By Teachers, For Teachers
Classroom lectures get too dragging and monotonous for students most of the time. Kids appreciate teachers who use teachings strategies to go out of their way to introduce a lesson in creative and innovative ways. If you are a teacher planning to bring some life to your classroom discussion, using teaching strategies to create a video project is a good way to go. Young learners are used to watching videos online, and using teaching strategies that integrate videos with the curriculum is a great way to reinforce and demonstrate learning. Students will find it easy to pick up on difficult subject matter because it is an immersive and engaging learning experience.
How do you go about it?
You have two options: You can either present instructive videos yourself, or ask your students to create them as a course project. Although the former can bring classroom lectures to life, the latter is definitely better. Asking your students to create their own video projects will not only demonstrate what they have learned, it will also encourage them to express themselves effectively through video presentations as with written or spoken words. Classroom video projects teach students to reach out and collaborate with their fellow students to plan, analyze, and organize the project.
Here are some tips on how to plan a good video project.
In this stage, if there is no specific type of video project set, you can brainstorm and conceptualize with the class regarding the material, topic, who are the people who will be involved in the project including actors or actresses playing the part or who will interview who? There are also other things to consider like what tools to use, cost of the project, and sometimes even location.
Is it a documentary? Is it a research report? Do you want your students to learn video production skills and be able to produce an independent film? Is it a filmed interview with an expert on a certain topic?
Choose which material you would like your students to present. Sometimes, it depends on the course or subject matter as well. If the course you are teaching is filmmaking or other multimedia courses, it is expected that they should produce a high-quality video presentation as a course requirement. For example, animation students are required to produce an animated film with special effects to demonstrate what they have learned in theories of video production. If not, you can let them choose or divide them into groups and assign a different material for each.
What does the video want to convey? Is it instructional material that reinforces classroom lectures in a video format? Is it an interview with an industry expert that explains a certain topic? Is it an indie film that depicts a certain way of living that is created to teach valuable life lessons?
If needed, you can check some great websites for inspiration on the kind of videos received positive feedbacks for its impact on students and society.
Will your students be using high-grade professional equipments like cameras, lighting equipment, and microphones to film their video? Do they need a laptop and software to edit their work?
Do they need to talk to authorities and for permission to film in certain areas? Who do they need to contact to secure permits? Who should they talk to if they have to interview a certain person like an industry expert to request for an appointment?
All tools and necessary requirements should be acquired and prepared first to avoid encountering problems in the middle of making the video such as delays due to lack of equipment or permits.
This is the hardest but most fun part. Let them make the most out of it.
Aside from setting a deadline for the whole project, there should be a set time frame for each stage to be able to produce a great project. For simple video materials, other steps are not necessary. They can be created within the day, or even hours.
Consider proper allocation of time to avoid wasting other people's time especially if your students have to conduct an interview with an important person. It is also good to allow time in the editing of the material to polish it before submitting or presenting.
If the material is film, documentary, interview or animated film, editing is necessary. This is the stage where they need to make adjustments, cut unnecessary parts for polishing, and when they need to add special audio or visual effects.
This is the stage where you can see how much effort your students exerted in creating the video project as well as how they applied theories into practice.
Do you want your students to present the finished product in class or in a theater that can seat a bigger audience? It usually depends on the material. But you can also require them to upload their video online to be accessed by other people in your school network for educational purposes. Other options include YouTube or other channels for public consumption.
As a teacher, it is your duty to teach students theories, skills, and qualities they need to succeed in life. But you can also give them the freedom to learn and discover things outside the classroom by providing them other methods of learning.