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Don

Ladue Horton Watkins High

Videotaping a lesson doesn't carry the same importance to me, than the true need to teach media literacy, which is the single most important skill NOT being taught in schools consistently. I am a HUGE proponent of students creating video in the classroom to leverage media literacy skills and content comprehension. This particular challenge, based on the blog post describing why video in education is the first challenge, seems to want to focus more on videotaping teachers instructing in the classroom or teachers using video for their own professional development. While I agree this is a strong element of learning for educators, I think the focus of video in education should be on teachers and students creating videos TOGETHER, to leverage media literacy principles of message, text, visuals and audio, culture and purpose to offer greater engagement to content analysis and comprehension.


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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Hi Don! Thank you for sharing your ideas. Let me push back a little - if we did create these amazing videos with our students, how could we share the videos and the methods for their creation with colleagues? Couldn't this be wonderful professional learning?

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Don

Ladue Horton Watkins High

I hear what you're saying about then "videotaping" the process. However in my exeperience, reluctant teachers won't watch a video on how to do make videos. The students know how to make videos already in many cases, but aren't allowed. The STUDENTS could show the teachers in-person, in class, if given the chance. That has been my experience from classrooms all over the country. Don't get me wrong, I learn from watching tutorial videos, and some students do as well. However, I believe the true media literacy lessons are learned for all by hands-on training and allowing students to lead the teaching of technology.

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

I love the idea of allowing students to be experts! Some administrators do already bring students in to faculty meetings to "teach the teachers," so to speak.

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Mindi K-R

Shelby County East Middle School

I think for myself, I would love to be a "co-creator" of a video with my students that teach particular skills or have a particular focus. But I know that I have to be a little bit more proficient myself in creating the videos before I start co-creating with my students. I want to jump in but I know that I have to test the waters first so that we don't have anarchy in the classroom.

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Don

Ladue Horton Watkins High

Your apprehension is extremely valid. From what I know, controlled chaos can be so fun! It's all about feeling ok to fail. Having your students see you fail and model for them how to resolve the problem and do it together builds community. On the flip side of that, I often create the exact video I will eventually ask my students to create. That way I learn what will go wrong, how to resolve the problems, and successfully work through and resolve the issues. What a tremendous way to learn and teach!

Over 3 Years Ago

Mindi K-R

Shelby County East Middle School

It's taking the time to work out the kinks. I am all about controlled chaos! As long as we are learning and it is ok to fail. In fact, some of the best ideas and ways come from a lesson learned. I just want to make sure that I am on top of my game and we are all on the learning path! Thanks for the reply.

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Don

Ladue Horton Watkins High

Giving up control to allow for kinks and not being perfect is a tough thing to do. Yet in my opinion, it's giving up this full control that is necessary in today's classrooms. I hope you find the balance you are seeking.

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

What do the both of you envision as the purpose of the co-created videos? Have you used any strategies to win buy-in from the more reluctant teachers so that you might scale these strategies?

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Mindi K-R

Shelby County East Middle School

Not sure but if I can involve students, I will.

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Don

Ladue Horton Watkins High

Lisa this is what I do. The purpose is media literacy lessons and allowing for students to illustrate comprehension of the subject matter in different ways. I have trained teachers to allow students the option to create a video instead of the traditional presentation requirements, ie. Powerpoints, book reports, posters etc. the strategy is to convince teachers to take a current lesson that has a culminating project and allow students the option to create a video instead. I have been able to reach teachers from K-12, every subject matter, any lesson, any time of the year.

Over 3 Years Ago

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Don

Ladue Horton Watkins High

If you would like specific lessons Lisa, I'd be glad to share them with you. I have a number of lessons and workshops I have presented on this topic.

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Lisa H Community Guide

Palmyra Area School District

Don - please share. I'd love to see what you have in place.

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Don

Ladue Horton Watkins High

Here are some of my favorites: Six-Word Story; Six Unique Shots; Enhancing Writing Through Multimedia https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/six-word-story-six-unique/id846218165?mt=11 Becoming a Citizen Journalist https://itunes.apple.com/us/course/become-a-citizen-journalist/id970147990 iAm iMovie project http://www.jeadigitalmedia.org/2011/12/19/have-broadcast-students-create-an-iam-video-project-using-the-imovie-11-film-trailer-theme/ And this last link is a full multimedia site created and maintained by students http://lhstv.weebly.com

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Ladue Horton Watkins High

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Ladue Horton Watkins High

Broadcast Technology Welcome to Ladue High School's Broadcast Technology media production. This publication offers a compilation of multimedia student productions, including blogs, and many different genres of videos and news. The site is created and produced by Ladue broadcasting students to promote student programming. Please feel free to comment or contact us with your feedback and ideas.

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