Multimedia & Social Innovation
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Filming on a Smart Device

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 week students will be enabled to record quality images and footage on a smart device and give some tips on how to get the best quality possible. This lesson is more useful to class groups completing the module over a year.

Lesson Goals

To give students confidence filming on their smart devices to ensure the best quality possible. Students will also use their writing skills to explain a very short story in 9 sentences. They will then tell this story using 9 clips of footage and audio.


AV in Classroom

Smart Devices – this can include tablets, iPads, iPhones or Smart Phones

Connecting cable for the device to upload images/footage to another computer

WiFi Access

Lesson Plan

Before starting this class, please check your Acceptable Use policy in the school around using phones in the Classroom. Every school is different. It would be advisable to agree in advance of any lesson where a phone or iPad is in use, the guidelines around how the device will be used. It may be necessary to make parents aware in advance of the lesson also, depending on the policy in place.

Show the 101 Video about filming on a Smart Device. The most important thing to remember when using your device is to film sideways in landscape as portrait will not work well and will leave students with thick black spaces on each side of their video clip.

Access to a tripod will ensure that the footage is more watchable as it reduces the shake on the camera. Student could improvice and use a selfie stick of some description or tripods can be borrowed from DCU.

The presentation explains the different ways the students should hold the camera and the different movements involved.

Set the students a short challenge to gather quality footage during the class. They must write a short story using 9 sentences. As this lesson will be classroom or school based, it is important to theme the story around something they could film. Some examples might be, a short tour of the school, what events are happening in TY, a story about someone in the class, an initiative that is taking place in the school. Get the students to use their imagination. Even though it is confined to the classroom/school, they can still be creative with this exercise. They should work in pairs. The main thing is that the story must make complete sense. It is a challenge to tell the story in only 9 sentences.

Students should map out their short story on a very basic storyboard. Then ask the students to record their audio on their device as the first step. This will be the most straight forward way to produce their short recording. The video below demonstrates different ways of using their phone or device to record audio. After the audio is recorded the students then film 9 short clips to match their story. Once they have this done, DCU can pay a visit with laptops to do an editing class with them, as they will have footage to use.