Langley Grammar School’s Digital Leaders play a vital role in making sure that the school’s IT and iPad provision supports and engages students, and that there’s always a clear line of communication from the staff making IT policies to the students working under them.
When we heard that the school had just added some new Digital Leaders to the team, we thought it only right that they be put through their paces – it’s a very important role, after all. With that in mind, we set them a challenge: make a video explaining how iPad is benefiting your education, using only that same iPad.
Using their trusty iPads, students had to script, shoot and edit a three minute video showing how the school was encouraging creative, independent learning, and trying to make lessons more fun.
We’re not completely cruel, so we made sure one of our Apple Education Trainers (and former teacher) Mike Watkinson was on hand to answer any questions about apps the students hadn’t used before, but otherwise they were on their own. Over to Mike…
“Myself and Langley’s Specialist Leader for Education, Dan Mace, briefed the digital leaders on the project – this was the first time they had been asked to carry out a task like this with the knowledge that what they were producing would represent the school, so quite intimidating for them I think!
“They had also not worked on a larger scale video project, so we discussed ideas around planning and storyboarding. The students were asked how would they like to represent ways that iPad is used in the school, and what the practicalities of capturing that information would be.
“They then assigned roles to members of the team, including scriptwriters, camera operators, presenters, editors, musicians and so on, and set to work.”
The students were only using a small amount of pre-recorded footage, such as that taken from existing projects, so needed no capture and edit their contributions very quickly, as they only had a day to script, shoot and cut the video.
Mike explained: “The idea was to review each contribution as a group then compile the contributions to make the final film, adding titles and music as appropriate. iMovie was the main tool used for this process, but music was composed by members of the team using GarageBand.
“The students planned the content and structure of the final piece and captured and/or created all the materials, with guidance from Dan and myself only being around how such projects can be organised and delivered, and a little help with timekeeping! Considering they were new to the role and the process I think the results do them and the school great credit!”