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Classroom Video

Building Big Video
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Students and teachers can always refer to longer documentaries to augment understanding, but succinct, focused projects are most useful for the classroom. Valuable underlying material can be shaped for classroom use, though it typically needs to be reshaped, not merely "lifted." A first step in repurposing video for classroom use is referencing national content standards for a subject area, which will help you focus story and content.

In addition, advisors -- teachers, teacher trainers, and other experts -- are useful in identifying what teachers need most help with, and what most interests kids, in a classroom. Advisors are also useful in reviewing scripts and rough cuts.

To shape video materials for classroom use, you may need to create new animation to sharpen kids' understanding of the content, especially in math and science. Similarly, social studies content may require additional maps or charts to be generated. Consider shooting kid-friendly interviews with younger experts, experts of color, and women to make the videos more accessible. Finally, you may want to add narrative elements, such as kids' personal stories, to bring the material alive for students. Very often, you will need to re-write and re-record narration to suit your target audience.

Classroom Video Production & Distribution

Teacher Professional Development Video

Educators need, want, and benefit from seeing examples of effective practice. Video provides opportunities to watch other teachers in action, implementing specific strategies and content in recognizable settings, through a process that unfolds over time. In addition, visual images can be used to prompt and inform group analysis, discussion, inquiry, and reflection. Usually not developed as "how-to" guides, classroom videos capture a range of content and methodology, reflecting research-based best practices, like standards for teaching and learning. They bridge theory and practice, offering rich images of what is possible for teacher professional development.

Teacher Professional Development Video Production & Distribution

Enhanced DVD

DVDs have a digital advantage over VHS formats as educational outreach materials. They offer easy access to scene selection, eliminating the guesswork of finding a particular scene on tape. Also, enhancements can be created and packaged with the broadcast program, creating an experience that can be analogous to broadband delivery of supplemental materials. These enhancements can be tailored to curriculum objectives and provide additional information in a compelling and accessible format for students, especially in classrooms without Internet connections.

Enhanced DVD Production & Distribution

Video for the Web

Evolution Web Video
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When you produce video for the Web, you need to balance video production values and Web production values. Both should serve the educational mission. Ultimately, Web video appears in a context in which it is surrounded by other material, such as text, navigation, images, even computer desktop clutter. Accordingly, it is generally a small part of the overall presentation and must work within that presentation rather than seek to dominate it.

Video Production for the Web

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