The Helms Media All-Stars @ FotoFest

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A pilot project in classroom media integration. This video takes a look at the making of "Sun, Moon, Earth: 2012", a video created by 20 fifth graders at Helms Elementary in Houston, TX, through a partnership with FotoFest International. www.fotofest.org

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The Helms Media All-Stars:

The Helms Media All-Stars A c ase study in project-based learning using media in the classroom

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A project by students and teachers from Helms Elementary in partnership with FotoFest International

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This project supported in part by a grant to FotoFest from the Houston Young Lawyers Foundation Thank You.

For five weeks, 20 fifth grade students at Helms Elementary learned about Earth science and space.:

For five weeks, 20 fifth grade students at Helms Elementary learned about Earth science and space.

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They explored these concepts through a hands-on video project.

In the first assignment, students made shadow puppets to depict the changing seasons.:

In the first assignment, students made shadow puppets to depict the changing seasons.

They began by writing about their experiences and favorite memories associated with each season.:

They began by writing about their experiences and favorite memories associated with each season.

They learned about the science behind the seasons through library research and group discussion.:

T hey learned about the science behind the seasons through library research and group discussion.

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Working in small groups, they made props to depict trees, flowers, birds, clouds, and other imagery.

Using their handmade props, they created narrative sequences to depict each season. :

Using their handmade props, they created narrative sequences to depict each season.

Combining research with their personal narratives, each group wrote a script for the video.:

Combining research with their personal narratives, each group wrote a script for the video.

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They worked together to film the videos.

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They recorded their classmates reading the scripts.

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T hen they pulled it all together, learning how to edit by combining sound and video.

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The majority of the editing was performed completely by the students themselves.

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After a week and a half of work, the students got to see their first video…

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The Seasons: Shadow Puppet Animation Sample 1

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After viewing the video, the students in the class asked, “Who is reading?” In her recording, this English language learner proved she is fully capable of reading and presenting the narrative that she wrote. They did not recognize the student’s voice. She is a quiet girl who rarely speaks in class.

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The shadow puppet project presented challenges, but once the students saw the results, they started to get excited.

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Their n ext challenge?

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Model making!

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A very tactile and hands-on learning experience, this process integrated art, research, creativity, and science.

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Students cut, pasted, and colored their way through an exploration of the earth…

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…and its distance to the sun and the moon.

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In the following video clip, please keep in mind that the students did ALL of their own math…

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It’s tough for an actor to know what to do while waiting for their turn!

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Following is the first attempt at using a model. During this process, the students tested lighting and timing, and learned how to use a studio to set a scene.

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The students put their problem solving skills to the test when trying to figure out how to create a time lapse video. It took some digging through the help manual, and then trial and error following the procedural steps, to make this sequence happen:

The goal of this hands-on project was multi-faceted::

The goal of this hands-on project was multi-faceted:

1. Aid students in making broad connections between difficult concepts in Earth and solar science.:

1. Aid students in making broad connections between difficult concepts in Earth and solar science.

2. Engage students in the classroom through project-based learning…:

2. Engage students in the classroom through project-based learning… …using media as a tool for engagement, not merely as the sole or end learning result.

3. Improve dual language communication, allowing students opportunities to express themselves via multiple platforms::

3. Improve dual language communication, allowing students opportunities to express themselves via multiple platforms: speaking, writing, visual, digital, creative, performance-based, & technical .

4. Improve writing, communication, problem solving, critical thinking and presentation skills.:

4. Improve writing, communication, problem solving, critical thinking and presentation skills.

5. Improve students’ understanding of audience, purpose and intent in media as a form of communication.:

5. Improve students’ understanding of audience, purpose and intent in media as a form of communication.

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The results from this project show strong evidence that each of these goals was met and/or exceeded.

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In order to create a presentation to communicate ideas, it is imperative to understand your audience, your purpose and your intent.

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Each student created their own “power symbol” to help them identify their goals and intentions in media communication.

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This helped them to connect as a group around a single purpose, with a shared vision and goal .

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By the end of the project, the students had self-identified their strengths, as well as areas of needed improvement.

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They recognized that some were best at filming while others were good at acting.

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Some were great at model making, while others made the best directors.

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But, no matter their role, they all proved themselves worthy of the name: The Helms Media All-Stars.

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Today, you saw a little over three minutes of “Sun, Moon, Earth: 2012” by the Helms Media All-Stars . Their feature video is twenty minutes long.

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Sun, Moon, Earth: 2012 first premiered at 14 Pews on Monday, April 23 rd, 2012… …complete with popcorn, artist talks, autographed movie posters and much more.

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As part of FotoFence 2012 , FotoFest’s Literacy Through Photography student exhibition. The video will be on view at FotoFest from May 12 th – May 26 th , 2012.

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A sincere thank you to Mrs. Meador, Helms Elementary science teacher, Ruth Robbins, FotoFest Cohort Teacher, and Ms. Del Pilar, Helms Elementary Principal, for your support and dedication to student learning, creativity, and achievement .

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The Helms Media All-Stars: Robin R. Sandy M. Tucker B. Hector C. Darren M. Elian G. Albert C . Samantha F. Joey C. Hallee H. Ileana M. Jessica S. Rogelio M. Shelsea E. Rocio V. Beanca S. Sam M. Luis B. Josue R. Karen B.

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This project was made possible in partnership with FotoFest International through a grant provided by The Houston Young Lawyers Foundation Thank you for your support.