Joe Dockery

Course Description: Learn DV terms, the Premiere Elements interface, tools, transitions, titling, basic editing, exporting to the web, and creating a DVD while producing a short documentary. Participants will be provided with web-based tutorial they can use in their classroom or for staff development.


10 min             Introductions
10 min             Pre-survey
15 min             Why Documentaries
1 hour              Getting Started
1 hour              Edit
1 hour            Lunch
30 Min             Discussion
1 hour              Edit
1 hour              Publish
10 min             Wrap-up and Evaluations

Workshop Teaching Strategy
I have created Flash based tutorials for all the projects we will cover. This method of teaching/learning might be new to you but I think you may find it extremely powerful once you get into it. By putting all my lessons into this web site you have control of your learning. You can go as fast or slow as your learning style requires. You can stop the lesson at any time and practice the techniques or ask me for more clarification. As you watch the tutorial, make sure to pause and practice the technique using the sample files. Once you complete a project, look at the agenda, and if you are ahead of schedule take the time to practice what you just learned to ensure that you understand the concept. *** All the tutorials you should watch are marked with Tutorial>>

Learning Resources

Since all my lessons are online and on the DVD you got from the workshop you can immediately start using these lessons with your students or share them with the faculty at our school/district. I encourage you to personally take on projects that allow you to practice these techniques. Continue to read some of the excellent books that cover these amazing software applications, explore the many online resources and learn from your students as they push the limits. I have included a list of my favorite online learning resources.

When you attend my workshop I give you a DVD and handouts that contain a bunch of sample files that you are welcome to use while you practice the techniques in the workshop. I encourage you to start with these files and then experiment with the same techniques on your own video files, web pages or Flash files. Please copy the files from the disk to your computer.


Adobe Premiere Elements:
Classrooms take on the energy of high-charged film festivals when educators place easy-to-use video-editing tools at students’ fingertips. Adobe® Premiere® Elements software helps teachers engage students in learning with digital video-editing tools for producing personal masterpieces — complete with the look and sound of Hollywood productions.

*The Puget Sound ESD 121 can help you purchase Adobe software on the state wide volume licensing agreement.

Adobe Flash Player: The tutorials in this workshop require Adobe Flash player be installed on your computer. If you don't have the latest version of Flash you can download it at