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Technology being used in an elementary school

Memory Movie Mash Up May 23, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — msmithpds @ 2:32 am

I just presented at my school’s newly revamped Award’s Day program. The heads of the school decided to move away from the awards part of the program and transformed it into a year end celebration. It was pretty neat. First of all it was only for the 3 highest grades at the school. One teacher from each grade presented a 5 minute speech on the fun learning times that they went through. Then graduating class, who were the only ones really given “awards” to, received their recognition. The top two grades, each as a grade, then recognized the students making honor roll. Then I got to show my memory mash up movie. Once the video was done, the graduating class lead everyone in our school’s song, and were then dismissed for their last recess. Everyone clapped as they walked down the aisle. Once they were gone the 5th graders moved into the 6th graders seats, and the 4th graders moved into the 5th graders seat. They were cheering for themselves. šŸ™‚

And now more on the movie and what I did to make it.
Photos: (very time consuming – really need teachers to send pictures throughout the year, but only 1 or 2 of the best for each time they take pictures of an event
1. Collected photos of the students from the website gallery and teachers.
2. Imported and sorted into 1 album in iPhoto.
3. Created a slideshow and timed it. Then I gasped in horror when I realized this was going to be too long. So I then deleted many photos.

1. Created 3 different podcast tracks and individually recorded 4th, 5th, and 6th graders reflecting on their favorite time during the school year. (Used an external microphone, explained to students to speak loud and clear, recorded in a quiet room, stop/started each student to be able to identify the different recordings.)
2. On each recording I inserted chapter markers and labeled them with the memory student reflected on.
3. If memory was stated more than once I picked best reflection and deleted the rest.
4. Removed all mumbles.
5. Removed long pauses.
6. Squashed recordings back into one piece and shared to iTunes.
7. Created memory mash up file in Garageband and imported the 3 different grade level reflections. (one per line)
8. Split each memory back in to individual pieces.
9. Mixed them up so not to have all one grade together.
10. Set 3 different audio volumes, moving LOUD recordings to track with lower volume, quiet recording to high volume, and kept good quality at a medium level.

(At this point I realized how long my audio file was, 7 minutes 22 seconds. My goal was to get 5 to 7 minutes. Next year 10 minutes would be better. The pictures went by too fast.)

I then went to and found a nice instrumental piece to use as background music. I downloaded this to iTunes and then inserted it into Garageband.

11. I had to loop part of the song to stretch it out so that it fit the length of the student’s recordings.
12. With my wonderfully, musically talented husband’s help I changed all vocal tracks to male voice, boosted the bass and added (I believe) reverb. Then he did some magic to the background music – and made it come out of one speaker to really give it a background feel.
13. Messed with some p’s that were to POPPED in the tracks by lowering just that part of the audio track.
14. Exported the final file to iTunes.

Returned to iPhoto:
1. Moved pictures around in a random order, keeping grades not clumped together, and same subjects moved around.
2. Created a slideshow – setting it Dissolve, fit the music, remove Ken Burns (because it could cut of heads), and selected DVD screen. I also set the music to be my song that I had imported into iTunes.

After doing this I had to go back and edit more pictures because my audio repeated.

I then exported my slideshow to a movie, and threw it into Keynote for the final presentation! Here it is on vimeo where I am sharing it so that others may see it and I do not have to deal with families wanting a copy.


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