29 April 2016

Are you ready to meet TIC?

We are Celia González, María Lainez, Cristina Risueño, Estrella García and Gonzalo Montón and we are students at the URJC university in the Master of Bilingual Education. We would like to share a couple of challenges for CLIL Primary students with you.

For this group task, we had to become both writers and film directors! We were requested to create a clip but, first of all, we had to plan what it would be about. Therefore we started to create a storyboard with our main ideas. As the topics we were working with for our CLIL e-project were about the Earth, we decided to create a character based on the universe. What could be better than an alien? Everybody wants to know about life from outer space! That’s how TIC was born, our main character. Can you guess why he is called TIC?

To create our storyboard we chose the web tool Storyboard That. Since the moment we started to use this tool, we were surprised at how amazing the pictures were: backgrounds, characters and different shapes, which allow you to create exactly what you want. What we liked best was the possibility of modifying the position of the main character, which makes the story more real.

However, while using the tool, we discovered that a standard account doesn’t allow you to create a board with more than six scenes. This is why we had to shorten the story. It was not a problem because the final clip will include the whole story. This storyboard is a guideline for the video challenge and it is meant to be a tale the teacher could tell their students at class.

Here you are our storyboard! Are you ready to meet TIC?

Made with Storyboard That

From the storyboard, we brought TIC to live! First, if you want to film a movie you need to write a script so we became writers! Our clip was divided into eleven scenes in which our alien would travel through the Solar System to discover the magic planet. TIC was dying to find it out!

Second, we started to film the scenes, but… We needed an actor! Gonzalo, @gonzaalo10, became TIC thanks to our make-up team!

Then, we were ready to record the video challenge. For this purpose we decided to use the chroma key technique. By using Camtasia and this technique, we could substitute the green background for a picture of our choice. Regarding Camtasia, it seems quite difficult to use at rhe very beginning. However, after practicing with it for a while we discovered all its possibilities. We downloaded the free version with a free trial for 30 days. Thanks to Camtasia, we have learned how to use chroma key and how to organize the video clips, the pictures and the audios in order to get the final video. The only problem we didn´t like about this tool was the fact that, because of the free version, a watermark appeared in our video and the quality of it decreased.

Despite this little problem, the result was fantastic! We created a video in which TIC travels through the Solar system and discovers the Earth and its layers. TIC also has doubts and makes questions during the video in order to encourage participation in our pupils. The teacher could stop the video whenever TIC makes one question to let the pupils answer him. This video can be used to introduce a topic, so the teacher can know about their prior knowledge, or to make a review at the end of the topic.

Hope you enjoy it!

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