Welcome to the course. Wonderful to have you here. I look forward to learning with you as we explore the power of Internet as it grows in what it can do and what it knows about us.
12 learners taking this course
Looking to have both you and your students create lessons that are even more exciting, effective and interesting than what you doing right now? Interested in matching those types of lessons with your current curriculum? Ready to take your class to the next level?
If you answered yes, then this course is for you.
With a simple video camera, computer and one of the many free media production tools available, anybody can become a video producer. Now we can go beyond just the text and enter the visual. Assignments come with samples and suggested software.
Simply put, this course will enable you and your students to go from fantabulous consumers of media to fantabulous producers of media.
Upon completion of this course, participants will:
- Have a broader knowledge of media literacy
- Understand how media production aligns with their current curriculum
- Tangle with the idea that our students will need to be creators and producers in the coming work force
- Understand how to design, direct and produce media and post it in an online location
- One of the following books:
- Optional, but recommended:
- American Film Institute’s (AFI) 21st Century Handbook. Free! Click here to download.
Technology allows for transformative change in the business world, home and the classroom. To make it happen, though, we must move from simply learning the tools, to creating and implementing new ideas and concepts in the classroom.
My school has a very strong video production (film making) culture. So much so that parents sometimes ask “Why is my kid making so many videos?” As one of the school’s technology coaches I give presentations to parents to help them understand how video production fits into our curriculum.
The interwebs (Internet) make sharing video easy, cheap (free) and fun. The “fun” of course is having a place to put your videos so that other people (students) can watch them and laugh at you. Wait, I mean so they can learn from whatever information you have created.
There are a ton of different cameras out there and thanks to the sophistication of these devices, the camera you pick is not really all that important.
Video production used to mean you had to use a camera to produce something people could watch. That is no longer true! I find myself and my students often producing videos that do not incorporate a camera at all.
Now it is time to take a look at the video editing software on your computer. After doing all that filming, you need to know how to make it look awesome!
Video production is not just about having students create projects. Rather, it is an opportunity for you as an instructor to enhance the fantastic lessons you have already created. Sometimes that means students do the work and sometimes it means the teacher does the work. This assignment is for teachers. Yeah!
Video production in the hands of students is really good fun. It is lots of fun for them to produce and a blast for you to watch and assess. It can be pretty fun too; especially if you share it with the entire class and ask them to comment. It is so much fun I used the word fun like seven times in this paragraph.
Digital storytelling is simply the process of telling a story using some type(s) of digital media. You have, perhaps, done things similar to this in the previous lessons. The difference here is that the primary delivery of the story is digital versus written.
This course was designed to stir up ideas for lesson plans that strengthen students’ creativity and design skills.
This is a departure from the more basic concept of the three r’s: reading, ‘riting and ’rithmetic. The three r’s do a wonderful job of supporting the factory model where graduates are expected to take orders from superiors and do the work. However, they don’t work so well for future students who will be asked to create and design their own systems
Just like a good boss or military commander, you should be able to declare to your students that you would not ask them to do anything that you have not already done first!
In this instance, you will be writing, producing and directing a 3-5 minute film on a topic of your choosing.
This assignment will help you to understand what students go through when they produce films and how long it takes to create something of quality.
While this assignment may be time consuming, it is also so much FUN! It really allows you to put together your creative juices.
This assignment and the next two are where you deep dive into some of the pedagogy that explains why we are bringing more visual (video in this case) elements to our classroom. Much of the reason is because technology makes it much easier to do so, but also our students’ learning styles demand it.
This is your final assignment if you are taking the 500 level course at The Heritage Institute. There are two choices below. Generally the second is the most popular, but the first one is the boldest!
Complete the requirements for credit by submitting a final Integration Paper (2-3 pages).