need

Step Two – Take a lot of pictures of the book’s illustrations

Use the camera app on an iPad. Make sure you’re in a well lit area. Try to hold the iPad straight – use one of the edges of the book to help you. Try to get as close as you can to the page and still get the whole picture.

Step Three – Edit the pictures

Step Four – Put the trailer together in iMovie

Step Five – Adjust iMovie photos