Thursday was a fairly relaxed day of classes for me. Many students are self-sufficient by now, so when I walk around asking "How's it going? Do you need anything from me?" they usually shake their heads and keep working.
I made a special point of meeting all of my video makers, to determine what kind of recording equipment and "studio" they will need. For me, one of the toughest aspects of video production is finding a sufficiently quiet space with a proper background and zero distractions. At home, I often use the basement when I need the camera, or I get up extra early to record slideshow narrations. At school, there is no basement! A couple students say that they plan to film video clips on their phones at home ... we'll see whether that works out.
4 groups (including 1 student working alone) will make narrated slideshows. They just need a microphone. I am bringing the USB webcam that I use for most recordings.
3 groups are planning a combination of slideshow + live filming, but some might change their mind tomorrow to do all one or the other. Still, as far as I know they need a camera.
6 other groups (including one solo student) want to make some sort of "acting" video. My favorite plan is the pair of girls who will present a simplified version of the musical Hamilton with stuffed animals as a puppet show. (Of course, Alexander Hamilton himself is played by a pig!) I really hope those girls can pull it off, but at least they're having lots of fun writing the script. 2 other groups want a greenscreen, so I need to grab the sheet from my basement "studio".
The first filmers might be ready to start tomorrow, but I think I should encourage them to rehearse a lot.
I just need to figure out something good for this Tuesday, when I have to be out of class. Should I let them work on these projects in my absence? I don't really think so... but then I would need a suitable replacement for 40 minutes (slightly shorter classes that day).
After I solve that puzzle, my week looks fairly smooth. The last couple days are always more dramatic as students scramble to finish, so Friday will be especially busy. Our last day of regular classes is Monday June 18. That's when we will have our in-class showcase: they can watch each other's videos, play the games, etc. for at least half the final period.
BTW, nobody has asked me 'how will this be graded?' since last Monday.