Digital CPR: Bring Your Reading Series to Life with Video Podcasting


 Digital CPR: Bring Your Reading Series to Life with Video Podcasting (Needleman, Mathew) – The CUE Community

Description: Bring your students into the 21st Century with six fun and easy standards-based video podcasts to motivate even those reluctant learners.Starts out with a DARLING movie (with lots of great demonstration of knowledge) about Camouflage by second graders.

How to align multimedia and technology to the reading program we have (are stuck with). So he used filmmaking.

GOALS for preso you will have 9 ideas for integrating video into curriculum and language arts standards. He uses Open Court, but this is not just for that program, it’s about making it meaningful.

1. Public Service Announcement/Commercial (commercial for sugray cereal, commerical to go west, with that unit in fifth grade)

2. Music videos (need we discuss why this would be interesting (the creation of film helps them better understand and retain material)

3. Move away from retell of the story, do pre-quel, sequel. This will also help with copyright issues if you are posting on the internet.

4. Use it for research and inquiry

5. Personal narratives They need to be able to choose their topics.

6. Illustrate a process

7. Genre pictures (star wars, detective fiction, the unit genre)

8. Clay animation (I would include any stop action, whatever the item being manipulated), Pixie is an animation program to use. Comic Life is a nice cross-platform program.

9. Student Choice…


  • Meets all learners (multiple intelligences)
    Higher level thinking. Vocabulary is high, but the questions in publishers assessments are generally at recall level.
    Student engagement; they can’t learn if they aren’t paying attention (Jonathan hated to write, but would write a movie script).
  • Media literacy, more depth of understanding the elements of media than in slide shows.
  • Economically disadvantaged students have computers in school, but it’s for rote activites, while richer students create content. This exacerbates the differences in student knowledge/intelligence that occur between

Management is a big consideration. You need a plan. You will not get higher order thinking without allowing some independence. Giving ODD kids responsibility is a great intervention before they become a big problem.

Show how it ties into the Unite theme, the standard, and have a good objective. When you have that it all fits. Choose the tool that fits for you and the project/objective. What’s the assessment. Don’t necessarily clean up the script, etc. because it’s an assessment.

The end was discussion about more technical aspects. Copyright is a consideration when you are posting, so be aware.

Further resources are at:

Video in the — Integrating Video Production in the Elementary Classroom and Beyond

  • Matthew’s Website on video in the classroom, with examples and resources. He has a video in the classroom blog carnival.
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“Digital CPR: Bring Your Reading Series to Life with Video Podcasting”

  1. March 7th, 2008 at 10:21 pm      Reply Mathew Says:

    It was good to meet you in person. Thank you for coming and for blogging about the session. I look forward to following up on your It’s Elementary Show Monday.

  2. March 8th, 2008 at 12:05 am      Reply alicemercer Says:

    Thank YOU Mathew, and thanks for reminding readers that you will be on It’s Elementary on Monday @ 4 p.m. PDT to discuss film making in the classroom.

    I’m going to do a summary about the Friday conferences in the next few days, with my takeaways, etc. Here’s a preview on your session. The strength of this session was that it covered how to structure projects to make them successful. It was not about the tools and software, but instead about the classroom management and the planning for instruction. It was fantastic and really got folks thinking.

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