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School District:Brookings
Unit of Study Title:Operating a Digital Television Camera
Grade Level:9-12
Time Frame:4 Days
Key Words:Video, television, digital, rubric
Unit Designer:Brad Nupen
Unit Designer
Date Added:6/11/2002 3:38:43 PM
Date Last Revised:6/18/2002 5:51:25 PM
Topic Area:Fine Arts
Peer Reviewer:Bette Wilkinson
Peer Reviewer

Brief Summary of Unit: 1. Students will use a powerpoint with online tutorial on digital camera operation.
2. Scavanger Hunt to improve student use of camera.
3. A mock story to develop research and interview skills, along with camera operation improvement.
Students will Understand: Physical operation of digital video camera.
The effects that lighting and camera angle can have on appearance of subject.

Link to Standards #1

Fine Arts
Students will communicate their thoughts and ideas through the creation of music.
Students will understand the, media, techniques and processes used in the production of visual arts.

Indicator:None Listed
Benchmark(s):None Listed
Other Content Standards:VISUAL ARTS Standard 2
Students will understand the media, techniques and processes used in the production of visual arts.
9-12 Students will:

Analyze the various media and processes used in creating a variety of art forms.
Analyze a variety of techniques which give artwork definition and detail.
Determine and apply the appropriate compositional elements and organizational principles to solve specific visual art problems.

Other Components
Essential Questions to Guide this Unit and Focus Teaching and Learning: What is the best way to video tape an interview?
What is the best way to operate a digital video camera?
Key Knowledge and Skills Students will Acquire: Students will know the purpose and opeartion of manual and automatic functions on the digital video camera.
Students will be able to operate the camera in various light and sound conditions.
Assessment Plan: Verbal and visual assessment of student's understanding of equipment use.
Students will use self-assessment and peer assessment of video quality using a rubric.
Learning Activities: Students will use the digital video cameras to develop their performance skills, including: filming, presentation, editing, researching.
Notes:The use of the scavanger hunts was introduced to me by MaryLou McGirr of Huron, SD, and Jeff Dahm from the website
Internet Resource Link:

Adapted from the the work of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. Understanding by
Design. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Alexandria, VA. 1998.

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