Saturday, 18 October 2014

Mirror, mirror... A Starter Recipe

        Starters are quick and easy - but can be enlarged to become a main            course - for an extra charge. They usually require a context to make               complete sense.

Summary     Make a slideshow with a webcam to show emotion
Equipment  Presentation application, webcam
Time             30 minutes
Context        This presentation appeared in a transmedia story.  The protagonist has just received a                            
worrying email and phone call.
Credits          DG

Asked how Red Riding Hood felt, when she discovered that her old Granny was a wolf in disguise, most 5 or 6 year-olds might answer:


With a little prompting you may get

"Frightened" or (if you're really lucky) "Terrified!"

Put them in front of the webcam and ask them to show you how they'd feel you are more likely to get a Munch-like scream or a prizefighter's crouch.

More mature learners can easily generate 10 variations on a theme. The resulting slideshows can be shared with a group and make for some interesting discussions - once you can get past the shouts of laughter!

Always ask children's permission before sharing publicly. Older students are more likely not to give it.
You may instead prefer to ask them to write how Goldilocks looked when she discovered the wolf - using their images as prompts.

Once they have got used to the technique, use it to pursue rather subtler emotions:

How did the little pig feel when the wolf fell into the cauldron of boiling water?

How would you feel if you worked on a banana plantation and discovered the fruit sold in Europe for 100 times the price you are paid for picking them?

Showing emotions in this way gets children inside the head of characters and situations that they are likely to gloss over when you ask for a written, or even a spoken, response.

It's a form of dressing up, using your face as clothes

NOTE: If you have children on the Autistic spectrum they could find well find this activity difficult. Pair them up with someone robust and ask them to describe in detail the images the other has captured.