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Lights, Camera, Action! Video Production and the 4 C's

Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 23

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Monday, June 25, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 23

Jennifer Hall   Pam Inabinett  
See how video production can encourage student engagement and increase student achievement. You'll learn how filmmaking addresses the 4 C’s and get ideas for implementing your own film projects, from documentaries to stop motion.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Communication and collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences emphasizing creativity, higher-order thinking skills and processes, and mental habits of mind (such as critical thinking, metacognition and self-regulation).
For Educators:
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Many teachers rely on the consumption of media to facilitate these skills but students today are ready to take on the challenge of creating their own media using the 21st Century 4 C’s of Communication, Collaboration, Creativity & Critical Thinking. In our session, we will examine the “why” for video production as a tool for future ready learning. Imagine a classroom where students are given a target audience to communicate an idea to and must collaborate with their peers and/or other stakeholders to create a video product of their choice. These skills are reinforced throughout production as students must also use critical thinking skills to edit and negotiate between clips that are necessary for their message or enhance the overall production.

Attendees in our session will follow along with student chronicles as the production process unfolds. We will provide student testimonials and examples as we discuss innovative ways to bring the 4Cs into any classroom. Attendees will also gain access to dozens of project outlines, rubrics, tools, and resources that they can take back to their schools and begin meaningful productions tied to Common Core standards.
Most importantly, attendees will learn strategies that reinforce the process of giving feedback and reflecting on student work. As facilitators, we encourage our students by conferencing throughout the video production process and have found that how we give students feedback is critical to their level of engagement and growth. Attendees will experience first hand ideas for implementing feedback loops within their own classrooms.


Our session will be filled with testimonials and documented clips from the our personal experiences implementing the 4Cs to ensure our audience feels the level of student engagement. Attendees will also be given access to many resources we find invaluable to the success of our implementation such as the Film Project Survey, a comprehensive list of tools, resources, and equipment. Ideas for video projects that break from the norm will include green screens, stop motion, promotional videos, vidcast series, and many more. We will also highlight the ways we facilitate Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking using research based methods throughout the production process. Attendees will leave our session with a tool-box of production resources and ideas from green screen and stop motion videos to documentaries and public services announcements to begin their own path to higher student engagement and the 4Cs.

Welcome/Back Channel (5 min.)

Film Project Survey (5 min)

Essential & Optional Equipment (5 min)

Filmmaking and the 21st Century 4 C’s (10 min)
Critical Thinking

Tools & Resources - Analyze tools, resources and methods used to implement a student film project (10 min)

Examples of student created films (15 min)

Closing/Q & A (5 min)

Supporting research

Holz, Susannah. “Video: A New Way to Teach the 4Cs.”NEO BLOG, NEO, 26 Sept. 2017,

Xiang, Catherine Hua. Cases on Audio-Visual Media in Language Education. IGI Global, Information Science Reference (an Imprint of IGI Global), 2017.

Darling-Hammond, Linda, Molly B. Zielezinski, and Shelley Goldman. "Using technology to support at-risk students’ learning." Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. Online https://edpolicy. stanford. edu/publications/pubs/1241 (2014).

Puckett, Cody. "Exploring the Relationship between Student Filmmaking Projects and Motivation Levels in a History Classroom." Studies in Teaching 2015 Research Digest (2015): 91.

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Jennifer Hall, Atlanta Public Schools

Jennifer Hall has been an educator more than twenty years and currently serves as an Educational Technology Specialist for Atlanta Public Schools. As National Board Certified Teacher, she has seventeen years of middle school classroom experience. She holds both a bachelor's and master’s degree from Florida State University. Her expertise includes technology integration, gifted education, project-based learning, curriculum writing, digital resources, Web 2.0 tools, video production, and professional development. She is passionate about all things #edtech and has a website with resources for teachers, You can find her on Twitter at @apsitjen

Pam Inabinett, Newington Elementary School

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