CREATING BOOKTRAILERS @SCHOOL
Innovative methods to engage students, promote reading and enhance literacy and digital skills
Description and main aims
Draft proposed program
The idea of this training course was born thanks to the expertise of JUMP in cooperating in European projects that promote innovative approaches to integrate the promotion of reading - facing the urgent need of nowadays students to improve literacy skills - with the development of digital skills, which are both important priorities for the 21st century.
Quoting the EU Council Recommendation for Lifelong Learning, “Literacy is the ability to identify, understand, express, create, and interpret concepts, feelings, facts and opinions in both oral and written forms, using visual, sound/audio and digital materials across disciplines and contexts. It implies the ability to communicate and connect effectively with others, in an appropriate and creative way. Development of literacy forms the basis for further learning and further linguistic interaction.”
During these years of experimentation developed by JUMP, the innovative use and creation of booktrailers in the classroom resulted as a very effective methodology that gained an increasing appreciation both from teachers and students, with evidence based positive effects on learning success, passion for reading, development of a variety of skills and increased motivation in students and teachers.
A digital book trailer is usually a short digital video (less than 2 minutes) that combines characteristics of a movie trailer and a book advertisement. Book trailers are a great way to support the building of a reading culture in your school and engage pupils with reading in a digital and fun way. Booktrailers, as movie trailers, give a ‘taster’ of a book for its potential audience, designed to leave them wanting to read the book.
Thanks to the cooperation with international partners and a common work of research and studies in this field, JUMP trainers matured experience in the creation of methodological approaches that foresee specific activities according to the age of teachers’ students, including all levels from pre-school until adult education. This process led JUMP to the creation of “The first European digital library of book trailers”, that was born through an Erasmus+ strategic partnership in the field of adult education, titled “EU-Read&Art: The first European digital library of book trailers and adult creativity expressions”.
During this training course teachers will learn how to plan and create booktrailers, exploring a variety of methodologies that allow them to be able to choose the best tools and creative strategies according to different contexts and students’ needs. Through a process of learning by doing, teachers also learn to effectively guide their students to evaluate a book, comprehend the essence and most meaningful messages, visualize what they want to communicate through the video and present their personal perceptions, comprehension and takings through the book trailer. Experiential lessons will include the use of pictures, text, videos, voiceovers as well as music to make the booktrailer interesting and engaging. Teachers will learn to film and edit videos and also discover a variety of free online tools and stocks of creative content that can be found under a creative commons license on the internet.
Introducing the active creation of booktrailers in your classroom will surely increase the engagement of students and at the same time contribute to prevent the addiction to a passive fruition of videos, empowering students to become active creator and more aware of how a video can be realized, for professional and educational purposes.
The program structure will cross the different areas of video production and video concept focused on teachers' and educators' jobs related to the work in the classroom.
Any teacher at any level of education working in a public or private school or educational institution.
Like all our programs, this one is flexible and can be adapted to specific needs, depending on the subject taught or the starting level of the participants.
Furthermore, in line with the JUMP Academy methodology, our courses are based on a strategic balance between formal and non-formal education, indoor and outdoor learning. The team takes care of the most fundamental aspect of international mobility, which is intercultural learning, which we promote with short excursionsand team building among teachers, and facilitating interaction with local partners, especially schools in the local area.
We always try to connect our learners with local teachers and students to collaborate in developing innovations and networks for future projects.
Where possible, the program involves spending a morning in a local school to visit, observe and collaborate on one or more lessons.
Furthermore, for this specific course there is the possibility to organize a meeting with local book authors, who can share their professional experience in promoting passion for reading, developing writing skills and storytelling.
The proposed program is framed by JUMP in a European dimension with an international spirit even at a local level. Depending on the season and the weather conditions it is possible to change some sessions and add excursions and meetings (in cooperation with our network of partners, including schools involved in European projects).
Sunday: Arrival of the participants, welcome by the B&B, social dinner, free time, and relaxation.
Monday: 09:00 - 13:00 First briefing by organizers, presentation of the team, logistics of the local context, program overview and changes, moving to the city center. Outdoor team building game “The Mission Impossible in Soverato by JUMP”. Getting to know the Cultural Heritage of Calabria region.
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch break
14:30 - 17:30 Lesson. Getting to know each other activities; participants skills and expertise in this field, expectations and needs analysis. Module 1: The actual scenario of video making, digital story telling and booktrailers in communication and education. Media literacy pedagogy for all students, including opportunities for critical analysis and creative media.
Tuesday: 09:30 - 13:00 Lesson. Module 2: Different tools, different goals, and different steps in video making for the creation of booktrailers. Students from content beneficiaries to content creators. Watching exemplar trailers and discussing them.
13:00 - 14:30 lunch break
14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Module 3: The Pre-production phase, from books to book-trailers. Planning using several tools such as logline, script, storyboard. How to stimulate teamwork and creativity.
Wednesday: 09:30 - 13:00 lesson. Module 4: The production phase. Video Making and different types of shootings and techniques for creating booktrailers. Audio Production, colors and light in video making.
13:00 - 14:30 lunch break
14:30 - 17:30 lesson. Module 5: Organizing the materials and recording the required videos. Video Skills in action. Outdoor activities.
Thursday: 09:30 - 13:00 Lesson. 13:00 - 14:30 lunch break
14:30 - 17:30 Lesson. Module 6: Post production phase. Digital editing tools to finalize our booktrailers.
Friday: 09:30 - 13:00 Lesson. Module 7: Organizing engaging reading labs and workshops for the creation of booktrailers.
Booktrailers screening and Final exchange among participants: sharing booktrailers that participants created and mutual feedbacks.
13:00 - 14:30 lunch break
14:30 - 17:30 Outdoor excursion to an ancient village on the Calabrian coast.
Saturday: 09:30 - 12:00 Lesson. Conclusion of the course: Assessment and delivery of certificates, review of the Learning Mobility Agreements, and administrative receipts.
On Saturday afternoon, free time, intercultural activities suggested or an excursion "Discovering the ancient cities and traditions of Calabria". Final social dinner among participants.
1) Module 1: The actual scenario of video making, digital story telling and booktrailers in communication and education. Media literacy pedagogy for all students, including opportunities for critical analysis and creative media.
2) Module 2: Different tools, different goals, and different steps in video making for the creation of booktrailers. Students from content beneficiaries to content creators. Watching exemplar trailers and discussing them.
3) Module 3: The Pre-production phase, from books to book-trailers. Planning activities using several tools such as logline, script, storyboard. How to stimulate teamwork and creativity.
4) Module 4: The production phase. Video Making and different types of shootings and techniques for creating booktrailers. Audio Production, colors and light in video making.
5) Module 5: Organizing the materials and recording the required videos. Video Skills in action. Outdoor activities.
6) Module 6: Post production phase. Digital editing tools to finalize our booktrailers. Sharing created products and mutual feedbacks.
7) Module 7: Organizing engaging reading labs and workshops for the creation of booktrailers.
Certification and number of days
JUMP certifies or 36 hours for 6 days course (6*6) or more if needed adding extra hours per day. Or 30 hours for a 5 days course (6*5).
The course can be also extended to a 2 weeks course with the options 10 days or 12 days course if asked and agreed, depending on the project of the sending organization.
10 days are excluded the weekend (5+5), 12 days are from Monday to Saturday morning (6+6).
At the end of the training, JUMP delivers a formal certificate of attendance and the team is at disposal to fill the Europass certification document according to the EU model template and other needed documents for reporting of the sending institution.
The cost is fully covered by the Erasmus grant. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for information on costs and the services provided to plan your mobility project in Soverato with JUMP.