The Note Card Confessions project gives students the opportunity to look closely at their own personal story, or to create one based off of someone else's story. These note card confessions are emotional and draw the viewers in. Teacher's could use this project during history lessons or in literature when telling stories. Allowing students to create their own notecard confessions would increase the engagement and truly help students remember the subject matter. They would also learn more about using technology. After all of the students are finished creating their projects, the teacher can have each student share their video to have the entire class learn about several different individuals and their stories.
I used iMovie to create my project. I started by doing research on families that traveled the Oregon Trail. I chose this topic because my emphasis is in social studies and the Oregon Trail is a concept that fourth graders must learn about. I also knew that this was a difficult trail to travel and figured I could easily find an emotional tale of someone. Once I found enough information and facts about the Oregon Trail, I put this into a story. I then read through my notecards to make sure that everything was legible and spelled correctly. I asked a friend to record me as I went through the cards and had them nod once they had read a card. I then added music from YouTube that was slow, sad, and emotional. After I had finished adding music, I added a black and white filter that focused the video on the notecards and made it seem more dreary. I then saved the iMovie and put it on Youtube using Capture. I then posted my video onto my Weebly website and was finished!
View my Notecard Confession under the projects tab or by clicking here.