Teachers Teaching Teachers #283 Empowering Students with Documentary Filmmaking/George Mayo, Joel Malley, Brian Paccione 2.8.12

Paul Allison was so inspired by George Mayoโ€™s โ€œconversationโ€ at Educon 2.4 the last weekend of January http://educon24.org/conversations/Empowering_Students_Through_Documentary_Filmmaking that we invited him and his filmmaking colleague, Joel Malley to join us for this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers. (Please subscribe: http://teachersteachingteachers.org/?feed=rss2 )teachers283

George and Joel talk about their work with students making student-directed documentaries on self-chosen topics. Scott Shelhart also joins to ask questions from an elementary school teacherโ€™s perspective and to show us a couple of videos made by George’s middle school students and Joel’s high school students.

A video by George Mayo’s students, describing a current project – in the podcast at 21:21

Animal Euthanasia (ROUGH CUT) from mrmayo on Vimeo.

A video by Joel Malley’s students – in the podcast at 38:03

Skateboarding from taylorj roberts 2011 on Vimeo.

Monika Hardy has a few reflections toward the end of this webcast as well. And if that’s not enough, we are also joined by Brian Paccione who will be working with Paul Allison in April on a documentary video project to add to the education videos in the MyBlockNYC project http://myblocknyc.com/#/video/id/424

Brian created this Web site and project with friends and he currently serves as the education director for MyBlockNYC.


Click Read more to see a copy of the chat that was happening during the webcast.

09:39 Paul Allison: Getting ready for tonight’s show.https://plus.google.com/u/0/113993022447291199374/posts/87znvmw885B

09:40 Paul Allison: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113993022447291199374/posts/87znvmw885B

09:48 pgeorge: Hi Paul and all

09:49 pgeorge: seeing the video fine-hearing it too

09:50 pgeorge: when someone talks their image comes up on the screen and you can’t see the video any more (just a bit of feedback)

09:53 pgeorge: yes I’m seeing the video and hearing it

09:53 pgeorge: yes it is for me on Livestream

09:53 pgeorge: yes I’m hearing the video

09:54 pgeorge: yes on Livestream!!

09:55 pgeorge: I guess this chat isn’t being monitored… ๐Ÿ™ I’m talking to myself.

09:56 guest-2312: Hello

09:57 pgeorge: Hi George

09:57 pgeorge: now I’m not alone anymore ๐Ÿ™‚

09:58 pgeorge: but you can mute the audio on the stream and still see the chat

09:59 pgeorge: I’m excited about this topic! student produced documentaries

10:00 pgeorge: the description for tonight’s webcast is here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/113993022447291199374/posts/87znvmw885B

10:01 guest-2125: hello Peggy

10:02 pgeorge: Hi Scott-lonely in here!

10:02 guest-2125: Sorry….I’m working on integrating the chats, but have not figured it out yete

10:02 guest-2125: yet

10:02 pgeorge: no problem. I was hearing and seeing the video fine here.

10:04 pgeorge: http://educon24.org/conversations/Empowering_Students_Through_Documentary_Filmmaking

10:08 pgeorge: http://myblocknyc.com/#/video/id/424

10:09 pgeorge: it’s an amazing site!!!

10:09 guest-2125: I’ll have to check it out after the show. It sounds interesting.

10:09 pgeorge: incredible concept! new way of experiencing NY City with personal stories of people who live there.

10:10 guest-2125: I can see even small towns using something like it to use on their visitor site

10:10 pgeorge: yes don’t click on it now–starts playing music/video as soon as you go to the site

10:10 pgeorge: I agree Scott!

10:10 guest-2125: my town is small (not even a stoplight) Might be a good place to start

10:11 pgeorge: I think the concept would work even for a neighborhood in a small town ๐Ÿ™‚

10:11 pgeorge: it’s like having your own personal tour guide ๐Ÿ™‚

10:11 guest-2125: Yes… subdivisions, apartment buildings….

10:11 pgeorge: exactly!

10:12 pgeorge: great way for students to know that someone is really listening to them!

10:14 pgeorge: yes!!!

10:14 guest-2125: This is a great topic. I’m thinking about how to scale it for elementary kids

10:15 pgeorge: coming up with the essential question is the most important step!

10:16 guest-2125: Yes! the question has to be specific…very specific

10:16 pgeorge: elementary kids could do it around the school and school yard ๐Ÿ™‚

10:17 guest-2125: Executive producer in the classroom. Great title!

10:17 pgeorge: perfect!

