Online Movie Making Course for Kids
Upper Elementary & Middle School
Teach your students how to make their own stop-motion brickfilm while introducing/reinforcing essential Language Arts and STEM skills! Focusing on story building fundamentals (character building, plot concepts and more) and using cameras, animation software, and video editing software, they will bring LEGOs to life creating multi-scene movies with transitions, titles, credits, sound effects, and narration. Students can receive a link to all the class creations at the end of the course.
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Brainy Bytes curriculum follows the newest generation of ISTE, (International Society for Technology and Education), standards for students. Each of our curricula will expose students to technology and at least one other curriculum topic area (i.e., Science, Language Arts).
The following ISTE standards can be found throughout Brainy Bytes curriculum:
1C – Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
1D – Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
2B – Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
3D –Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
4A – Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
4B – Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
4D – Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.
5D – Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.
6A – Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
6B – Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
6D – Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
7B – Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
7C – Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.
Movie Making is taught on MonkeyJam and Video Pad.
MonkeyJam is a digital penciltest and stopmotion animation program. It is designed to let you capture images from a webcam, camcorder, or scanner and assemble them as separate frames of an animation.
VideoPad is utilized in this course for teaching editing, visual effects and audio. It is a fully-featured video editor for creating professional quality videos in minutes. VideoPad is a for-purchase resource. We recommend using their home edition which will provide all the tools you need and is offered at a very reasonable price. Click here to find out about their multi-user packages. If you prefer another editing software, other resources/platforms can be used with minimal adjustments to the teaching.
- Pentium III or higher
- Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7
- DirectX 8 or higher
- Works on Windows 10, XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1
- Works on 64 bit Windows
- Mac OS X 10.5 or above
- Curriculum – Must be with you in every class
- 5 Student Laptops (1 per team of 2)
- 5 LEGO movie sets (1 per team of 2)
- 5 Web cameras
- 1 Teacher Laptop
SUGGESTED FILMING SUPPLIES:
- Background pictures (package includes a starter assortment)
- Poster tack
- Fishing line
- Storyboards (included)
- Stop motion movie examples (included)