Rubrics for Technology Projects

Videos

Digital Presentations

Blogs & Websites

Infographics, Posters, Brochures

Podcasts

Essays

Ethical Use

Fair Use

Searching for Creative Commons media

Citation Format Guide

Video Resources

Videos

Excellent

Proficient

Approaching

Poor

Video quality

(lower levels)

Video is steady and in focus.  The lighting enhances the mood of the film.

Video is steady and in focus. The lighting does not detract from the mood of the film.

Video is more than 75% in focus and steady. The lighting is too dark or too bright in one scene.

Video includes black bars on the sides. It is shaky and out of focus. The lighting is either too dark or too bright in multiple scenes.

Video quality

(upper levels - includes variety in camera angles)

Video includes a variety of camera shots and angles used for effect.  Actors are framed thoughtfully. Video is steady and in focus.  The lighting enhances the mood of the film.

Video includes multiple camera shots and angles. Video is steady and in focus. The lighting does not detract from the mood of the film.

Video has almost no variety of camera shots or angles. It is only about 75% in focus and steady. The lighting is too dark or too bright in one scene.

No variety of camera angles or shots. Video includes black bars on the sides. It is shaky and out of focus. The lighting is either too dark or too bright in multiple scenes.

Stop Motion

(use instead of video quality)

The movie flows evenly and smoothly. It looks almost real and is enjoyable to watch.

Character and object motions are almost always realistic. Camera is consistent and scenes stay within a consistent frame & angle.

The movie flows evenly and smoothly. Character and object motions are mostly realistic. Camera may be a little bit shaky or scenes may not keep consistent angles.

The movie is a little jerky and some scenes may be a little too fast or slow. Character and object motions are somewhat realistic. Camera may be often shaky and/or scene angles are inconsistent.

Animation is nearly unwatchable/extremely choppy. Character and object motions are not realistic. Camera is extremely shaky throughout, causing the frame may bounce extremely inconsistently.

Audio

(Change “All actors are” to “Voiceover is” if there is no onscreen acting.)

Audio is free from background noise. All actors are clearly audible and understandable. Supplementary music enhances the mood of the film.

Audio has minor background noise that does not detract from the film. All actors are clearly audible and understandable. Supplementary music enhances the mood of the film.

Audio includes some distracting background noise. Actors are mostly audible and understandable. Supplementary music may be too loud or too soft at times.

Audio includes distracting background noises. Actors are not understandable. Supplementary music detracts from the film.

Editing

The video uses titles, transitions and editing which make it enjoyable to watch. The purpose, mood and ideas are understandable and interesting. There are no jumps, cut off scenes, or unnecessary parts in the film.

The purpose, mood and ideas are understandable and interesting. There are no jumps, cut off scenes, or unnecessary parts in the film.

The video makes sense. Storyline can be followed, but is not fully developed to engage audience.

The video does not make sense. There are multiple scenes that begin or end in a confusing way.

Ethical Use

(Credits)

Credit is provided for everyone who contributed to the film. Roles are identified correctly. Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines and attributed correctly. Creative Commons material was attributed correctly.

Credit is provided for everyone who contributed to the film. Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines and attributed correctly. Creative Commons material was attributed correctly.

Credit is provided for everyone who contributed to the film. Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines. Attribution is approaching correct use.

Attribution was not provided. Students violated fair use guidelines of other’s creative materials.

Digital Presentations

Excellent

Proficient

Approaching

Poor

Organization

Has effective introduction and conclusion. States main idea and moves from one idea to the next smoothly in a logical order. Emphasizes main points in a focused, coherent manner. Uses time well.

Has introduction and conclusion. States main idea clearly. Transitions from one idea to the next could be smoother but the order makes sense.

Introduction and/or conclusion are not effective. Main idea needs more emphasis or clarity. Transitions from one idea to the next should be smoother and the order should be more logical.

Introduction and conclusion are missing or unclear. Main idea is not clear. Presents ideas in an order that does not make sense. Uses time poorly - presentation is way too long or too short.

