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Check out additional Tutorials we've  added recently
Check out the new Digital Story Site added 12/12/2006
and Media that Matters added 1/5/07

   If movie doesn't start, download the newest version of Windows Media Player
For a QuickTime version of the movie, click here: Good Readers.

Good Readers, a movie produced by first Graders from April Payne's class at Highland Ranch Elementary school was awarded 1st Place in the elementary division of the 2003 iVie Awards Competition, sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Education. Good Readers also won the People's Choice award in the Elementary Category. You can view the awards ceremony and see a list of other Poway award-winning movies at the iVIE site. (The introduction to the ceremony includes highlights from interviews with the Highland Ranch first graders about all they learned while producing their outstanding project.) If the movie above doesn't play automatically after loading, be sure to download the newest version of Windows Media Player .

These amazing first graders created this movie to teach everyone what great readers do. Students were broken into teams that each had a cinematographer, a director, and a spokesperson.  Each student had an opportunity to try each role.  As the week progressed they all wrote scripts highlighting six strategies of great readers. Next they memorized their lines, practiced speaking loudly and clearly, filmed scenes, and then edited the footage with Pinnacle Studio DV 8. The following week, they were ready to view the finished product!  Not only are these students great readers, they are also great filmmakers. (The current [January 2005] district standard is Pinnacle Studio 9 Plus )

Since creating this movie, Mrs. Payne has noticed the students are far more aware of the strategies good readers use and apply them readily as they read new materials. Making this movie helped students "see" the strategies through a new visual filter. Evidently it was just what they needed to help the strategies stick!  We discovered that kids are more comfortable with the new technologies than most adults are!

April's 2003-2004 class of first graders tackled the challenging subject of learning to tell time in their newest release, The Time Team

To view Behind the Scenes, a movie created by April to share the process of teaching with video, click on the title.

" We already knew that kids learned computer technology more easily than adults.  What we're seeing now is that they don't even need to be taught.  It is as if children were waiting all these centuries for someone to invent their native language."

--Jaron Lanier

For information that will help you use video editing to improve learning in your class, you may want to check out the following links.    

2006-2007 TLC

Summer Sessions:

After School Sessions:


July 24-28 (Mon. to Fri.)
8:30am -12:30 pm

November 2, 4-6:30 pm

January 30th, 4-6:30 pm

March 20, 4-6:30 pm

Books For Kids

Books on Filmmaking with Kids compiled by Mrs. Payne

For a list of books that will prepare you and your students to tackle the world of filmmaking in the classroom, click on the link to the left.


Using Video Editing in the Classroom

Video Project Masters by Mrs. Payne (Written for her First Grade Video Production Project)

This link will take you to PDF files you can print for all the planning sheets and role assignments that Mrs. Payne created for class video editing projects.

American Film Institute of Hollywood

The American Film Institute (AFI) of Hollywood has amazing resources to help teachers and students maximize learning through the production of high quality movies. Their resources are powerful!

Making Movies: A Guide for Young Filmmakers by the Director's Guild of America

At this site you can actually print an outstanding book that explains the art of filmmaking for students. You'll find the links for each chapter on the lower left sidebar of the page.

Video in the Classroom: Closing the Achievement Gap through Video Production

Matthew Needleman teaches in the LAUSD and has produced many sites that support teachers as they use technology to improve instruction.

VC2 (Video Created Content)

Learn about video production from the experts!  You'll find great resources here on every aspect of creating your video.

The Director in the Classroom

Nikos Theodosakis has a great site that helps teachers learn to use video editing tools for student learning projects.

e-School News Video Resource Center

This site will keep you updated on all the current resources and best practices using video-production in the classroom. It also has excellent lists of contests available to educators using video tools in the classroom.

KQED Public Broadcasting Educator's Page

KQED's website devotes a section to video production in the classroom and provides tips from experts in the field. They also sponsor the Coming to California Contest that has a category for video entries.

Current Journalism Standards

Current Journalism standards from the Current TV website

The Project Based Learning Multi-media Guide for Using Video

This site is filled with VALUABLE information: glossaries, filming and sound tips, editing tips, and especially critical information to help students use video tools effectively. (Ex: What to do before, during and after an interview.


Sample Storyboards

This is a great list of links to sample storyboards!

Lee's Summit R7 School District in Missouri has an excellent site listing links to resources in every area of Educational Technology including the Storyboarding link to the left.

