MachinEVO is a 5-week workshop in Second Life, for language educators to learn how to produce films for teaching and learning English. It starts on 12th January 2015 and is free of charge. Registrations will be open from 5 -11 January 2015.
A machinima is a film made in a virtual world such as Second Life. The word is derived from combining the words machine and cinema.
A major advantage of creating films in Second Life is that they are far less expensive than real world productions, and a teacher can make them quite easily and very cheaply.
In this EVO session we will learn how to create machinima using screencasting and video editing.. Our videos will be uploaded onto the YouTube or Vimeo hosting sites.
The pedagogical aspects of creating language-learning resources will also be explored.
We will investigate scriptwriting, storyboarding, and making films from live footage.
All participants will work toward the goal of producing a complete machinima by the end of Week 5.
Where does it take place? All practical sessions will be held in Second Life, we have EduNation, Learn It Town and MOSP open and ready for our use. There are many other ways of producing machinima of course, but we exclusively use Second Life. To sign up for a free account and to select an avatar for Second Life, participants need to go to http://www.secondlife.com Participants need to download the latest Second Life Viewer from that page.
Participants do not have to have experience in Second Life. There is a list of prerequisites on the wiki. We will provide special familiarization sessions for moving, communicating, changing avatars, camera control and so on.
Target audience Anyone involved in the teaching of TEFL/TESOL who is interested in making machinima for use with learners.
During the first two weeks people who already have experience in SL will help train less experienced participants in basic SL skills and film these first attempts - including entertaining, instructive mistakes ( 'Bloopers',‘Howlers’).for a 'Bloopers' reel.
In the remaining weeks everyone will work in smaller groups to enable each individual participant to come away with a machinima of their own whatever their level of competence.
Sponsored by: CALL-IS
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It starts on 12th January 2015 and is free of charge. Registrations will be open from 5 -11 January 2015.
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