Monday, 27 April 2015

Planning video challenges for CLIL Primary Education in 6 Steps

When planning any kind of e-challenge for learners to rise up to, one must carefully mindmap it and put it forward to them so that they actually know what they are being asked to accomplish, what learning goals are being achieved and what assessment criteria are being taken into account.

This is how the challenge of coming up with educational engaging video clips for CLIL Primary learners has been evisaged at URJC in Madrid, by a bunch of 27 pre-service teachers who are designing digital outcomes of the kind to be incorporated into their own e-publications for their own future CLIL Primary students.

 Step 1. Overview (challenge scenario)

'Imagine that you are selling a movie idea to a director with the hope that he will buy it and take it to the big screen.' 

This is the starting point, the context to trigger off the crafters' imagination (the learners) into setting up a video learning challenge.

 Step 2. Idea (challenge tip)

'Storyboards are the blueprints of any digital video challenge/project/mission/trailer/activity'.

This is the idea to start drafting the challenge.

 Step 3. The challenging question

'Let's create a storyboard and present it to the director'

This is what sets the challenge in motion and makes crafters go for it.

 Step 4. Guiding steps

Now that the crafters have risen to the challenge, it is time to guide them through how to accomplish it:

- Identify what you know about the challenge you are up to, that is, if you know what a storyboard is, and what you don't know about storyboarding, so as to investigate and find out.
- Analyse the challenge scenario, that is in our case, the CLIL e-publications we are designing and are in progress.
- Define the challenge your are facing, that is, how a video challenge can allign and match learning goals and needs within your overall e-publication.
- Design the work plan, that is, team up and discuss about what kind of video challenge you'd like to come up with: characters, background, aims, target audience and so forth.
- Gather and organise information, that is, surf and choose online means for designing the storyboard for your video challenge, investigate about the topic, about the info your are offering in that video challenge, and so forth.
- Develop activity, that is, use the means chosen and go for the design of that storyboard!
- Evaluate, spread the word, share and keep it up!

Step 5. Guiding missions

This is the time for hands-on work, that is, 
- write the storyboard, 
- craft it, 
- evaluate it, 
- improve it, 
- publish it and share it.

 Step 6. Guiding resources

Providing the crafters with curated useful resources for tackling how to plan a video challenge for CLIL Primary Education learners. In this particular challenge, we are mostly working with the Storyboard That free online tool.

And, finally, here you are the digital storyboards the bunch of pre-service teachers have come up with, which are obviously the preface to their actual video challenges, for whose results you should stay tuned and wait!

Meanwhile, all the participants in the #ictclil_urjc Master's Degree 2015 Edition and myself as their middle-lady are looking forward to your feedback about the final storyboards and what you think the evolution into actual video challenges will look like.

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