Wednesday, October 11, 2017

60-Second PSA - MS Movie Maker (WeVideo) S1 17-18

"There are many different definitions for a public service announcement (PSA) or public service ad, but the simplified version of PSAs are messages in the public interest disseminated by the media without charge, with the objective of raising awareness, changing public attitudes and behaviour towards a social issue."
                                                                                                        - Wikipedia Definition

Over the next few days you will be completing a Public Service Announcement in MS Movie Maker.


Getting Started (from Center For DIGITAL Education Website)
1. Choose your topic. Pick a subject that is important to you, as well as one you can visualize. Keep your focus narrow and to the point. More than one idea confuses your audience, so have one main idea per PSA.

2. Time for some research - you need to know your stuff! Try to get the most current and up to date facts on your topic. Statistics and references can add to a PSA. You want to be convincing and accurate.

3. Consider your audience. Are you targeting parents, teens, teachers or some other social group? Consider your target audience's needs, preferences, as well as the things that might turn them off. They are the ones you want to rally to action. The action suggested by the PSA can be almost anything. It can be spelled out or implied in your PSA, just make sure that message is clear.

4. Grab your audience's attention. You might use visual effects, an emotional response, humor, or surprise to catch your target audience. Be careful, however, of using scare tactics. Attention getters are needed, but they must be carefully selected. For example, when filming a PSA about controlling anger, a glass-framed picture of a family can be shattered on camera. This was dramatic, but not melodramatic. Staging a scene between two angry people to convey the same idea is more difficult to do effectively.

5. Create a script and keep your script to a few simple statements. A 30-second PSA will typically require about 5 to 7 concise assertions. Highlight the major and minor points that you want to make. Be sure the information presented in the PSA is based on up-to-date, accurate research, findings and/or data.

6. Storyboard your script.

7. Film your footage and edit your PSA.

8. Find your audience and get their reaction. How do they respond and is it in the way you expected? Your goal is to call your audience to action. Are they inspired?

Links For Music & Videos (MP4 / MP3)


Music & Sound Effects

PSA Bibliography EMAIL Requirements

You and your partner must send and EMAIL to me ( that has a paragraph about the reason you chose your topic, the names of the two students who worked on your PSA, and the six references that you used to find your facts. The following format must be used:


Subject: PSA Project (Topic of Project)

Body of Email:
  • Students Collaborating: (Me) & (You)
  • Team Name:
  • Topic:
  • Reason For Choosing Topic:
  • References
    • "(Fact 1)". Author, Website/Book/Article/Place Found
    • "(Fact 2)". Author, Website/Book/Article/Place Found
    • "(Fact 3)". Author, Website/Book/Article/Place Found
    • "(Fact 4)". Author, Website/Book/Article/Place Found
    • "(Fact 5)". Author, Website/Book/Article/Place Found
    • "(Fact 6)". Author, Website/Book/Article/Place Found
Grading Is As Follows

The Public Service Announcement must use a minimum of 10 pictures or 2-3 video clips, or a combination of the two.

PSA must be no less than 30-seconds in length and no more than 1:00 minute in length

PSA must have smooth transitions between pictures/videos

PSA must use at least one piece of music. If more, smooth transitions between sound bites

PSA must have at least 6 facts about your topic, and you must EMAIL your source list.

PSA must be published as a movie file (MP4, MOV) and viewable by Media Players

Following is the grading outline:
30 points for neatness (smooth transitions)
40 points for completeness (All items present)
10 points for within time limits
20 points for partner review


ConceptStudent has a clear picture of the message he/she is trying to convey through the PSA.Student has a fairly clear picture of the message he/she is trying to convey through the PSA.Student has brainstormed his/her message, but no clear focus has emerged for the PSA.Student has spent little effort on brainstorming and refining his/her message.
OriginalityPresentation shows considerable originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented in a unique and interesting way.Presentation shows some originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented in an interesting way.Presentation shows an attempt at originality and inventiveness.Presentation is a rehash of other people's ideas and/or graphics and shows very little attempt at original thought.
Use of Graphics and ImagesAll graphics and images are attractive and support the theme/content of the PSA.Most graphics and images are attractive and support the theme/content of the PSA.Some graphics are attractive but a few do not seem to support the theme/content of the PSA.Several graphics are unattractive AND detract from the content of the PSA.
Digital Camera Use
(If Used)
Pictures are high quality. The main subject is in focus, centered, and of an appropriate size compared to other objects in the picture.Pictures are good quality. The main subject is not quite in focus, but is it is clear what the picture is about.Pictures are of marginal quality.The subject is in focus but it is not clear what the picture is about.No picture taken OR picture of poor quality.
Overall EffectivenessProject includes all material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the topic. It is a highly effective PSA.Project includes most material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the topic, but is lacking one or two key elements. It is an effective PSA.Project is missing more than two key elements. It is a slightly effective PSA.Project is lacking several key elements and has inaccuracies that make it an ineffective PSA.