10:19 pgeorge: that would give them a powerful topic that they all have something to say about–undocumented immigrants!

10:22 pgeorge: I love this! it really draws out the personal stories as they decide what to video

10:22 guest-2125: (Peggy, check your email later)

10:22 pgeorge: ok ๐Ÿ™‚

10:24 guest-2125: Its interesting how socioeconomic status changes perspectiove

10:25 pgeorge: if they live in the same neighborhood that their parents/grandparents lived in there would be some incredible stories to capture

10:25 pgeorge: definitely Scott!

10:25 pgeorge: I’d love to see the videos!

10:28 pgeorge: video is starting now-can see and hear

10:29 pgeorge: excellent!

10:29 pgeorge: nice message!

10:30 pgeorge: brainstorming a story board?

10:32 pgeorge: they have to learn to look for the “story” in what they see–you can’t just tell them to go out and film “x”

10:34 guest-2328: hello

10:34 guest-2125: hello

10:34 guest-2328: how are you doing?

10:35 pgeorge: Hi mingo

10:36 guest-2328: hello geroge

10:36 guest-2328: how are you doing?

10:36 pgeorge: after they’ve shot it once I’m sure they get an idea about what they wished they had done/said and would like to re-tape it

10:37 pgeorge: these are really great point!

10:37 pgeorge: I’ll bet lots of the students have cell phones that will take videos–even in very low income areas they seem to have them

10:38 guest-2328: well this is my first time in this site

10:38 guest-2328: that`s is new for me

10:39 guest-2328: recently iยดm working in a school

10:40 pgeorge: I agree with him! I have given my 6 year old granddaughter my flip cam at the zoo and it was amazing what she chose to video tape. Not the zoo animals ๐Ÿ™‚

10:42 pgeorge: @mingo-this is an unusual experience because the people talking on the camera in google hangout are not seeing this chat. I am watching them in Livestream and typing in the chat here. Scott is in both the hangout and here in the chat.

10:43 guest-2328: now iยดm watching the video

10:43 pgeorge: I can’t wait to really explore his website! It looks amazing!

10:43 guest-2328: yes i know

10:44 pgeorge: Brian’s input has been fantastic!

10:44 guest-2125: Yes! I’m looking forward to reading the curriculum

10:45 pgeorge: what makes a person an expert??? I think anyone who has a story to tell about the neighborhood would be an expert

10:46 guest-2125: The view from my window…… good title for a movie

10:46 guest-2328: where are you from george?

10:46 pgeorge: exactly! love it!

10:48 pgeorge: great examples of experts to skype in!

10:49 pgeorge: people are very willing to be skyped in because they don’t have to drive anywhere and can do it for a short time from wherever they are

10:50 pgeorge: the students want to do a good job because they’re talking to very important people ๐Ÿ™‚

10:51 pgeorge: @mingo-were you asking me where I’m from? I’m in Phoenix AZ

10:51 guest-2328: it was sim ple question

10:54 pgeorge: his smile tells it all ๐Ÿ™‚ he’s passionate about this topic!

10:55 pgeorge: fun credits!

10:55 pgeorge: very interesting point!

10:56 pgeorge: when something in school allows them to follow their passions (ala Monika Hardy) they will find value in school

10:58 pgeorge: yes! valuing the student as creator can be transformative!! I agree

10:59 pgeorge: they all have students producing video ๐Ÿ™‚

10:59 guest-2328: in fact when they found something that is learned in the school and this used in their social practice

10:59 pgeorge: yes @mingo!! so true

11:01 guest-2125: http://myblocknyc.com/#/video/id/424

11:02 pgeorge: really interesting conversation! learned a lot!

11:04 pgeorge: what inspiring teachers!! thanks to everyone for sharing!

11:04 guest-2323: Loved this conversation

11:04 guest-2323: sorry not to have been more in the chat earlier

11:04 pgeorge: Hi Paul

11:04 guest-2323: Hi!

11:04 pgeorge: no problem!

11:04 guest-2328: hello paul

11:04 guest-2323: was chatting to myself in the livestream chat, mistakenly :0

11:05 guest-2323: ๐Ÿ™‚

11:05 guest-2323: night all!

11:05 pgeorge: that’s what I was doing for the first 20 min in this chat–talking to myself

11:05 pgeorge: good night Paul

11:05 guest-2125: good night.

11:05 pgeorge: bye Scott

11:06 guest-2328: ok guys i have to go now bye

11:06 guest-2328: see you later

11:06 guest-2328: take care

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