Photograph by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Creative
Your capstone project will be a multimedia reflection form. This is your chance to tell us about both of the activities you completed in Phase 2, how they connected to the Learning Framework, and how your students were impacted.
However, you should also choose either Activity 1 or Activity 2 as your “capstone activity.” For your capstone activity, you will be asked to submit the following additional items as part of your multimedia reflection form and on the Google+ community to inspire other educators. See “Uploading to the Google+ Community” to learn how to post your materials.
Click the button below to fill out the multimedia reflection form. You will be prompted to create an account with Submittable, our software partner for submissions. Once you create an account, you will be able to save your work and return to it later.
The purpose of the capstone video is to bring the Learning Framework to life in a visual way. It works best to focus your video on one or two attributes of the Learning Framework (even though we know you’ve covered it much more deeply in the written portion of your multimedia reflection form). The best videos summarize the activity’s impact rather than a description of the activity.
If you receive below a 3 on any of the following capstone criteria, you will be asked to revise that item and resubmit for the next submission date.
Sadly, no. Because of privacy restrictions, we can not accept any capstone videos with recognizable student faces. However, you can include student work, student voices, and footage of students that does not include their face (hands, feet, backs, etc). If you submit a video that shows a student face, we will have to ask you to edit it using a facial blurring software such as this one.
Sorry, but no. At National Geographic, we value storytelling for its power to influence, inspire, and make the world accessible. Exercising your storytelling muscle in a new way will help you engage your students in new ways—and we hope you’ll challenge them to create compelling stories, too.
See our “Tips on Telling a Great Story in Your Video” section below.
See our “Technology Tips” section below.
See our “Uploading to the Google+ Community” section below.
Please share your capstone materials (capstone video, photos of student work, and lesson plan) with educators in our community—and with your own personal and professional networks, if you desire! Follow these steps to make sharing your work easy.
There is no need for your video to be technically impressive, but we do challenge you to tell the best story you can with your 2-6-minute short. At National Geographic, we value storytelling for its power to influence, inspire, and make the world accessible. Exercising your storytelling muscle will help you engage your students in new ways—and we hope you’ll challenge them to create compelling stories, too.
Here are some tips for telling a compelling story with your video.
You want to grab viewers right away, so think about interesting ways to start the story. Here are just a few examples to get you thinking.
We know the privacy restriction against showing students’ faces can feel limiting. Here are some other ideas for what to feature visually in your video.
Stories are more interesting when they include unique and even quirky details. Instead of saying a summarizing sentence like, “The students really learned to respect the environment,” consider giving specific examples, like:
Please don’t worry about making your video technically impressive! We’ve found that many educators have enjoyed the challenge of producing a video—some for the very first time—and we hope you’ll find that same sense of satisfaction. Here are some easy tools for making a video.
If you already have a smartphone or tablet, its camera app is a great and easy tool for capturing video. Just email the footage to yourself or save to a flash drive when you’re done if you want to edit on your computer. Or, try one of these free apps to edit the video from your smartphone or tablet. (If you find a different app you like, feel free to try that as well!)
Once you have your raw footage, you can edit it using iMovie. Depending on your iOS system, you likely have iMovie automatically installed. Try using finder to search for iMovie in your applications. If you don’t already have iMovie, you can buy it for $14.99 here. Check out apple’s great tutorial for using iMovie.