The Road Less Traveled: Podcasts, Photo Puzzles and Flipbooks!

Experiences: Middle school media courses are off to an exciting start this year.  8th graders are creating podcasts, while 6th graders have had a great experience making photo puzzles. 7th graders have worked hard on storytelling through drafting narrative short stories, creating storyboards and topping that off with animation, sound effects and film.

Reflections: After a wide range of experiences in each course- viewing and analyzing model work, producing their own work, getting feedback and revising their work… we’ve also taken some time to reflect on our experiences thus far.

Quotes from 7 th grade Students’ Reflections on the Media Course
“I’d like for the teachers to give us a commercial hunt (where they tell us a topic and we have to find a good quality video).”

“I wrote stories, made comics, flipbooks, and lots of characters. I learned about stop-motion animation, advertisements and how media really affects us in the world every day.”

“I wish I could learn more about producing and animation.”

“I’d like to learn to compare commercials for similar products that are made by different companies.”

“I’d like to learn how to show feeling and emotion in my storyboards so that it seems more like a story, not just random sketches.”

“I don’t really understand how to create wonderful, believable characters.”

 Actions:  As we move forward in our courses of study, both students and teachers will continue to use this cycle of experience, reflection and action.  While producing, whether it be a stop motion animation production or a podcast, students are exposed to new ideas as well as feedback and revise their work in a cycle of constant improvement.  At the same time, teachers are also reflecting on student work and taking into consideration student feedback as we continue to explore the road less traveled- playing with, teaching and learning new kinds of media.

Take a look at this video about the 7th grade flipbooks: http://www.youtube.com/mystjohns

Sara Rich and Miki Ambrozy – Middle School media teachers