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Emergent Literacy: I am a reader and writer

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Goals of the Project
Intended Audience and Intended Use of the Videos 
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Goals of the Project

The project goal was to produce twelve short videos for use in Trish Smith’s classes. The videos would show a medley of young learners engaged in reading and writing. Each video should show a specific cognitive level, but that level should not be revealed in the video, as the videos are to be played at intervals through out the semester with different focuses and learning and testing objectives.

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Intended Audience and Intended Use of the Videos

Trish Smith’s students are learning about emergent readers and writers.  She plans to use the videos both in class, to point out development of readers, and during end of course testing.

Ms. Smith plans to use the video in different ways. It can be shown at the beginning of the unit, as a visual focus before the discussion of each cognitive level. They will be used to show the learning process of reading and writing in young children. The class can watch the segments and try to ascertain something about that child’s cognitive level before the lesson.

The video can be used as an evaluation at the end of the lesson, to test the same students that viewed the segments previously and see if they would focus on the concepts learned in class. It was because of this intended use that Ms. Smith did not want the name of the cognitive level in the videos.

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Sources

Sources of information:

The class web-site was a source of information 

Drs. Robin, Howze and Phil Rostrum

Beth and Cathy were also sources of information as each brought different background knowledge to the project

Many, many websites served to explain pre-production through post-production, how to use a digital camcorder, lighting, and acted as examples of completed videos.

Written permission was obtained from the parents' of all of the children actors taped. We used one music clip from Microsoft's Digital website, a royalty free music site.

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Last updated: May 08, 2001.