I am feeling inspired by Austin Kleon’s book Show Your Work and so I thought it would be fun to post some pictures from the making of my Google Teacher Academy application video.
Here is the video:
1st Shot: White background and desk.
This is taken in my basement with a white screen I often use in my class for video and for teaching about light to my grade 4s in our photography/light unit. The slider for my camera made all the difference in each shot. The cam slider was much more effective then your regular Ken Burns effects within iMovie. Though this was the last shot that I filmed, I wanted to start with just the desk to be sure it popped in each picture. I want to create a continuous story with this visual as my anchor.
2nd shot: Jet Aircraft Museum
Thanks to my partner, Greg Marshall, we got access to the Jet Aircarft Museum here in London. Greg is learning to fly a plane so he was a natural at approaching the very kind and generous staff.
3nd shot: Grand Bend, Lake Huron
This shot was taken in early May just after the Google Teacher Academy opened applications. It was really, really cold! I am wearing a full on puffy liner and parka! I like the images that contrast nature with technology to remind us of the bigger picture. It was funny to lug around the desk and all the stuff inside the desk. Each time I tried to make sure that the contents of the desk were in the same position.
After being turned down by Museum London, we turned to the friendly folks at The ARTS project who were more than happy to support the project.
4th and 9th shots: Komoka Provincial Park, Thames River
One of my favourite places to run and play.
I love the old school compared to new school. It’s funny to think about continuity and change in education. Has it really changed that much from the days of the one room school house?
This is really my favourite shot. The way the light comes in from the far door feels like magic to me. Plus, it was fun to climb up high to nab a shot from a different perspective. Can you spot me in the photo?
I loved this process. I learned that when you tell a story, you tell it to yourself too. This is a message I believe with my entire heart, and it took making the video to really let the message come out. I loved telling a story and creating something beautiful. I am very proud that I was able to give my perspective while still meeting the condition of the application (talking about innovation and positive change). Next, I want to create another video that is unrelated to any application process.
Thank you to Mark Hammons @mhammons for the most specific and honest feedback. For being so positive too.
Thank you to team Voxer and PLC friends for discussions and for being in the video: Greg Garner @classroom_tech, Jaime Vandergrift @JaimeVanderG, Tracy Clark @TracyClark08, Jon Samuelson @ipadsammy, Megan Valois @MsValois
Thank you to staff and students at my school.
Thank you to epic BMX riding of Kevin Gauci and his friends.
Thank you David Malone @dwmalone, Sylvia Duckworth @sylviaduckworth, and Tanya Avrith @edtechschools for leading the way and checking in with me throughout the process.
Thank you, most of all to Greg Marshall @mr_marshall grip and most inspiring human I know.