Scholars will be able to use Windows Movie Maker to create a short (30-60 second) Movie “Public Service Announcement”. Scholars will be able to select photos and video clips, choose music, and create a PSA about a topic that is important to them. They will work with a partner to create the PSA.

Project: Each Student will create a PSA using Windows Movie Maker. You must be able to save your work, export your Movie, and upload it to your Google Drive. You will then SHARE your MOVIE file with me for credit. 


Standards Covered In This Class 
PA 3.7.7 & 11 Section C / ISTE 2011
CSTA Tied With Common Core ELA/Math rev. 2011

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Movie Marquis Project - Windows Movie Maker

Have you ever wanted to make a video to post on YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook? With this tutorial, you will be able to add music, transitions and effects to images and video clips in order to make fun videos to share with your friends. You will need to have a Windows computer and it will helpful to already have a folder with images (JPEG) or video clips (MOV), and at least one music (WAV, MP3) file.

Technology Journal Entry (As you enter the room)

09 October 2017, Topic:  My Movie/TV Production Company 
Imagine you are the owner of a movie production studio.  Write the name of your studio and describe what kind of movies you want to make. Tell me how your logo shows off your personality, and the personality of the studio you want to create. What emotions should your viewers see when they see your Video Logo (Movie Marquis)?  What kind of movies does your studio make?  Please write a full paragraph with Topic Sentence, 3 supporting sentences, and a conclusion/wrap-up sentence as a minimum requirement. (R.A.C.E Model: Restate, Answer, Cite Evidence, Explain)

MICROSOFT MOVIE MAKER ( Movie Marquis Project Directions

You will be making a number of movies with Windows Movie Maker during this class. Starting later this week you will work on creating a Public Service Announcement (PSA) with a partner. Start thinking of ideas now so you will be able to pick something for next week.

Watch the following clip on your own to get ideas about your Personal Movie Marquis. This is a short movie clip (10-15 seconds) that you will add to the end of your PSA to "sign" it. The Movie Marquis you are creating should be a reflection of your personality, and is intended to let people know who created the movie it follows. It can be used at the end or the beginning of a movie. I want you to pretend you are creating a Movie Production Studio and give some thought to the kind of movies and messages you would like to support. Be creative and have fun with this project. It can be serious, funny or anything you want it to be. Please make sure you use the clip you created in Soundation for this project. You may find pictures and other video clips online or sign out a camera. I have a limited amount of equipment, so you will have to share.

Please create a Movie Marquis in Windows Movie Maker. It should be 10 to 15 seconds long and use audio, pictures/video, titles and effects. You must create your music for this project with Soundation.

When you have edited the movie and created it, please use the SAVE Movie Function to save the file and the video to the desktop. Upload that file to your Google Drive and share it with me for credit for the project.

Windows Movie Maker Information and Tutorials

WEVIDEO.COM Information and Tutorials
Create an account and SIGN IN on WEVIDEO.COM, 
CLICK on the link for HELP and follow directions.



Step 1: Download or Create Music with Soundation (You must EXPORT your Music as a .WAV file and place it on the Desktop of your Computer.

Step 1A: You may need to use AUDACITY (See Windows Computer) to Load and EXPORT your music file from Soundation. Here is how: 
  • Choose Saved File from Soundation on Desktop. 
  • Open Audacity and DRAG your Music File into the Audacity Workspace 
  • Click FILE and EXPORT as WAV File. 
  • Choose Desktop to save the new file too. Use New WAV file 
Step 2: Find and Download 1-3 Pictures or Images you are interested in using. Place those Images on the Desktop of your Computer.

Step 3: Open Windows Movie Maker or and using the FILE Menu click on NEW PROJECT

Step 4: Name your Project "(Your Last Name) Marquis P(?)" and SAVE it to Desktop.

Step 5: Use the CHOOSE PHOTOS/VIDEO BUTTON to select video/image files to use.

Step 6: Use the CHOOSE MUSIC BUTTON to select the audio file you will use.

Step 7: Use the pointer to place images and pictures in the proper order for the video.

Step 8: Use toolbars to enter TITLES and Text.

Step 9: Use toolbars to add effects and transitions.

Step 10: Save the final file to the DESKTOP.

Step 11: Upload and SHARE your Final Movie Project using Google Drive. 

