Why do school media departments buy poor video camcorders?

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If you are a school wanting to go out and conduct video interviews can I recommend a video camera with an external microphone input and a microphone on a long lead. Google these suggestions:

How to do green screen movies in school

The interest in Green Screen seems to be gathering momentum. I think it’s one of those techniques which is a mystery to many people but once you know how it works is really simple.

The Brown Cow – a ghost story

This is one of my favorite films from the recent Keighley Creative Partnerships project. I like this one for a number of reasons but mainly because I didn’t have much work to do.

Creative Project – order or chaos?

A creative project, like any other, has process steps and milestones. One reason why creative projects often fail is because not enough time is spent understanding the purpose of the project and refining the ideas around that purpose.

Badges, belonging and responsibility

Iconic filmmaking tools – meaningful objects – become the badges of the children’s responsibility, and seeing them all together they actually look like a professional film crew. I think this is an important visual way of giving them a sense of their individual responsibility and belonging to the team.

Henry and the magic wallpaper

At this school we wanted to combine music, writing, film, animation and the wonderful technique known as green-screen – or perhaps blue-screen; Chroma Separation Overlay, CSO if you want to show off.

Learning to debate using video

Filming a debate provides a little bit of fear, excitement and theatre into the learning. With instant playback you can address issues simply by showing them the video – often the facilitator need not say anything; show rather than tell. It’s also a resource to show other children with some ready made role models.

Free software for viewing and editing your videos

There’s a lot of frustration over the compatibility of small popular video cameras and free editing software packages. VideoPad might work well with the popular Flip cameras, with Audacity offering a solution for multi-track audio. Then there’s the free VLC Media Player.

Wall of Secrets

The idea:One of the schools in Keighley wanted to take the theme of "lots of hidden things" for their film. They didn't want to take a single person, place or event but to encourage the children to look at their environment for signs of history. The emphasis was on walking about and looking.  They came….

Hidden Keighley discovery day

We completed the Hidden Keighley discovery day yesterday. Six schools trekking around the town in search of boxes which had been transformed by the children.