I have always thought that one of the greatest benefits of students making their own videos was that they get viewed by an audience. Not only is the learning shared then, but the preparation and production value goes way up (see Hall’s post on the CA festival). It’s hard to generate that same amount of enthusiasm for those private transaction assignments between teacher and student like tests and written assignments. And I was happy in the mid 80’s to have that audience just be my Spanish students’ classmates. On occasion, I would even hear good things from parents who “had to watch” their child’s performance speaking Spanish. The days of just passing that VHS tape around are long gone as the Internet and the plethora of contests and festivals have made abundantly clear. (BTW, have you tried to buy blank VHS tape lately?) So whether you have competed, plan to compete, or are just lurking in the wings, you can learn a lot from contest participants’ videos. From the simplest stories done with still cameras to full blown school studio productions, any class level and subject area can benefit from watching and/or creating their own cinematic mini-epics.
To get my summer review of contest content kicked off, we will have a Discovery Educator Network webinar next Tuesday, June 10th at 7pm Eastern. Click here to register.
P.S. Don’t forget there’s still a week to get your student or teacher entry in for the Discovery and 3M Young Scientist Challenge (must be in by Fathers’ Day, June 15th). And you have just over three weeks to show off your own locale in AFI’s ScreenNation Hometown Challenge (June 30th deadline).
Picture Citation (Chicago Manual of Style) IRC. “Leni Riefenstahl at a motion-picture camera..” unitedstreaming: http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/
(Remember streaming also has a large collection of clip art, sounds, speeches, etc, along with stills like this.)