Vocal Delivery

Speaks clearly at an appropriate volume for audience. Varies tone for effect. Pace is smooth and practiced. Rarely uses filler words.

Speaks clearly at an appropriate volume for audience. Varies tone for effect at least once. Pace is smooth. Occasionally uses filler words.

Speaks clearly only part of the time. Volume is too soft or loud at times. Sounds as if reading or reciting or speaks too fast or slow at times. Consistently uses filler words.

Mumbles throughout presentation. Volume is consistently too soft or loud. Pace is too fast or slow throughout. Uninterested reading or recitation of information.

Body Language

Makes eye contact with whole audience. Stands confidently or moves with purpose to emphasize message. Delivery is animated and practiced.

Makes eye contact with some of audience. Stands or gestures with some uncertainty. Delivery is sometimes animated.

Makes little eye contact with audience. Turns away from audience. Some movements and gestures are awkward or distracting.

Does not look at audience. Turns away from audience for much of presentation. Posture, movement and/or gestures are distracting. Expressions do not fit content.

Visual Aids

Visual aid complements the content and delivery of information. Effectively employs key words and images to support message. Everything is readable and attractive.

Visual aid may have too many words or images at times. Text and images support message. Everything is readable and attractive.

Visual aid has too many words or images. Text and images are related to message, but do not provide support. Visual aid is somewhat messy and may be difficult to read.

Visual aid is too cluttered and disorganized to be useful. Images and text do not support or relate to message. Unattractive and unreadable.

Ethical Use

(lower levels)

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines and attributed correctly. Creative Commons material was attributed correctly.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines. Attribution format has minor errors that do not prevent location of original source.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines. Attribution is approaching correct format.

Attribution was not provided. Students violated fair use guidelines of other’s creative materials.

Ethical Use

(upper levels - includes in-text citations)

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines and attributed correctly. Creative Commons material was attributed correctly. In-text citations were provided when needed.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines.  Attribution format has minor errors that do not prevent location of original source. In-text citations were provided when needed although there may be small errors in format.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines. Attribution is approaching correct format. In-text citations are not consistently used.

Attribution was not provided. Students violated fair use guidelines of other’s creative materials. No in-text citations provided.

Blogs & Websites

Excellent

Proficient

Approaching

Poor

Visual Appeal

Blog page is attractive and organized. Font color, size and style are appropriate and easy to read. Student personalized space/page to increase audience interest.

Blog page is attractive and organized. Font color, size and style are appropriate and easy to read.

Blog page is attractive and organized. At least one aspect of font color, size or style make it difficult to read.

Blog page is not attractive or not organized. More than one aspect of font color, size or style make it difficult to read.

Enhancements

Student includes multiple enhancements that support audience understanding of the content. Enhancements include images, hyperlinked text, embedded video or other objects.

Student includes at least one enhancement that support audience understanding of the content. Enhancements include images, hyperlinked text, embedded video or other objects.

Student attempts to include enhancement, but enhancement does not work or is broken.

Student does not attempt to include any enhancements. Student pastes in URL instead of hyperlinking text. **

Ethical Use

(lower levels)

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines and attributed correctly. Creative Commons material was attributed correctly.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines. Attribution format has minor errors that do not prevent location of original source.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines. Attribution is approaching correct format.

Attribution was not provided. Students violated fair use guidelines of other’s creative materials.

Ethical Use

(upper levels - includes in-text citations)

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines and attributed correctly. Creative Commons material was attributed correctly. In-text citations were provided when needed.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines.  Attribution format has minor errors that do not prevent location of original source. In-text citations were provided when needed although there may be small errors in format.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines. Attribution is approaching correct format. In-text citations are not consistently used.

Attribution was not provided. Students violated fair use guidelines of other’s creative materials. No in-text citations provided.

