Take a walk on the wild side: Making short movies to enhance international and intercultural understanding

ID: 31509 Type: Roundtable
  1. Elaine Hoter, Talpiot college of Education, Mofet, Institute and the Center for Technology and Multiculturalism, Israel

Tuesday, March 8 11:30 AM-12:30 PM Location: McGavock's B

No presider for this session.

Abstract: Today we have the technology,but often lack the reasons and know how to integrate the technology effectively in teacher education. This roundtable presentation will look at the different ways of using short videos to connect between people. The presenter will give examples from courses taught in teaching colleges connecting different populations, the hearing and the Deaf/deaf, children and students, students from different countries, student teachers from different culture groups and students/pupils from cultures in conflict. The examples are from different stages in collaboration between students and from a variety of subject areas: language acquisition, integrating technology in education, special education, holocaust studies, cultural studies, and multiculturalism.


This workshop will introduce participants to integrating movie making in their teaching as a tool both for themselves, for pre-service and in-service teachers and ultimately pupils. The participants will have hands on practice using simple editors to make short videos. They will be exposed to different types and uses of digital videos with a stress on using videos for multicultural education and online learning, although other class uses will be investigated and presented. Educators will visualize the possible applications of short digital movies in their international projects and in their classrooms. Participants will become familiar with free online resources for pictures and music. International copyright issues will be part of the discussion in the workshop. The participants will make a one minute movie about another participant in the workshop going through the stages of script writing, narrating, editing, adding music etc. The participants will present their movies in a screening premier at the end of the session.

Topical Outline

Introduction: The workshop will begin with an introduction to the workshop content, objectives, methods and the facilitators. The instructors will share their experiences in using short films as part of their international projects and as part of their teaching. They will discuss issues such as what do the use of short films and making short films add to the students' learning experience? How can the film projects help in the field of special education and therapy? How can short films be used,in the field of international understanding and cooperation? Stage 1: Introducing different kinds of technical equipment available for classroom use. • Flip cameras, • simple video cameras, • sound equipment, • editing programs. (audacity, photo story, movie maker etc) Copyright issues: Tour of the web to find copyright free music, jingles, pictures, creative commons etc. material. Stage 2: Hands on practice in making a 20 second movie from 3 pictures using the photo story program. Stage 3: Introduction to different methods of creating a short video( • Digital Storytelling, • DigiTales, • Laterna Magiga- technique • etc. Stage 4: Learning the basics of camcorder use. • How to use a digital camcorder and sound equipment. • Video terminology glossary. • Simple shooting exercises. • Cinematic language Stage 5: Drawing a storyboard. Introduction to free several storyboard platforms in the web. Stage 6:. Warm up exercises for creating the narrative. • Writing the narrative . • Recording the narrative Stage 7: Capture video around the theme chosen Stage 8: Import the images or video into movie maker, add a title, transitions, and music to the video. Stage 9: Export the video to the web. Uploading to YouTube, TeacherTube etc. Stage 10: Discussion on the implementation of short films in the classroom and beyond. Conclusion: Premier of the short videos – with popcorn!


ALL EDUCATORS There are no prerequisites, no prior knowledge required

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Merja Karvinen is currently a lecturer in the Radio and TV- Studies department in the North Karelia College Outokumpu in Finland. She has conducted media workshops for children, for elderly people and for educators. She has also led international cooperation projects and has been in charge of student exchange programs in her college. Before her career in education she was employed for fifteen years as a camera operator for Finnish Broadcasting Company. She has also worked as a radio reporter and has experience in working with radio and TV documentaries. Merja Karvinen spent four months in 2009 at Vanderbilt University as part of The Distinguish Fulbright Awards in Teaching- program. Pilvi Dufva is a teacher in the Radio and TV-Studies Department in the North Karelia College Outokumpu, Finland. She also works as a IBCC (International Baccalaureate Career-related Certificate) coordinator. She has a wide knowledge of media technology through work experience and studies. She has led media workshops in Slovakia, Italy, Hungary. Elaine Hoter Phd is a senior lecturer at Talpiot College of Education, and the Mofet International Online Academy for Teacher Education in Israel. In 2000 she co-convened the first online conference for teacher educators. In 2005 she was one of the founders of the center for Technology and Multiculturalism in teacher education in Israel joining the Arab and Jewish populations in combined online courses. She received an honorable mention for the CITE/JTATE Technology Leadership Awards 2006 for Exemplary Use of Technology to Teach Content in a Teacher Education Methods Course linking both Deaf and hearing communities in Israel and the USA. She was a recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Teachers award in 2009. In the last year she has given workshops on integrating technology in education in Israel, South Africa, Rome, Malta and in online international workshops.


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