Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Reflections on the Photography and Storyboard performance tasks...

Do give a short statement on ONE key reflection or learning point that you had while doing the storyboarding assignment. Include your reflection in the 'Comments' section of this post.

Comments on your classmates' storyboards...

Please use the 'Comments' section in this blog post to comment on your classmates' presentation and presentation boards.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Using Photography to tell a story

In this exercise, you would be pairing up with another classmate to do up a storyboard-cum-comic strip that would enable you to communicate your intended idea or messaging to a general audience. These are the activities that you would need to do:
  1. Develop a story idea for your comic strip. Just write down, in 1 paragraph the basic idea of your story. Be mindful of the theme that you and your classmate have in mind, as it must also be appropriate to the toys that you have brought to class. Some examples of universal themes that you might want to consider are LOVE, INNOVATION and TRAGEDY.
  2. By dividing each of your sketchbook page into 4 separate boxes, produce a storyboard of between 4 to 8 scenes (boxes) that would help you to tell your story. Take note of the types of shots that you and your classmate would be taking. I will explain concepts like CLOSE-UP SHOTS, MID-SHOTS, LONG SHOTS and PANORAMIC SHOTS during my class
  3. Once I have approved your story, you can start to take your pictures of your scenes. With thorough planning, you should be able to finish this part in 30 to 40 minutes
  4. Using the Storyboard template in Pages, work on developing and including your selected relevant pictures to tell your story. You might want to include Title Scene, Concluding Scene, Dialogue Boxes and Story Boxes in your storyboards to help  you to tell your story.
  5. For submission, you and your classmate will need to submit these:
    • The Pages storyboard document. Below is a sample picture of what you need to fill up in the template (the first 2 scenes/shots have been done for you as reference). Please rename your file as: 108_Storyboard-TanAhSeng+LimAhLeng
    • Pass the selected pictures to me so that I may upload them later for you
  6. DEADLINE: By next Tuesday, 8th March 2011
    Sample storyboard (incomplete); the first 2 scenes/shots have been done as reference

    Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    Environmental Challenge: Developing Essential & Guiding Questions

    As a team, continue working on your Environment Journal to complete the following tasks:
    1. List about 3 or more questions that your team have deemed to be important that needs to be uncovered, based on your previous works on your concepts maps and research
    2. Rank these questions, and identify the ONE Essential Question that your team would like to highlight as a good challenge to uncover in your research. The notes at the bottom of this blog post are some guides to what is defined as an Essential Question (EQ).
    3. From the selected EQ, work on developing a few (3 to 6) Guiding Questions (GQ) that would help you in your research further.
    I would explain further on the work required in class later.

    Notes on EQ:
    A question is essential when it: 
    1. causes genuine and relevant inquiry into the big ideas and core content;
    2. provokes deep thought, lively discussion, sustained inquiry, and new understanding as well as more questions;
    3. requires students to consider alternatives, weigh evidence, support their ideas, and justify their answers;
    4. stimulates vital, on-going rethinking of big ideas, assumptions, and prior lessons;
    5. sparks meaningful connections with prior learning and personal experiences;
    6. naturally recurs, creating opportunities for transfer to other situations and subjects.