BLog 5/10 - ISTE Reflection and Sharing
I always feel that if I can walk out of a session with 3-4 strong, practical ideas for my classroom, it was worth my time. So here are my four take aways from Rushton's session.
1. Have students critique other videos.
When we do video projects in my classes I always give them a variety of examples to help get them started. The idea is that if students can see possible end products then they should be able to make their own. However, I never thought about taking the time for students to analyze what separates a good video from a bad video. It would be a wise use of class time to watch a video together and then break into small groups to discuss the positive and negative elements of the video. I am definitely incorporating this into my lessons next year.
2. Turning video creation into contests.
Competition isn't needed in all things, but it can be a healthy motivator for people to improve their performance. Rushton talked about his project Next Vista for Learning. Basically Next Vista creates contests for students and teachers to enter. Among many other things, these contests stress strong story development, proper use of copyrighted content, and important citation skills. It is something that I will pass on to our video production department, but the concept of contest creation ties into the gamification movement that is sweeping through schools.
3. A good video starts with a good script.
I don't think many Oscar winning films were made simply by a few people walking outside with a camera and filming random events and having actors ad-lib. When describing the steps to creating a video, Rushton said step one is setting a time frame. It is important to know how much time you have to work with in order to complete your task. Step two was to write the script. No video equipment has been touched yet. Don't start recording until you know what story you are going to tell.
4. Bring passion and energy to what you do.
Rushton was one of my favorite presenters during ISTE. Not only because of what he had to say, but because of the way he said it. He presented with polished skill. He was on point, very well prepared, and delivered an excellent balance of content and humor. He was a living example of a great video. Clear message presented in an engaging manner. If you ever have the chance to watch him present, do it. You won't be disappointed.
It was exciting to walk out of a session knowing that I just gained a few more specific strategies that i could easily incorporate into my classroom next fall and make lessons and projects better. Theoretical sessions are great, but I will take practical suggestions any day of the week.
Tomorrow: Money, Money, Money