With a carefully planned lesson, teachers can capitalize on the inherent interest of students in technology to teach, well, just about anything. A classroom video digital camera and an editing program allows students to be video producers.
By using educational videos as an example to provide students with sounds and images and text to support new words and concepts, teachers can use the educational video as a tool for their students to watch and learn to create their own videos. By creating their own videos students can expand there experience of the subject and understanding of the concepts. As educators in this day and age, teachers know that almost every student is familiar with television and movies and video and the computer and cameras and we can rely on their understanding of the formats and media for them to film creative video curriculum objective complying lessons.
Now create a lesson or a series of lessons where they use this knowledge to put together their own video.
Start by identifying the lesson objective. What do they need to learn? What new words or terms do they have to learn?
Students have to create a video for their classmates so they must have an understanding of the concept they are filming. Your initial lesson should cover the objective and include new vocabulary and any important concepts that support the objective. Students should have the basic concepts down before you introduce the video part of lesson.
Now introduce the “video production” as their assignment. Review the concepts and then ask them what they can video that will help explain the objective. Connect it to your initial lessons by asking them what they need to teach and what new words or terms they have to teach. This is a very important learning element because in deciding what and how to capture the concept with a story line, they become involved in critical analysis and review based on the initial objective and concepts from the lesson.
Carefully structure the filming and editing time. By breaking your students into groups you can have them cover several lessons from the unit and then you can have a video equipment lesson, a video editing lesson with the software, brainstorming and planning lessons, and a video production time for each group per class period. Limit their time and encourage students who may be worried about not “making it perfect” to meet the requirements in a time efficient manner. You don’t want them bogged down on the details. Encourage their creativity in the brainstorming lesson and their speediness in the editing part. Have check points throughout the lesson or unit where they have to meet a deadline for a step in the project and then have them move on.
Students should outline the objective of their pieces very clearly and then they must stick to them. Have students review their piece to make sure it sticks to the objective. This is a very important element to learn because they will use it for the rest of their lives in their personal and professional endeavors.
The culmination of the project should be to teach new or extended lessons using their videos as the supplemental resource for the lesson. The whole class after the actual lesson should have a discussion and offer constructive feedback on each video.
This is good team or group work project because you will probably have great student interest because they’ll get to use the video equipment and get to create programs in a format they are familiar with but with their own unique creativity. Students can assign each other different roles in the production and come together as a team. Just like in the movie industry to which they are probably familiar with certain actors and writing teams that make movies.
The potential learning opportunities of this kind of lesson plan are great. Students will not only cover the original subject area objectives, they will learn project management skills, working as a team, technical skills for using film equipment and for setting up scenes including filming angles and lighting, editing software program skills and editing video skills. They will challenge their creativity and see how ideas can be presented. They will be able to test ideas to see how and if they will work. Digital video allows for many “shots” so they can experiment.
To insure the success of this kind of complex and multi-step lesson or unit, you have to take extra time during the planning stage. Map out the whole process. Create simple flow charts that allow for changes to follow discussions or for ideas quickly assimilated into the class. Make sure all the equipment is available. If students have their own equipment, make sure it is charged and ready, has the instructions with them for setting verification and bring the power cord just in case. Have digital chips available and linking cords. The attention to detail will make the lessons run smooth and thus, be more effective and more efficient.
The true beauty of this kind of lesson is that you can use it for any subject and almost every grade level. Like a pencil, it can write anything.
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