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The use of student-produced digital movies as a metacognitive tool to assess non-formal activities.

In the field of environmental education (EE), the evaluation of non-formal activities, such as field trips, is very important as it provides feedback on what, if anything, needs to be re-designed. In that vein, the conventional grading system can fail to seize participants' authentic perception of their experiences, leading teachers and students to cope with measured curricula. The present ongoing study draws on an ethnographic case study conducted within an elementary classroom to propose the use of student-produced digital videos as a tool to facilitate the achievement of good analysis of these experiences. In our pilot study, students were given a camera and asked to use it to capture their understanding of the objective of a planned field trip. Later on, they watched and commented on the raw footage- stepping back from the initial activity and re-flecting on the time spent in the field as they engaged in their task. The analysis of pupils' interactions and reactions to the material they produced allows us to see outside-classroom activities through students' unique perspective. As we discuss practical and pedagogical possibilities and difficulties inherent to this methodology, we articulate that the unpredictability of students' productions associated to such innovation, sometimes chaotic at first sight, is also a valuable opportunity that allows children to exercise their creativity and agency in the classroom.

Jayme, B., Reis, G., & Roth, W.-M. (manuscript in preparation). Step back! The use of student-produced digital movies as a metacognitive tool to assess non-formal activities.

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