My student’s video on World Domination

I'm laughing so hard that I am crying. This student for the horizon project seemed not to be doing much filming. That is because she was literally taking over the county with this short 8 minute film.

Find more videos like this on Horizon Project 2008

Her point was to demonstrate the emotions of those who are using Youtube and grassroots video and how many times it can give false impressions of grandeur to those who become “youtube” stars. I am just amazed she did this film in 2 weeks!

During the course of this film she:

  • Had a police officer “arrest” her friend (it was staged except her aunt didn't know and came driving up as the actress was leaving! It scared her!)
  • Hypnotized her math teacher
  • Included our headmaster (in the orange shirt halfway through)
  • Used greenscreen
  • Got her father to be on the film at the end.

She really did a nice job. We did encourage the students to use creativity to get their point across and one not knowing the topic might think this was just for fun, however, for those who know the topic, I think she conveyed the emotions of those using grassroots video quite well, albeit in a humorous fashion.

I just cannot believe she did it!

Now, I can honestly say that my projects have reached a new high (or low depending upon the way you look at it) — with a staged arrest on film. I'm laughing!

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Charlie A. Roy May 18, 2008 - 9:09 pm

These kids always amaze me with their work. i find digital story telling and short films to be a real way to help students express themselves in a creative way.

Some of my school’s students produced this for a student film festival

This kid has real potential.

Alfred Thompson May 19, 2008 - 1:55 am

I don’t know which impressed me more – the script or that she got all those people to act in it. Someone is going to go far in this world with talent like that.

mrsdurff May 19, 2008 - 8:07 pm

Looks like Dembo has some competition!
That officer ought to learn the mandated Miranda warning-these were mandated by law in the 60s!

loonyhiker May 22, 2008 - 12:34 pm

This was absolutely outstanding! I love how all the adults got into the project too and was willing to help. Thanks for sharing!

Bea May 24, 2008 - 12:54 am

That was fantastic – so much fun. She musta had so much fun filming and convincing others to join her!

Another thing that stuck out for me was the accents! I’m an Aussie living in China so I don’t get to hear many. These accents are great.

Love the police guy “… and I don’t know the rest” :-D

– Bee

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