Video in the Classroom

Video is shaping the world around us. Students watch videos all the time and media literacy is a 21st century skill that involves being able to analyze and understand the media they see and to create their own media productions.

The Process: Prepare, Plan, Present
  • Prepare: Use the 10 reason below to convince your audience that video is the technology to use.
  • Plan and Create: Use the 9 steps below in any subject area or grade level.
  • Present and Share: Show everyone what students have accomplished.

10 Reasons to Have Students Create Videos
  1. It's fun - learning should be fun!
  2. It engages and excites students.
  3. It helps students to express a real understanding of core classroom content.
  4. It helps students retain what they learn.
  5. It requires sutdents to practice real life skills of planning, organizing, time management, cooperation, communication, problem solving, synthesizing, leadershp and collaboration.
  6. It allows students to be creative.
  7. It utilzes curriculum skills such as researching, writing, speaking, listening, and math.
  8. It requires students to think on a higher level.
  9. It leads students to improve their techology skills.
  10. It helps them to develop problem solving skills.

9 Steps to Creating a Video
  1. Brainstorm a topic or idea.
  2. Create a plan and a rubric. Who will do what? What will happen?
  3. Scripting - students write and rewrite and continue the writing process through multiple drafts. Script must have introduction, body, conclusion and transitions.
  4. Storyboarding - Sketch out scenes that the video project will have.
  5. Sets/Props and Costumes - Plan the place and background and the costumes. As students get more advanced you can use a green screen effect.
  6. Rehearse - Students must learn their lines and act according to the mood/emotion of the scene.
  7. Shoot the video.
  8. Editing and Post Production - Edit to put the scenes together, add music, special effects and credits.
  9. Share - Upload to a website and share.