** Example of hyperlinked text. Example of URL: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10_foJXQnygmVErvelk6RQrJXiRC4qmJ

Infographics, Posters, Brochures

Excellent

Proficient

Approaching

Poor

Graphics

All images and charts are related to the topic and make it easier to understand.

Includes images and charts related to the topic and most clarify topic.

Images and charts relate to the topic, but do not enhance understanding.

Images and charts do not relate to the topic or are misleading.

Design

Makes excellent use of font, color, images, effects, etc. to enhance understanding of the content. The layout is organized and flows well.

Makes good use of font, color, images, effects, etc. to enhance to content. The layout is organized and flows well.

Makes use of font, color, images, effects, etc. but occasionally these detract from the presentation of content.

Font, color, images, effects etc. often distract from the presentation of content. Poor layout and organization make content difficult to understand.

Ethical Use

(lower levels)

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines and attributed correctly. Creative Commons material was attributed correctly.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines. Attribution format has minor errors that do not prevent location of original source.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines. Attribution is approaching correct format.

Attribution was not provided. Students violated fair use guidelines of other’s creative materials.

Ethical Use

(upper levels - includes in-text citations)

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines and attributed correctly. Creative Commons material was attributed correctly. In-text citations were provided when needed.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines.  Attribution format has minor errors that do not prevent location of original source. In-text citations were provided when needed although there may be small errors in format.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines. Attribution is approaching correct format. In-text citations are not consistently used.

Attribution was not provided. Students violated fair use guidelines of other’s creative materials. No in-text citations provided.

Podcasts

Excellent

Proficient

Approaching

Poor

Clarity

It is easy to hear and understand student throughout podcast. Student speaks clearly. Student varies pitch and tone of voice to emphasize important information, ask questions and/or interest listeners. Student speaks at an appropriate, consistent speed or varies speed for a purpose.

It is easy to hear and understand student throughout most of the podcast. Student speaks clearly. Student’s pitch and tone of voice are appropriate, but do not add to the podcast. Student speaks at an appropriate, consistent speed.

It is not easy to hear and understand student throughout parts of the podcast. Student’s pitch and tone of voice vary in appropriateness. Student speaks too fast or slow at times.

It is difficult to hear or understand student throughout most of the podcast. Student does not speak clearly. Students’ pitch and tone are uninteresting. Student speaks too fast or slow.

Quality 

Podcast is entertaining to listen to from beginning to end. Additional music or effects make the podcast more interesting and enjoyable. Editing and transitions are smooth and error free. There is no distracting background noise.

Podcast is entertaining to listen to. Additional music or effects add interest. There is very little distracting background noise. Editing and transitions are smooth.

Podcast is mostly understandable. Additional music or effects do not benefit or detract from the content. There is some distracting background noise. Editing and transitions need improvement.

Distracting background noise makes it difficult to hear the speaker. Additional music or effects are not appropriate, too loud or too soft. Editing and transitions cut off the beginning or end of sentences.

Ethical Use

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines and attributed correctly. Creative Commons material was attributed correctly.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines. Attributions have minor errors.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines. Attribution is approaching correct format.

Attribution was not provided. Students violated fair use guidelines of other’s creative materials.

Essays

Excellent

Proficient

Approaching

Poor

Formatting

Student followed guidelines for formatting. Font size, style and color are appropriate. Margins, spacing & paragraph style are consistent & appropriate. Page numbers are included.

Student followed guidelines for formatting. Font size, style and color are appropriate. Margins, spacing & paragraph style are consistent & appropriate.

Student followed some guidelines for formatting. Font size, style and/or color are appropriate. Margins, spacing & paragraph style are not consistent.

Student did not follow guidelines for formatting. Font size, style and color are inappropriate. Margins, spacing & paragraph style are inconsistent or inappropriate.

Ethical Use

(lower levels - Bibliography)

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines and attributed correctly. Creative Commons material was attributed correctly.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines. Attribution format has minor errors that do not prevent location of original source.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines. Attribution is approaching correct format.