Links to Free Music, Photos, and Video Clips

Image and Photo Sites Havena Marks (Adobe Bluffs) has compiled an extensive list of sites that have photos and images that can be used by educators

Free Resources from
The Director in the Classroom Site


The Director in the classroom site has compiled links to free resources for sound effects and music, photos and images, and video clips.

For Royalty Free Music

The iVIE award website from SDCOE has a good list of royalty free music sites and a list of great software produce your own background music for your video. (Scroll to the bottom of the page)
The Library of Congress American Memory Project You can search by time period in history or by subject to find amazing historical photos.
Library of Congress Digital Image and Photo Archive Library of Congress access to digital image and photo archive. Some are NOT public domain. 
NASA Multimedia Art Gallery

NASA still images, audio files and video generally are not copyrighted. You may use NASA imagery, video and audio material for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits and Internet Web pages. This general permission extends to personal Web pages.

The Smithsonian Office of Imaging and Photographic Services: "Use this site to locate Smithsonian photographs of interest to you. They are available to download for your personal use, and for use by schools and students. "
The Geo Images Project "The Geo-Images Project attempts to make images that are useful in teaching geography more widely available using computers and the internet.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Online Digital Media Library

Presently, the US Fish and Wildlife library system contains the National Image Library--the Service's collection of public domain still photos.

Berkeley Digital Library Photo Collection More than 80,000 photos, mostly of plants, animals, people and landscapes.
Digital Librarian A large collection of alphabetized image collections
Online Archive of California The OAC is a digital information resource that facilitates and provides access to materials such as manuscripts, photographs, and works of art held in libraries, museums,
Pictures Now "A Visual Encyclopedia of FREE still and Video Images.Search and Browse through one of the Webs largest free collections of Images on nearly every popular subject."


Copyright Guidelines

NACS Q & A's on Copyright For the most current information on copyright issues for the educational community, visit this site. 11/2006

Copyright Issues for Educators

Copyright Guidelines from iVie

Stacey Campo has worked with SDCOE to gather the best resources to understand all the copyright issues that apply to using music, video, and photos in your video production.


Curriculum Video Ideas and Galleries

Media that Matters
Film Festival

Apple - Digital Hub for Education

Apple - Gallery of Curriculum Ideas for Social Studies

Gallery of Winning Video Samplers for Learning


Pinnacle - Producing Movie Documentaries (Teacher Manual)

 Pinnacle - Producing Movie Documentaries (Student Manual)

Pinnacle: Documentaries with Pan and Zoom

Pinnacle: Sending Students to faraway lands using Chroma Key and Green Screen

iVIE 2004 Winners

iVIE 2003 Winners

Taking it to the Streets Sample Lesson by Randy Yerrick


This gallery of videos fit the title well: Media that Matters!Check out "A Girl Like Me"

Click on the Digital Hub at the left and choose links from the iLife lesson plans for Social Studies, Science, Math, Language Arts or other topics. The second link goes directly to Social Studies.

The third link has all the winning videos from the iLife Educator's Award contest.

Pinnacle has lesson plans to help you create a Documentary with your students. You'll find a teacher's manual and student manual and additional helps on the four links to the left.




The San Diego County Office of Ed sponsors the iVIE awards each year, Academy Awards for teacher and student-created video. Poway has created several winning videos. Check them out at these links.

Students at Turtleback Elementary had the privilege of doing this same unit with Randy.


Rubrics for Video Production

PDF List of Rubrics

Havena Marks compiled this list of web links to rubrics for Video Production

iVIE Rubric

This is the rubric used for the iVIE awards sponsored by SDCOE each year.

Rubric from University of Wisconsin, Joan Vandervelde

This is a very detailed rubric for upper grades (For a PDF of Joan Vandervelde's Rubric)

Ed Tech Resources Digital Video Project Rubric

This rubric addresses eight elements of video production in a one page rubric

Video Rubric from Nuuanu Elementary School in Hawaii

This is a good intermediate level rubric

Rubric for Video Production

Rubric for Public Service Announcement

Rubrics from Regina Public Schools in Canada


Digital Storytelling Galleries

Digital Stories from Scott County Schools in Georgetown, Kentucky

The Coming to California Contest Home Page

2005 Winners

2004 Winners

Four Stages of Digital Storytelling

University of Houston: Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling

Center for Digital Storytelling

Center for Digital Storytelling Resource Links

Students from all grade levels in the Scott County District share their digital stories at this great site.

These sites all highlight the power of video production harnessed for Digital Storytelling.

Check out the short descriptions of the four stages of digital storytelling to help your students create their own stories.

The University of Houston has a great gallery of videos by students, teachers, and professors.

