This lesson will explore documentary conventions and representations of realism in moving image products. This will allow students to learn the necessary visual language needed to tell a story within this form, but will also enable them to understand the selection process involved in telling a story, even if it is based on real events or people.
How do journalists get all their information to write news and feature stories? This lesson explores the role of journalists and invites students to consider the challenges that may come with the profession. More focus is placed on feature stories, and person-to-person interviews, and the aim is to enable students to plan their own individual interviews, develop their own question set and conduct an interview with another person.
After you conduct an interview, how do you select how to structure and frame your story out of all of the possible details you have collected? Choosing what type of story to tell, is the first step to structuring your information into a narrative that places the person you have interviewed at the center. This lesson allows students to explore different lenses through which they can focus a story.
How do you take a story from an idea to a fully realized digital story? Understanding the different aspects of digital stories is important in determining the necessary steps to bringing a short personal story to life. This lesson is focused on getting students to structure to plan a short documentary, around a scripted voiceover narration.
What is data and how does data impact our everyday life? Who is our data valuable to? Technology helps us in lots of ways and promises to improve human life through new developments and technology solutions. This lesson is focused on teaching students how to recognize data production, collection and analysis based on simple processes.
Online we can virtually find any information we want. We ask search engines for answers to all of our questions, we like photos on social media platforms because they are suggested to us, or because our friends have liked them. All the information we have at our fingertips can be empowering, but how exactly do platforms know what information is most relevant to us? This lesson plan is focused on understanding algorithms, and the role they play in curating our information diets online.