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  1. 8 December 2009
    945 Discovery Falls Drive,
    Chula Vista CA 91915

    To Whom it May Concern:

    One of High Tech High Chula Vista’s core classes offered a collaboration of Graphic Design and Spanish. The class was one full semester, and focused on one project called Talk Town. The primary goal of Talk Town was to educate students to speak Spanish to prepare them for teaching a first grade bilingual class. In a span of three months, our class separated into groups of four or five which consisted of different roles for each student. The roles were project manager (the overall director of the group), content manager (scriptwriter for the puppet segment and lesson plan), creative director (creator of puppet characters and handouts), and film/editing specialist (the graphic design editor in charge of all multimedia tasks).

    The first weeks of the project were focused on the storyline and a teaching subject for a short video segment that was viewed by first grade students. Afterwards, the creation of the puppets were processed by the creative director while the project and content manager focused on the script for the video. When the puppets were completed, students filmed their short video. Once the video was done, the film and editing specialist edited the video with added effects and sounds. The rest of the members cooperated with the content manager to write the lesson plan. After each task was completed, the group practiced through numerous rehearsals to perfect their lesson plan.

    The project managers, Rachel Malonzo and Andre RizoneiraLimon monitored each of their members to make sure they were on task and supported them in each assignment. They also rotated between the different roles to understand the assignments of each member.

    The content manager, Madeleine De Vault, was in charge of writing the script for the segment, and created the lesson plan for the lesson that was taught at the elementary school. She started by writing the script, simply started out with a topic; which was verbs. Then, she took that topic and turned it into a segment script where one of the puppets was teaching the other puppet about what verbs are. Once the segment was complete, the lesson plan was created, which consisted of the standards that verbs covered, and an additional script of what each group member would say during the lesson.

    The creative director was responsible for creating the characters and making the handouts. With no puppet-making experience, she made two 4-foot-tall puppets with felt, poly-fill and foam. The process was completed with a sewing machine and by hand. To make the worksheets for the students, she used a program called Adobe Illustrator.

    The FES (film and effects specialist) was responsible for creating the film segment that was used in our lesson. To film the segment, the puppets were placed in front of the green screen with subject lights, and barn lights. To achieve editing the video, programs such as Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects are vital. To be familiar with these programs, the film and effects specialists learned through tutorials and peers to become proficient to make beautiful work. In Adobe After Effects, tutorials included animation and text to make a creative introduction. Adobe Premiere was fundamental in terms of cutting the video, and most importantly, color keying, which is the process of taking out the green background completely and leaving the subject, to be placed with a different background.

    You can help assist our class and school by promoting our website and the project we accomplished. The website is: http://students.hthcv.hightechhigh.org/~hthcv-talktown/ Thank you for your time and consideration.


    Rachel Malonzo
    Project Manager

    Andre Rizoneira
    Project Manager

    Madeleine De Vault
    Content Manager

    Eden Latoni
    Creative Director

    Joelle Osorio
    Film/Special Effects Specialist

  2. Sounds like a very creative and interesting project! I’m an international educator, teaching Spanish and EAL at the elementary level right now at IST, in Tanzania. This is my 15th year teaching and I’ve made a new discovery in keeping a blog to give my students interactive experiences with other classes, and to share their work. Check it out and please, make comments! http://latamaritabonita.wordpress.com/

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