Lights! Camera! Action! Technology in the
Lights! Camera! Action! are words students in classrooms
might hear more in upcoming years! Recently, Vermilion
Parish Schools supplied inexpensive flip cameras for
each school. The small hand help video camera is
powerful resource that can promote higher order thinking
in students, while making them, directors, writers and
producers of their own work.
4th Grade students in Lori Porter’s class at Dozier
Elementary had a taste of the movie industry as they
worked on an inventor/invention project for Social
Studies. The goal of the lesson was for the class to
learn about twenty famous inventors/inventions and how
those have impacted life in America.
The lesson began as students used the laptops/computers
to research an assigned inventor. Working in pairs,
each group then wrote paragraphs on the inventor based
on their research.
The next step included students using the flip camera to
video and record their reports. One student was the
“make shift” camera man who videoed the clip, while the
other student read the report, then roles were reversed.
Once all clips were filmed, the teacher (Lori Porter)
then presented student made videos of each inventor to
the entire class for the students discuss and chart
Though many students know the phrase from television,
the use of this powerful new resource may bring true
meaning to the words, “Lights! Camera! Action!” in the
classroom as well.
Photo 1- Kennedy Breaux reads her report on the inventor
she researched and wrote about. Mason Granger is
pictured videoing her clip. Watching the production
are( teacher) Lori Porter and Dozier Elementary
Principal Karla Toups.
Photo 2 - Shows
the class watching the inventor clips watching the
clips of the twenty inventors. Students researched,
wrote, reported and filmed the clips with the flip
camera. In the photo are 4th grade teacher Lori
Porter and Dozier Elementary Principal Karla Toups.
Erath, LA 70533