Well, after a (very) well-deserved break we are all back to work!
Filming has begun!!!! Rabbi Estrin is working with the grade 5 class and they are all having a great time. One challenge that we are working through is that our camera’s microphone may not pick up voices from across the room. Ironically, the lens is so good that it surpasses the range of the mic. But, we shall persevere and solve this as well. One of the primary goals of this project was to use an innovative approach to bring new life and excitement to the curriculum. In this regard we are certainly seeing results. Some of the students do not even realize that they are learning! Imagine how surprised they will be when they find out.
Meanwhile…back at the Wayne Mansion, I have been tooling around with the Mac applications that we will be using for the film-editing component. It is amazing how even the base level programs that are preloaded on the machine can produce such a nice result. iMovie, does a great job of putting clips together with some nice transition effects. It can also be used to create slideshows much more quickly that PowerPoint or other similar programs. My favorite find to date is iDVD. This program takes movies and/or slideshows and creates professional looking DVD menus for them. It then burns the DVD directly. The result is a VERY quick and very easy GREAT looking product. I used it last week to put together a slide show of pictures of a teachers recent visit to our sister school in Israel. In 45 minutes I had 30 pictures running in a loop with Im Eshkacheich Yerushlayim playing in the background, all with a snazzy looking menu.
Well, back to work. More later…