You can find excellent resources to help your students learn to tell their stories at the Center for Digital Storytelling.


iVIE Resources and Links

SDCOE iVIE (Innovative Video in Education)  Digital Video Resources

iVie Rubric

General iVIE Information

Rules and Guidelines for iVIE entries

Copyright Guidelines from iVie

You'll find great information for integrating video with your curriculum and planning a video project. 

The detailed technical information on compression, sound, settings and other critical issues is outstanding as well.




Check out these Studio 9
and 10 How-to video clips by Paul Holtz


Create advanced DVD menus Tutorial by Pinnacle

Tips for Creating Your Credits Screen


Tips for creating
Great Transitions

Advanced Video Techniques for Picture in Picture by Pinnacle


Past-Present Tip from Pinnacle Studio



This is a page of many "How-to: videos that teach beginning and advanced skills using Pinnacle. Start with 36. 

Pinnacle Studio offers a great online video that teaches you how create a personalized DVD menu

This tutorial steps you through the process for creating professional credits for your movies

This is a GREAT tutorial filled with tips for how to use the transitions in Pinnacle more professionally

This great tutorial video teaches you how to use video overlays, picture in picture, and transparent videos in Pinnacle.

Check out this great tip from Pinnacle Studio for how to move your scene from the past to the present...visually speaking:)


The following tutorials are by Jeff Bierly, our educational rep and Suzan Yentema, our product rep for Pinnacle products.  You can't view them at your site because they are on YouTube. Try the links from your home computer:



Volkswagen and Scholastic Public Service Announcement: "Drivers Wanted."


California Student Media and Multimedia Film Festival


iVie Awards

  Current TV

Visit the link at the left for a full list of great resources, persuasive writing lessons, and printable storyboard templates. The contest portion was over May of 2005. But the tools and resources are so valuable that we'll leave the link for a while:)

The California Student Media and Multimedia Film Festival is the nation's oldest festival for student work. This site also has links to MANY helpful resources.

Detailed information about entering the SDCOE video project contest.

"The TV network created by the people who watch it."


Pinnacle Helps

See Training Resources listed in the sidebar on Pinnacle's Education Page

Atomic Learning Studio Plus Beginner

Atomic Learning Studio Plus Advanced

Studio 9 Plus Tutorials

Creating a DVD Menu in Pinnacle

DVD Menus in Studio 9 and 10

The Pinnacle Editing Desktop

This link is for a quick-start sheet that identifies all the tools on Pinnacle's desktop.

The Video Editing Window

This link is for a quick-start sheet of all the video editing tools in Pinnacle.

The Audio Editing Window

This link is for a quick-start sheet of all the audio editing tools in Pinnacle.

For Pinnacle's Support Knowledge Base

To get help on any unusual questions you may have while using Pinnacle click on the link at the left.

Pinnacle - Producing Movie Documentaries (Teacher Manual)

 Pinnacle - Producing Movie Documentaries (Student Manual)

Pinnacle: Documentaries with Pan and Zoom

Pinnacle: Sending Students to faraway lands using Chroma Key and Green Screen

Here are some links to the educational support materials on Pinnacle's website.


Green Screen (Chroma Key) Support

Pinnacle: Sending Students to faraway lands using Chroma Key and Green Screen

Building Your Own Green Screen Background

Follow the directions to the left to build your own green screen for under 20.00.

General Video Hardware and Software Support

The RAD Video Tools (for converting Video to AVI files)
Includes Bink and Smacker

This great little program will let you convert Quicktime files or Windows Media Files files from your digital (still) camera to a format you can import to Pinnacle! You can also use it to convert downloaded United Streaming files (only those with the clapboard!) to Pinnacle for student projects


Audacity is a great, free, open source software for recording and editing sounds to add to your videos or slide shows. You can download it for free at this link:
Audio Converter/ Audio Grabber Download this program for free and use it to convert any of 16 types of audio files to wav files to use in Pinnacle.

Be sure to download this update for Smartsound Quicktracks Plugin first!

Videography for Educators


This Apple site provides excellent tips for each step of creating a digital video project.


This is an incredibly VALUABLE site to answer all your questions about equipment, compatibility, and general troubleshooting!

District Standards and Tips

District standards for video editing software, cameras, and tips.

Quicktime and SmartSound Conflict

There is a known issue of incompatibility with the newest version of Quicktime and SmartSound.  This link takes you to an update: SmartSound Solution.


 Edited on: 09/02/2008 by Linda Foote
Instructional Curriculum Specialists
Poway Unified School District
ŠJune 2002