Creating Instructional Videos
Lesson idea. This lesson idea involves the use of technology to enable pupils to create their own instructional videos(i). These videos were given a real audience, and therefore gave the children a purpose for their work, by being uploaded to YouTube as a resource for others to use.
Children were first asked to select their own topic for the video. These ranged from tea-making, plum-tree planting and hamster-feeding to e-safety and cartwheels. They were then required to use the features of the instructional text genre to help them to create a script and story-board for their own video. The children then filmed their scenes and, finally, edited them together, adding text, voice-overs and other effects to create their final film. They used Apple Mac computers running iMovie Software.
At the end of the project, the films were shared with others at a Hollywood-style awards ceremony, before being uploaded to the internet.
Teaching approach. This activity is a cross-curricular(subject) activity with a literacy focus, involving a collaborative(tool) approach, giving children to opportunity to work together to produce a set of instructional resources. Children were encouraged to engage in group talk(ta) and discussion(ta) in the classroom to reflect on what they should include in their videos. The activity furthers e-skills(topic) through the use of whole class(ta) participation. It develops e-safety(topic) skills through discussion of the issues relating to posting digital content online. Children were allowed to choose their own subject for the video, although this could be set by a teacher with a specific outcome in mind, or could be tailored to cover a particular topic or subject. It could, for instance, be used to explain their mathematical thinking(ta). (edit)
|Title||Creating Instructional Videos|
|Topic||E-skills, E-safety, ICT|
|Learning Objectives|| |
To create an instructional resource using digital video
|Age of students / grade|
|Additional Resources/material needed|| |
Video Cameras, laptops, video editing software
|Related ORBIT Wiki Resources|| |
Case Study: 21st century show and tell
|Files and resources to view and download|| |
This lesson idea comes from the DEFT case study 21st century show and tell. The whole case study is available for reading and downloading here: http://www.digitalfutures.org/index.php/case-studies/schools/school-case-study-9/