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Thursday, March 3 • 11:00am - 11:45am
Documentary NOW!

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Participants will learn how to introduce students to documentary creation, from brainstorming a topic, to storyboarding, to final editing. We analyze scenes from documentary vignettes to understand the audio/visual aspects of filmmaking. We introduce sources of copyright friendly media as well as materials used to teach citation of these sources. Finally, we will showcase our use of the video editing platform, WeVideo.

This presentation will feature all three project collaborators, including the ITF, librarian, and classroom teacher, whose students later placed 3rd in the nationwide C-SPAN Student Cam contest.

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Gabriel Graña

Library/Media, RD & Euzelle Smith Middle School
Gabriel Graña has been the librarian at Smith for the last 8 years; prior to that, he taught English Language Arts for 6 years. He can be found on social media platforms as @bibliograna. This Cubanito is eager to talk books, Star Wars, and Hip Hop.
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Erin Kellas

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Erin Kellas has been a Social Studies teacher at Smith Middle School for the past 17 years.  She is the school's Model UN coach and is a co-chair of the school's Equity Team.  When she is not immersed in teaching future active citizens, she enjoys watching documentaries, reading... Read More →
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Connie Wolf

Coach/Facilitator, RD & Euzelle Smith Middle School
Connie Wolf has been the instructional technology facilitator (ITF) at Smith Middle School (Chapel Hill) for the last 6 years; prior to that she was the ITF at Cape Hatteras Elementary (Buxton) and a math teacher in Durham Public Schools. She can be found on social media platforms... Read More →

Thursday March 3, 2022 11:00am - 11:45am EST
  Concurrent, Digital Content and instruction
  • Grade Span 6-8, 9-12
  • Devices Chromebooks, iPads, Tablets, Macbooks, PC Laptops
  • Diversity The Documentary NOW project is designed to highlight diverse viewpoints. Students are allowed to choose their own topics but are taught how to access research databases and interview subjects with viewpoints differing from their own. Lessons include graphic organizers--scaffolds to help map out documentary ideas and design--and the final product allows students to tell their story in nontraditional ways. Lastly, students are also provided with school and public library technology, so that the project does not rely on the resources families have at home.
  • Level Intermediate
  • Room 306C