Digital storytelling is quickly becoming a critical skill. A core component of all communication has always been storytelling, and today's storytellers are doing it through video.

Just as we teach students the concepts of good writing - we must now teach them how to edit their video-stories with skill and flair.  Digital storytelling is no longer an elective - it is a key element in visual literacy---an essential tool in today's communication process.

We all know that today's students are the future leaders of the fast moving digital revolution. Teaching to communicate through video in this digital revolution requires a revolutionary teaching tool.  Videocraft Workshop provides such a tool in its START EDITING NOW! Classroom Workshop Edition series.

The START EDITING NOW! Classroom Workshop Edition provides teachers with flexible curriculum options for motivating students to explore the core concepts of effective video editing and digital storytelling. It includes complete lesson plans, student materials, enrichment activities, and professionally produced MULTI-TRACK MOVIES---uncompressed video clips forming three mini-movies---which provide editing material for immediate practice on the Instructional Lessons.

Explore the MULTI-TRACK MOVIE Movie Maps and study the structure of a production and video storyline, before sending students into the field. Expand editing instruction to include developing students into better videographers and visual communicators.

Finally, relax while students practice their editing skills with rights-cleared footage that can be used by students in a multitude of ways.

Effective teaching always begins with well-planned lessons.  Imagine having the lessons already done and, even more than that – lessons on video, taught by a video professional that are ready to show to your students.

The lessons are objective-based and allow the capability to start and stop to give students ample time to practice with the provided MULTI-TRACK MOVIES. Videocraft Workshop understands the importance of flexibility giving the teacher the ability to select how the lessons are used in the classroom.  Students can view them individually, in small groups or as a whole class.

And, we’ve even supplied printable copies of all the lesson scripts in case you choose to view Bill’s lessons and then teach them yourself. In addition to the lesson scripts that are included for the teacher who wants to use the lessons but teach them personally, Videocraft Workshop includes a wide variety of teaching materials:

Movie Maps
The teacher and students will use Movie Maps to create MULTI-TRACK MOVIES. A visual road map of the major components of each of the three storylines, movie maps allow each student to select the track that their movie will take. It is also a tool to open the discussion of the components of storytelling, main idea, supporting ideas, character development and so much more.  These Movie Maps act as a storyboard to the creation of each student’s MULTI-TRACK MOVIE.

Lesson Plans:
Complete lesson plans in PDF or text formats which allow the teacher to print them for class completion or to use the text version to adapt to a teaching style.  There is a lesson plan for each instructional lesson portion of the three workshops.

Enrichment Activities:
There are a dozen enrichment activities that can be printed out and used in a variety of ways – for the highly achieving student, to stretch the learning to cover an entire semester or even as a learning center to accompany the whole-class learning.

Clip Guides:
There is a full array of clip guides that can be printed out and used by the students to select clips as they build their MULTI-TRACK MOVIES.  They include a screen-grab of the scene and also a short description.  The students will use these to make their movie and also learn a lot about the wide variety of shots needed to create a video story.

Shot Logs:
Use these as another overview of each MULTI-TRACK MOVIE in conjunction with the Movie Maps.  It’s another way to communicate the need for a concise storyline before any video is created.

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