|Young learners get the opportunity to work|
with cameras and video cameras on the
Wild Coast Schools Project
The idea was to produce a “mini documentary” to tie in the year’s animal theme. Each student had written a few sentences about their chosen animal. After recording themselves reading their sentences, they were shown how to string together clips of themselves with clips of their animal. Next came the basic assembly, the intro/outro pages were placed, special effects were thrown in, and background music to top it off.
With Windows Movie Maker being lost due to technical difficulties, Ash and Victor had to search for a similar program. The resulting Wondershare, while not the “world standard” of video editing software, provided the kids an opportunity to experiment with the basics. Familiarity with terms such as import, export, cut, timeline, drag and drop, etc., is a skill that can easily be applied to the majority of other video editing softwares. The program itself did provide some challenges, such as leaving a watermark on the exported video, unsynchronized audio/video during editing, or the occasional crash. However, despite the sometimes major setbacks, the kids were able to use the program to create some pretty great videos.
Now, in the last days of the 2014 school year, all that is left to do is to have a presentation day, and show off the best of the best videos. It’s been an enjoyment teaching a group of people so enthusiastic, and I’m very happy with the end result of the project. With new plans for the new year, I’ve no doubt that the kids at Bulugha will continue to learn and grow their knowledge of computer literacy with the help of volunteer like me.
Wild Coast Schools Volunteer, 2014