Sunday, 4 November 2012

Prototyping: Creative Media Badges 4

I've posted about storyboarding before... interestingly it has been one of my posts that has had regular hits over the past year. In that post I came to the conclusion that older children are less comfortable with expressing narrative ideas visually than younger children because of our education system's relentless drive to convey ideas through writing. I still think there is a good deal of truth in that theory though I'm beginning to wonder whether there was another problem I missed.
Pressure of timetable in middle and high schools means that one is inclined to cut to the chase and miss out the preparatory stages - especially when those stages are time-consuming and aren't, strictly speaking, within your subject area. Even storyboarding isn't really ICT but it seemed like a reasonable starting place given the time constraints. Having thought carefully about the preceding stages of design thinking it seems to me a bit less surprising that the storyboards mentioned in my post were half-baked. They were being produced from my ideas not theirs.  As the DIY pundits will tell you, it's all in the preparation...
Storyboarding isn't the only evidence required: scripts may be written, both for audio texts and movies. In an ideal world this is the point where interdisciplinary collaboration happens - with storyboards and scripts created in English and with content derived from any other discipline. A whole raft of digital tools can be utilised: Powerpoint, Prezi, PhotoStory, Moviemaker or iMovie.  Generally the need in school is for this to be a drafting process - quick and not necessarily well finished. Once the prototyping is complete, most students will some need project planning time: timelines, flowcharts, dope sheets may all need preparing before moving on to the finishing phase. I'll be devising a project management badge soon...
The StarGets here were not hard to devise  (I'm working on more familiar territory)

*      You create a storyboard or script to convey your ideas
** You clearly show what your media  will look/sound like - they include camera shots, sound effects etc.
*** You give your client choices - they include options within the storyboard/script or even multiple plans.