Attribution was not provided. Students violated fair use guidelines of other’s creative materials.

Ethical Use

(upper levels - Works Cited and in-text citations)

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines and attributed correctly. Creative Commons material was attributed correctly. In-text citations were provided when needed.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines.  Attribution format has minor errors that do not prevent location of original source. In-text citations were provided when needed although there may be small errors in format.

Copyright material was used following fair use guidelines. Attribution is approaching correct format. In-text citations are not consistently used.

Attribution was not provided. Students violated fair use guidelines of other’s creative materials. No in-text citations provided.

Essay formatting guideline examples: High School, MLA, University, Scientific papers, Formato de SOLACYT

Bibliography vs Works Cited

Ethical Use

Ethical use of others’ creative property is an important lesson throughout the production of videos, infographics, blogs, etc. Remind students that Google images is how to find an image. Its is not where the image exists or who to give credit. Students must find the original source of an image before determining if it can be used and how to credit it. Students should create their bibliography as they are finding images, video, music and sources of information. Require students to follow Fair Use guidelines for the use of copyrighted materials. Encourage students to find Creative Commons Licensed media to use in their projects.

Fair Use

Students and teachers creating educational materials must follow the guidelines and remember to cite the authors of any work they copy.  

Text and Data

Illustrations and Photographs

Movies, Plays, TV Shows, Videos, Music and Lyrics

Fair use guidelines for students.  Even more fair use.

Searching for Creative Commons media

http://search.creativecommons.org/ 

https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/ 

http://www.morguefile.com/ 

http://worldimages.sjsu.edu/ 

http://imagebase.net/ 

http://freemusicarchive.org/curator/creative_commons/

http://vimeo.com/creativecommons 

https://www.youtube.com/creativecommons 

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page 

Citation Format Guide

See also the Research Stop 7-12 and 5-6 websites for more details and information about in-text citations, Works Cited, guidelines for presentations, etc. The 5th-6th grade scope and sequence also provide a lot of support for helping students understand searching, evaluating sources, etc.

Music

Format

Songwriter, W. (Date of copyright). Title of song [Recorded by artist if different from songwriter]. On Title of album [Medium of recording]. Location: Label. (Recording date if different from copyright date).

Music Example

Jagger, M. and Richards, K. (1968). Sympathy for the Devil [The Rolling Stones]. On Beggar’s Banquet [LP]. London: Decca.

Image

Format

Author (Role of Author). (Year image was created). Title of work [Type of work], Retrieved Month Day, Year, from: URL (address of website)

Image Example

Close, M. (Photographer). (2011). No title [Photograph] Retrieved September 1, 2014 from: http://murrayclose.com/work/hunger-games/ 

Video Format

Producer, P.  (Producer), & Director, D. (Director). (Date of publication). Title of motion picture [Motion picture]. Country of origin: Studio or distributor.

Video Example

Jacobsen, N. and Kilik, J. (Producer), & Ross, G. (Director). (2012). Hunger Games [Motion picture]. United States: Lionsgate.

Students who use only Creative Commons licensed materials can use the following format. A good rule of thumb is to use the acronym TASL, which stands for Title, Author, Source, License.

Music

Your Clearest Clarion Call(ed) by The Agrarians from Free Music Archive licensed under a Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0

Image

The Cave - Hunger Games fanart by LeJC from Wikimedia Commons licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported

Video

Skinning a squirrel for a usable hide by Wildernessoutfitters from YouTube licensed under Creative Commons Attribution license

Video Resources

Stop Motion Guide - Step by step guide to creating Stop Motion movies using iMovie

Examples of different camera shots. More shots and camera angles. Camera shots/angles and their effect on the audience.

End credits guidelines; who to credit and in what order.

Attributing music in your end credits.

Attributing images in your end credits.

APA and MLA attribution for video, audio and images.

Creative Commons attribution guidelines.

Annenberg Cinema Interactive Lesson