Tell Me a Story About Carbon Capture... No Wait, Make it a Movie!
Paul Owens' grade six/seven students love telling stories, especially if it means they can win prizes of new mobile devices for their school! While learning about Saskatchewan's Boundary Dam Carbon Capture program in Science, Paul's class heard about a contest put on by SaskPower. The stakes were high, as the potential for new technology was on the line! However there was one catch... you had to make an engaging video to help educate others on carbon capture in Saskatchewan.
This cross curricular project allowed students to explore outcomes in English Language Arts, Science and Arts Education. With English Language Arts, students were engaged in researching, brainstorming, script writing and creating a storyboard. In Science, students were evidently high engaged in learning about what carbon capture is and why it's important to everyone, particularly future generations. Finally in Arts Education, the students had to bring what they learned in Science and English Language Arts to life with the creation of a video.
Tools to Create
Researching was completed via school and student devices thanks to the BYOD program. Students were also able record videos and save them to the Surface Pros as well as upload these videos to OneDrive as a means of storage.In addition to this, they were able to create very professional looking videos with Windows Movie Maker.
If students had questions they had their teacher, however many were very proactive in researching video tutorials in how to use the software!
Why Was it Worth Your While?
"Technology is not going anywhere" ... Paul sees his role as a teacher to help guide students in becoming more accustomed to using these tools and properly implement them into their learning. He also recognizes the potential digital tools have in learning, as the students in his class use a variety of devices for organization, research, note-taking, as well as for digital portfolios. Be sure to watch the video to hear more ways in which he uses technology to transform learning in his classroom.
More Information on Carbon Capture
To learn more about the Carbon Capture Learning Program, check out the following article which also features Paul's students! Regina Students Learn About Carbon Capture. You can even learn more about the Boundary Dam Carbon Capture Project in the following article, "Carbon Capture History Made in Saskatchewan, besting once ambitious Alberta"
Exploring the Art of Making Videos
Digital Stories help to further deepen student connections between what they are learning and their understandings. That being said, they also provide valuable opportunities to take writing to another level. Check out the work of grade 6 students from Jillian Laursen's class and the story the Vaughan sisters.