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Media Literacy Program Plan Overview
The Pleasantville Public Library Teen Center will hold two workshops focused on the evaluation and making of book trailers of the teens’ favorite books. Held in two sessions one week apart, teens (age 13-18) will critically discuss book trailers found on the Internet, both ones that are made professionally and those made by amateurs. After evaluating them, teens will then have a chance to make their own video about their favorite book in the teen collection, using technology found within the Teen Center. A discussion on copyright laws and creative commons resources will include website links to material that is usable for their videos. Afterwards, the videos will be linked to the Teen Center’s website. The first one and a half hour workshop will concern the picking of the book each teen wants to make a video about as well as storyboarding and planning what pictures the video will include. Additionally, book trailers found on the Internet will be shown, with a discussion of what the teens feel works well and what can be improved in their own videos. Further conversation of what the videos are trying to represent will also occur along with a discussion on copyrighted material. The second workshop, also one and a half hours, will entail the students creating their trailers using pictures found in the previous workshop and using library software to edit the videos. Finished videos will be linked to the Teen Department’s website.
Creating book trailers is a great way to introduce the subjects of critical analysis of videos and copyright infringement to teens. Although teens will be learning useful technology skills, they will also become aware of the deeper meanings trailers can have as well as what material on the Internet is legal to use when creating a project. Finally, when the trailers are finished and linked to the library’s website, they can be used as both a marketing tool for another occurance of this program as well as publicity for the library’s collection. This program fits within the Pleasantville Public Library’s Mission Statement to “offer a broad range of resources to engage their imagination, enrich their lives and encourage young readers”. These workshops encourage teens use their imagination and creativity when making their book trailers. They are also offered a variety of resources to complete this task from computer applications to websites to books. Lastly, this program is intended to encourage patrons to continue learning about video editing which could enrich their lives.
The chosen audience for this program is teens between the ages of 13 and 18. They would need to have basic Windows and Internet skills. Knowledge of Windows Movie Maker and video editing software is not needed, as it will be taught during the workshop.
Students will: • Watch and critically examine book trailer videos • Discuss copyrights and creative commons materials • Create video storyboards using their analysis of other videos • Select free images to illustrate the videos • Record the videos and edit using movie making software
Materials, Resources and Procedures
Materials Needed • For Librarian o Links to book trailer videos • For Patrons o Storyboarding Templates and writing utensils • Required Technology o Computers (1 per student) o Movie Making Software (Windows Movie Maker) o Microphones Resources • Links for Librarian o Storyboard Template (http://www.xinsight.ca/tools/storyboard_template_16x9.pdf) o Quick Guide to Windows Movie Maker (http://tiny.cc/zcnxcw) • Book Trailer Websites o Website of Student-Made Book Trailers (http://www.booktrailersforreaders.com/Home+Student+Book+Trailers) o Blog entry of Professional Book Trailers (http://yabibliophile.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/best-book-trailers-out-for-youngadult-books/) • Creative Commons Websites o Creative Commons (http://search.creativecommons.org/) o Jupiterimages (http://www.jupiterimages.com/) o Corbis Images (http://www.corbisimages.com/) • Library books available at the workshops to check out o The Ultimate Field Guide to Digital Video by Richard Olsenius o Capture, Create and Share Digital Movies by Gateway o Web Video: Making it Great, Getting it Noticed by Jennie Bourne o Windows Movie Maker Basics by Jennifer Gipp o Getting StartED with Windows Live Movie Maker by James Floyd Kelly
Kelsey Bates Procedures • The librarian in charge of the workshops will need to be familiar with Windows Movie Maker as well as Creative Commons websites. Familiarity with book trailers and copyright laws is also necessary so that they are able to discuss it with the teens. • Computer lab will need to be reserved for both workshops. Windows Movie Maker should be installed and tried on each computer to verify that it is working correctly. Microphones should also be tested within the Windows Movie Maker application. • Workshops need to be marketed and a sign-up implemented as there is limited space within the computer lab. Teens interested must be able to attend both workshops. • Copies of storyboard template need to be printed for the teens and writing utensils provided. • Include a link from the Teen Center’s website with online resources to Creative Commons websites, video editing tutorials and book trailer websites, so that teens can reference this site when they are done with the workshop. • Collect all relevant books on the subject to have on-hand during the workshop so that teens can check out books to learn more about video editing.
Workshop One (1.5 hours) • Introduction o Talk about how book trailers are used to represent and market a book to a certain audience. • Watch book trailer video examples. o Discussion topics§ What were some of the ways that the students choose to represent the book in the videos (first person, summary, themes, spoilers)? § How do the pictures work within the book trailers? Are they always direct representations of the voice over or do they sometimes signify broader themes? § Who is the audience that the videos are trying to market to? How can the teens tell? § What are some of the best ways that the trailers entice the audience into wanting to read the book? § What book are they going to select? How is the audience that they are going to market the book to? How does this change how they make the video? • Have patrons pick their own book and begin storyboarding it. Use creative commons websites to select royalty-free photographs. o Discussion topics§ Discuss basic copyright laws and how they apply to the Internet. § Have the teens ever seen anyone take material off the Internet and pass it off as their own without giving credit to the original source? § Has anyone ever taken the teens’ material without giving credit? How did they feel about it?
Kelsey Bates § Discuss how it is always best to err on the side of caution when taking images off of the Internet and only use Creative Commons websites.
Workshop Two (1.5 hours) • Give a brief tutorial of Windows Movie Maker, including transitions between pictures, how to record sound and other editing options. • Have patrons upload the pictures that they chose in the previous workshop into Windows Movie Maker. • Once the pictures are in place and the teens have their script, have them record their voice over for the video. • Export the video and have it reviewed for suitable content before posting to the library’s website. • Remind teens that the video making technology at the library is always available for their use if they want to continue making more movies.
Marketing and Promotion Ideas
This project will be marketed on the Teen Center’s social media sites including Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, to promote this program to parents, it will be listed on the Library’s main website as well as be included in the monthly newsletter. Since the program spans two sessions, it is necessary that participants attend both workshops. Also, limited seating is available so sign-up is required for all participants.
These workshops will be evaluated in three ways. First, they will be deemed successful if teens return for the second workshop. This will show that they are interested in the subject and wish to continue learning how to make the videos. Secondly, on a fundamental level, if the teens have a finished video by the end, the workshops would successful in teaching teens to create their own book trailers. Finally, evaluation forms will be given at the end of the second workshop to gather feedback and comments about the program. It will contain questions such as, “Do you feel that you now understand the basics of copyright?” and “Do you now feel comfortable using movie making software?”. There will be a 1-4 scale for each question as well as a comments section.
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