Course Reflection - FINAL POST :(
Like many great things in life, there are things that are enjoyable and there are things that are less enjoyable. During this the ride through the IDCICT course at Mackenzie, I loved filming the promotional videos for the school. In contrast, I did not fully enjoy setting up all of the 30 netbooks.
Guided with Ms. Cuttle’s, Mrs. Green’s, and our creativity, we decided to have two parts to this project. The parts consisted of filming a short website introductory video along with the feature promotional film. After much research and brainstorming, we have decided to use stop motion for the introductory video and a creative approach to the promotional video itself.
I was instructed to bring my tripod and camera to school one day for the shooting of the stop motion film. The main idea was to take a picture, slightly move the characters, take another picture, and repeat. We took over 600 photos that day and utilized approximately 200 of them in the final introductory video. The final result is astounding. Although we have seen many stop motion movies in the past, this stop motion movie looked as good as the professional films that we see online.
The second part is the promotional video. Unlike other schools, we decided to make our promotional video original and interactive with the viewer him/herself. The ultimate goal of this video is for students to want to spend four years of their lives in our school.
All in all, I loved this entire one month filming experience. Every day that I picked up the heavy camera/tripod set, I ignored the pain on my shoulders and muscles because I felt the small sacrifice of a little pain will yield successful videos that will make a difference to a prospective student’s life. I enjoyed the experience because I felt like I was really a part of something bigger than just a school project. Knowing the school depended on my filming gave me motivation to try harder and endure longer.
If I really had to pick something that I did not enjoy in this course, I’d have to say the experience with the netbook cart team. Whenever my father brings home new technology, I would rush to open the box and set up whatever that box may contain. When we were sitting in circles in the library for the first bit of the course, I remember being very excited to open the boxes containing the netbooks. For the first few netbooks that I set up, I was very excited. But soon enough, all good things must come to an end. I then found netbook setup to be slightly tedious and time consuming. Aside from that, I loved setting up the netbooks and running around the school with the cart. It really made me feel like a unique and important student to the school.
What advice would you give future IDC students? Be specific.
The primary advice I would give to future IDC students is to refrain from slacking off. Throughout this course, I have seen too many instances where procrastination lead to poor results in the work that students’ hand in.
IDC class is a class where students have more freedom to do work on projects and assignments at their own paces. IDC is a class where due dates are not set in concrete (not always) and procrastination is always very tempting. In finer detail, I think students in the future should always use their time more wisely due to the fact that technology fails. There were many instances where technology failed or was too slow. For example, David Jo and I were collaborating for our final ISP. We thought the entire process of filming and editing would take no more than three hours. Little did we know that Sony Vegas actually likes to take its sweet time to render videos and save movies. In the end we did not put our best foot forward due to the time constraints that we had. We slept at approximately four o’ clock in the morning due to the procrastination that took place earlier that day.
Procrastination may happen in every course and possibly everything in life, but I feel many students are more prone to procrastination in the IDC course. Ms. Cuttle is very flexible with due dates in effort to iron out possibilities such as technological failure and students should not take advantage of that.
A teacher is reluctant to invest the time and energy it takes to use more technology. What would you say to this teacher to convince him/her that using technology is worth the effort involved?
To a teacher that is reluctant to invest time and energy into more technology, I would say many things to convince him/her into investing this time. I would first start off with the learning curve involved, then the benefits of integrating technology, and then the surprising simplicity of the programs available today. *I will complete the rest of this question as if I am speaking to the teacher reluctant to invest time and energy him/herself.*
Today, technology is everywhere. Many institutions use technology to their benefit and convenience. However, I understand why you might think technology is not worth the time and effort. Technology comes attached with a learning curve. Depending on the level of skill that you have, learning curves for some programs will be bigger than others. The results from utilizing technology are quite astounding. Once you learn the basics of programs and software, using technology will definitely be worth your time and effort.
There are many benefits of implementing technology into your curriculum. As you may know, technology is our future and technology is literally everywhere. The benefits of implementing technology into your curriculum may include convenience, insurance for your documents, and increased attention span of your students. Students may submit assignments and contact you through a class website or blog. This provides convenience for you and your students as you can access this class gateway through any computer with internet connection. You will never lose your documents again as programs like Google Docs ensures all your documents are safe and secure on their servers linked to only your account. Students will increase their attention span when learning new concepts in class. The lessons will be more interactive and students will be more motivated to learn.
Each and every one of these programs *provide teacher with list of researched programs* that we have previously researched are extremely user-friendly. Once you understand how each program works (most programs are extremely simple to understand), the full potential of technology will be shown to you.
In conclusion, in almost every case, implementing technologies into your curriculum will yield great results for both you and your students. Your time and energy will be worth the end results of implementing technologies into your curriculum.
One of the main differences between this course and many others, besides the lack of tests, is the potential to do more than is expected of you. At any point do you demonstrate superior leadership, involvement or commitment to this course that you would like me to take into consideration when determining your final grade. Please be specific and clear in describing what you did and why it went ‘above and beyond’ the expectations of the course.
For the interest of the success of our promotional video group, I have done what I have been assigned and went beyond. When we were brainstorming, we came across stop motion being a good idea. At first the group was hesitant over whether or not we should do it, but I stepped up and said that it’s doable with the equipment that I have. I volunteered to bring in my camera my tripod, and the tripod ball head. The tripod ball head is an attachment onto the tripod that allows me to lock the tripod in any angle. I was not going to buy this ball head any time soon, but for the interest of the group I decided to spend $120 dollars for the ball head. Of course I did not buy the head entirely for this project, but I was debating whether or not I should get the head.
Another factor that I was thinking about when I volunteered to bring my camera in is that we would be taking hundreds of photos. Each DSLR has a shutter count. Consider a shutter counter as milage in a car. Every shot that I take from my camera counts towards a shutter count and eventually the shutter will give out. For the interest of the success of our group’s ideas, I decided to sacrifice over 600 shutter activations.
The tripod that I volunteered to bring in proved to be useful in the stop motion filming as well as the promotional video process. The tripod that I brought in for the group really played a key role in stability of the camera during the promotional filming process. I believe without the tripod we would have a lot more difficulty in shooting a successful promotional video.
I believe that not only did I do my job well, but I constantly went above and beyond for the interest of our group. I believe I have demonstrated superior leadership, involvement and commitment to this course when compared to others in the class.