Multimedia & Social Innovation
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9 Sentence Story

The Multimedia & Social Innovation module encourages students to explore the topic of social innovation using multimedia as a tool to influence change in their communities.

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This lesson is a good way for students to throw themselves into the production process and get an overall sense of how all of the elements involved in a production can result in a short media piece. This lesson can be as simple or as complex as you wish. As suggested at the teacher training, your class could do the theory and filming in class and then use this material to form the basis for an editing workshop the following week, with help from a DCU mentor and DCU laptops.

Lesson Goals

Give students a sense of how all the elements of production, when put together, form a short movie / media piece.

Practice making a very short 40 second video clip

Help students begin the brainstorming process

Develop story telling techniques


9 Sentence Story Handout

Some blank paper / markers & pens for students to brainstorm on

Smart / iPhone to film and record voices on (if this is the option you choose)

Laptops – for the editing part, enabling students to piece their video together

Lesson Plan

Recap on the Production Process – Brainstorming / Script Writing / Story boarding / ┬áResearching images or Filming short clips / Editing / Critical Review

Part 1

Allow student to work alone or in pairs for this exercise. Explain that they must tell a story in no more than 9 sentences. The topic can be discussed and chosen as a group or they can come up with a topic themselves. Linking it in with something in the school or another school subject might be useful. Some ideas might be the following:

Where I went on holiday

What my first day in college might look like

A tour of School

What my first day in a new job might look like

An interview with someone about their career

Famous people in history

An important event in their life – Birthday / Football Game / Exam

Keep the theme to something they are interested in. It will be their first challenge to think of a story idea themselves. A group brainstorm on a theme could be a good idea, using the blank pages – or you may prefer to skip this stage.

Once the students have an idea, give them the handout to write their 9 sentences on. They must use all 9 sentences but should not go over.

When they have their 9 sentences, they can then create a storyboard and map out 9 clips or images they will need for their video.

Students should also aim to record themselves (or each other) telling the story. This file can then be added to the video at the editing stage.

If you have access to a computer lab, students can search for images online and save them to a folder in their google drive. They can then use these images when they are editing.

Part 2

The clips now need to be pieced together to form a short video. Voice overs can also be added to enhance the short clip. This can be done at an editing workshop in DCU or a mentor can come to the school for a double class – just book us in well in advance.

When all the media pieces are edited together, students have their first mini video completed. This should give them a sense of the overall process and how they start with an idea and end with a finished video.