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Take Digital Storytelling to New Heights With Drone Videography

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Tuesday, June 25, 1:45–2:45 pm
Location: Room 111

Presentation 1 of 2
Other presentations:
Creative Coding and Storytelling

John Greth   JR Renna  
Learn how to get a drone videography program off the ground in your school. Help students learn safe and responsible flight practices to add epic perspectives to their digital stories while earning their wings with a competency-based approach.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Performing/visual arts
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Excellence in Professional Practice
  • Promote and model effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders using digital age tools.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Learners will:

- Understand how drone videography supports learner agency, voice and choice, authentic projects, the 4 C's, and digital citizenship
- Learn about innovative career opportunities, both obvious and surprising, that these skills open up
- Consider the cultural, financial, and procedural elements of a successful drone videography program
- Learn safety considerations, and the best practices of flying in the DJI drone platform.
- Understand the somewhat fluid legal context that an emerging technology such as drone flight operates in
- See how they can apply online, competency based approaches that integrate badging and collaboration to highlight success
- Consider equipment and accessory specifications, and how growth mindset informed our process
- View successful example student products (more to be added to slides during the year)


As per slides (to be added to throughout the year as program grows) -

Introductions/about Parkland/PR21 values - 5 minutes
Drone career opportunities that connect to those values - 5 minutes
Policy & Procedure - 10 minutes
Instructional delivery model / competency based - 10 minutes
Equipment considerations / best practices - 10 minutes
Questions/Discussion (may be distributed throughout) - 10 minutes

Peer interaction / discussion will be encouraged. Audience participation via NearPod.

Supporting research

Drones in Education - ISTE Publication

Hacking Leadership - Joe Sanfelippo & Tony Sinanis

Drones Take Off in Education - THE Journal

10 UAV Jobs of the Future

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John Greth, Parkland School District
JR Renna, Parkland SD

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