Kicking it Up a Notch
Film School For Video Podcasters

Mathew Needleman Los Angeles, California, USA



Bio: Mathew Needleman, Apple Distinguished Educator, has been integrating video in the classroom for seven years as a teacher of kindergarten, first, and second grade. He has specialized in working with English Language Learners and mainstreamed special education students in low-income schools. Mathew’s classroom movies have won numerous awards and he maintains an independent film career. Mathew has provided professional development for Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Antioch University and at national and local educational conferences.

Presentation Description: Make better classroom movies with simple tips that will help elevate your vodcast to the next level in terms of artistic and technical merit. Learn how to storyboard like a pro, choose shots that support the telling of your story, and capture better lighting and sound. Regain lost opportunities to teach media literacy and higher level thinking via video production by empowering yourself to empower your students. Tap into over one hundred years of movie history with this engaging presentation that instructs as it entertains.


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43 Responses to “Kicking it Up a Notch
Film School For Video Podcasters”

  1. Mike says:

    Nice job. Enjoyed the show.

  2. […] the Possibilities,” to be interesting, informative and entertaining.  Entitled, “Film School for Video Podcasters,” it presented very specific techniques and tools that will allow even elementary students to […]

  3. Mathew,
    You’ve really demystified the process of making films in the classroom for me. Thank you for that. I’m going to have my students create a short film illustrating each of our classroom agreements- mutual respect, attentive listening, appreciation and the right to pass. I’ll let you know how things go.

  4. […] viewed the session on Film School for Video Podcasters, Better Classroom Movies, with Mathew Needleman.  Mathew had me hooked from the very beginning in his use of the “Our […]

  5. Fantastic video on many levels. I was a little surprised to see a sketchbook being used for story boarding however….and would like to see a next generation recreation using visual mapping techiques…. ok, maybe I’ll work on it….. Thank you – many, many great tips!

  6. Thank you everyone for your comments.

    @Elona, I look forward to seeing your class movies.

    @Gail, There’s something about curling up with a sketchbook that I don’t think computers will ever replace though I’d love to hear about your visual mapping techniques.

  7. Mathew – I couldn’t agree more – the feel of the paper and the sound of a charcoal pen are wonderful and irreplaceable experiences! So is chinese brush painting. However, I think I found a great answer following links from your blog – in the Thinking Maps resources. For those with NVLD who sometimes have a hard time holding a pencil, let alone putting their thoughts on paper, concepts maps are a wonderful way to allow them to connect their words and see the logic or flow. The Thinking Map video also says what we need to do …. it’s all about patterning, and recreating the link to the lost images as well as providing the images. So since we are talking visual images, let’s not forget to use visual imaging tools – the 21st century classroom needs to incorporate UDL principles. I am waiting for a transcript of that video …. so I can pass some of this on to web 1.0 people…..cheers

  8. Alec Couros says:

    Just finished watching Matthew, and this was awesome! This will be a great resource for my teacher education students, so thanks so much for taking the time to put this together. I look forward to your work in the future.

  9. Thanks Alec, you know I am a fan of your work as well.

  10. Kevin says:

    Great presentation on so many levels — I wish others would add to the VoiceThread, too.

  11. Mathew,
    Very interesting and timely presentation as more and more teachers are starting to get comfortable with tools such as moviemaker and photostory. Once the tools to create these movies are not the primary focus anymore we NEED to move on to the skills we want to be teaching our students with movies. What resonated most with me was your question, why we continue to teach a media (text) in schools that most of our students are not using to get their information from outside of school?
    It reminded me of the video, created by Michael Wesh “A Vision of Students Today”.
    We need to teach media literacy in/for the media that students are using in their everyday life.

    Great presentation. Thank you for addressing this important point we need to start addressing.

  12. Mathew, this was great. I’m sharing it with the GATE students Barbara and I are working with. The material is so relevant on many levels. Another keeper.

  13. Silvia – that is a great video reference – thank you!!!!

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  17. […] a class we just watched Matthew Needleman’s Film Kicking it up a Notch Film School For Video Podcaster explaining different shots and ways to shoot shots easily. What I learned is that every shot counts […]

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  19. […] the film about storyboarding, Matthew Needleman talks about some necessities in making a short film.  The first rule is to plan […]

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  21. […] learned from Matthew Needleman about the rule of thrids. He showed us that most films main subject are not centered because it […]

  22. Karin says:

    Mathew, this is a terrific resource. My background is in print journalism. I’ve been moving abruptly and ineptly into video storytelling with my high school students, because that’s where they are and it’s where I need to be. Your emphasis on media literacy is timely and refreshing.

  23. […] watched a video in class by Matthew Needleman called Film school for Pod casters. One thing I learned was to use […]

  24. […] also created a video to help teachers create their own video podcasts.  This video runs about 16 minutes and he discusses everything from storyboarding to shooting to […]

  25. […] on the sessions.  One session I found particularly engaging was Mathew Needleman’s video Film School for Video Podcasters.  He discussed the importance of sharing information visually with our students and how to make […]

  26. […] enjoyed viewing the session entitled ” Film School for Video Podcasters” by Matthew Needeleman fromthe K12 Online Conference 2008.Mr.Needleman is a literacy coach and teacher of children in K, […]

  27. […] Kicking it Up a Notch – Film School For Video Podcasters provides some of the most basic tips for effective video production.  This 15 minute session will help me create my own videos, but can also be shown to my students if they want to produce a video.  I know I have some creative minds in my classes, I just need to find the best ways to tap that creativity. […]

  28. […] wearing my PJs when I attended the online K12 Conference.  I chose to watch Kicking it Up a Notch: Film School for Video Podcasters, which was basicallly a tutorial on video making for use in the classroom.  The presenter, Michael […]

  29. The session pointed that many video project are just gloried PowerPoint. Many teacherswould agree. Yet, there exist little staff developments on movie making. However, the session provides techniques on movie making that has been learned over the past 100 years.

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  35. […] Kudos as well to Mathew Needleman and Dr. Alec Couros, who also shared their past K12Online presentations during the first half of Saturday’s LAN party. Mathew shared his K12Online08 presentation, “Film School For Video Podcasters.” […]

  36. […] mention anything about editing software but does say you can go to his blog to read more on that. I enjoyed his video. He made it interesting and showed examples. This is something I would like to […]

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  38. […] gets to the heart of the story.  Much like Matthew Needleman shows in his k-12 Online Conference “Film School for Video Podcasters,” I have always used a storyboard worksheet.  Over the years I have tried a variety of layouts and […]

  39. […] attended the 2009 “Kicking It Up a Notch” session entitled “Film School for Video Podcasters.”  Matthew Needleman delivered the session.  He used the format well to tell a story as he […]

  40. […] Needleman, in the  a K12 Online 2008 Presentation Film School for Video Podcasters, also points out other benefits of involving students in movie […]

  41. […] Video about good storyboarding, shot selection, sound and lighting […]

  42. […] 2008 Film School for Video Podcasters by Matthew Needleman. Matthew obviously possess some storytelling skills and given his topic, you'd expect that. Matthew uses a story, a 1940's detective theme to weave in his ideas. A clever twist but one that's not used superfluously but as a meaningful way to share his ideas. He does a great job of chunking ideas. There are clear breaks and transitions. Easy to review. […]

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