Grading Rubric 
Within Time Limit = 15 points 
Clear Pictures = 15 points 
Titles = 15 points 
Appropriate Music = 15 points 
Effects / Transitions = 15 points 
GDrive Shared = 15 points 
Creative (Subjective) = 10 points 

Total Score = x/100 points

Here are links to my BIG DADDY PRODUCTIONS 2016 Movies: (FEB)            (SEP)

Enjoy This Project, Be Creative!!

- Mr S.
Students will be able to use Windows Movie Maker to create a short (10-15 second) Movie Marquis (Logo). Students will be given an introduction to Windows Movie Maker today. Before we start with Movie Maker, you will watch a short video about Movie Studio Logo’s. Please complete the Technology Journal Assignment First, then follow all directions listed.

Project: Each Student will create a Movie Marquis using Windows Movie Maker. You must be able to save your work, export your Movie, and upload it to your Google Drive. You will then SHARE your file with me for credit. 


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Integrity (13 Characteristics)

13 Characteristics of People Who Have Integrity

1. They Value Other People's Time: They value their own time so they also value the time of other people. They know you have plenty of other places you need to be and won’t hold you up. If you spend time with them, it is likely they will thank you for that as well.

2. They Give Credit Where It Is Due: They do not take credit for things they did not do. They will always credit those who deserve it. If you help this person with a project he or she will likely mention your name so you can take credit for your work.

3. They Are Authentic: They are their truest forms. You won’t catch them in a lie or being fake.

4. They Are Always Honest: They are honest people that feel no need to lie as it is important for them to get to where they need to get in life honestly.

5. They Never Take Advantage Of Others: They are not the kind of people who will take advantage of someone else. They love to build people up and help them get where they need to be. Taking too much from someone else will never be an issue with someone who has a lot of integrity.

6. The Do Not Argue Over Disagreements: They will talk through things in a civil manner or not talk at all. You cannot and will not force this person into arguing over something completely ridiculous. I find this to be a very respectable trait.

7. They Give Most People The Benefit Of The Doubt: They try to see the good in everyone. I think this is because they feel like maybe there are more people in this world that also have integrity. That being said, if you take advantage of them too much they will get rid of you.

8. They Know When Something Is Bothering Someone: They have a great intuition that lets them know when something is going on. If someone is down in the dumps they will notice. Chances are they will actually do what they can to cheer you up.

9. They Believe In Others: They accept your word as truth until it is dis-proven. That being said, they do not take lying well. And once you lie to them, it is unlikely that they will ever take your word again.

10. They Apologize First: If they have done something wrong they will come to you and apologize. This is just how they are. They own up to their mistake and try to make things right.

11. They Are Humble: They do not quite know their own worth. While they are very important and do so much good they don’t quite see it. You should remind them of it.

12. They Do Good When They Can: They are always helping other people. They love to know that they have improved someone’s life. It gives their lives meaning.

13. They Are Always Kind To Those Who Need It: Giving kindness can go a long way. When someone looks like they need a little pick me up these people deliver. They can brighten up almost anyone’s day.

If you are someone who has true integrity, thank you for being who you are and thank you for all that you do. You really do actually make a difference in society, please keep up the good work. If you feel no one else is proud of you, know that I am.

Journal Entries 2012-2013

1. Introduction (9/10/12 - Weebly Journal)
2. 9/11 Reflection (9/11/12 - Email Instructor)
3. Internet Safety (9/19/12 - Weebly Journal)
4. Violence (9/20/12 - Weebly Journal)
5. Taylor Mali Conviction (9/25/12 Email Instructor)
6. 12x12x12 (10/1/12 - Weebly Journal)
7. Habit #1 Reflection (10-9-12 - Weebly Journal)
8. Habit #2 Reflection (10-24-12 - Weebly Journal)
9. Habit #3 Reflection (11-9-12 - Weebly Journal)
10. Interview a Veteran (11-12-12 - Email Instructor)
11. Digital Photography Reflection (11-19-12 Weebly)
12. Habit #4 Reflection (11-27-12 - Weebly Journal)
13. New Years Resolutions (01-03-12 - Weebly Journal)
14. Habit #5 Reflection (1-9-13 - Weebly Journal)
15. College Inquiry Project Reflection (1-14-13 - Weebly)
16. Habit #6 Reflection (2-6-13 - Weebly)
17. Habit #7 Reflection (2-11-13 - Weebly)
18. Indian Talking Stick (Covey) (2-20-13 Weebly)
19. Historical Figure Reflection (3-4-13 Weebly)
20. Investing vs Gambling Reflection (4-8-13 Weebly)
21. Poverty On My Block (4-15-13 Weebly)
22. Apartment Utility Cost Summary (5-13-13 Weebly)
23. Memorial Day Reflection (5-24-13 Weebly)

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