Monday, October 31, 2016

Time Lapse Video of the Life Cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly

Mrs. Maxham's 3rd-grade students at West Rutland School were really excited when they got their caterpillar kit.  This was such a great opportunity for our students that we wanted to be able to capture the life cycle process in a fun way, so we decided to take a time lapse video.   Then, together the students wrote a narrative to retell what happened when the caterpillars turned into butterflies. It was a lot of fun to make and the students really got into making the video.  Check out it out below!

The Setup:

We set up an iPad on a stand and we used the default camera that came with the iPad as it already had a time-lapse setting. There are also plenty of free iOS and Android apps out there that do the same.  
Videos were uploaded every morning to YouTube.  Once complete, I threw them into YouTube editor to make one video with all the clips.  I then uploaded that video to WeVideo and did all the editing using a Chromebook. There I was able to add the introduction, voice over, the final clip of the class.  I also trimmed down quite a bit of the video to match the voice over.  For the voice over, the students each had their own lines they practiced ahead of time and I called them out into the hall one by one to do voice over right in WeVideo.  

  1.  Mrs. Maxham uploaded a video every morning to YouTube to avoid the risk of it being accidently erased.
  2. Leave a light on over night otherwise, you'll be shooting just black space.  The light didn't seem to bother the caterpillars.  
  3. Play around with the lighting. We had a difficult time avoiding the glare off the plastic containers.  If you have any tips, let me know!
  4. Find a quiet spot to do the voice overs, especially if you are using the built-in microphones on your iPad or Chromebook.  
Standards Alignment:

Common Core:
L3.6 : Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships.

SL 3.4: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

3-LS1-1: Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles, but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.  

VT Transferrable Skills
1.F Use technology to further enhance and disseminate communication.
1.G Collaborate effectively and respectfully

ISTE Standards for Students
6.C communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating of using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models. or simulations

6.D publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.  


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