Creating Instructional Videos

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Children create instructional videos to upload to YouTube

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.[1]

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)

Resource details
Title Creating Instructional Videos
Topic E-skills,  E-safety,  ICT
Teaching approach
Learning Objectives

To create an instructional resource using digital video

Subject
Age of students / grade
Additional Resources/material needed

Video Cameras, laptops, video editing software

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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/