The video project – where do I begin? I have experimented with digital story telling before, but this was different – I was creating an iMovie to use as an exemplar with my students, so I was going through all the steps they would be going through. The task was to select a children’s right and select a country where children may not always have this right, then find data and information to explain who isn’t getting this right and why and what could be done about it. Finally students would be expected to create an iMovie communicating this information. Perhaps for once I’ll use bullet points.
Things I learned in creating my video:
- It’s harder than you think to interview someone on video.
- Think carefully about how your video extracts might fit into your movie and tailor your questions accordingly.
(As you can see I have no video extracts – I did interview someone but discovered too late that the questions asked just didn’t fit with my task)
- Create your script first.
- Compfight does have a good range of pictures – but it’s time consuming to select them. Put them in a folder and label them in some way.
- It’s OK to dwell on a photograph for a while and use photos again
- Keep a record of who took each photo – you need to credit each picture that’s not yours.
- Record your voice-over in short sections – that way you’re less likely to make a mistake.
- Talking slowly and clearly takes time – so don’t try to say too much
- Try to vary your voice tone to avoid sounding boring – don’t think I always managed this!
- It’s easy to record a video playing on your screen – this is the ‘how to’ video that told me how to do this:
- The whole process is hugely time consuming and addictive.
- It’s never going to be quite right – at some point you have to decide it’s ‘good enough’.
I’m still not sure what to do about music. I’d like my students to upload their final products on to sites that will reach a wider audience, so I’m not sure if they can use well known tracks. I used music composed and played by my son as a way of getting around this, but I’d be grateful for any advice.
I’m also wondering if ‘the juice is worth the squeeze’. Hopefully my experiences and the students own knowledge will help them create their videos in less time, but I will definitely be giving students other options.