Video is shaping the world around us.
Students watch videos all the time, and
media literacy is a 21st century skill that
involves being able to analyze and understand
the media they see and to create
their own media productions.
Today’s young people enjoy all types
of media and are facile with it. When
schools capitalize on this affinity by integrating
technologies into classroom activities,
students are more engaged. When
students are engaged, they are learning.
Using video forces students to make
connections, delve to find deeper meaning,
and understand issues and processes.
They learn to analyze, synthesize, and
evaluate as they create. It involves higher
order thinking skills, writing, teamwork,
planning, producing and sharing using
Video is so versatile that students can
learn in every subject area. From creating
school-wide daily news broadcasts to classroom
documentaries to language practice
and filming events, there’s a use for video
everywhere. Here’s how to make it happen.
The Process: Prepare, Plan, Present
10 Reasons to Have Students Create
¦ Prepare. Use the 10 reasons below to
convince stakeholders that video is
THE technology to use.
¦ Plan and create. Use the 9 steps below
in any subject area or grade level.
¦ Present and share. Show everyone
what students have accomplished.
9 Steps to Creating a Video
1. is fun – and learning should be fun!
2. engages and excites students.
3. helps students to express a real understanding
of core classroom content.
4. helps students retain what they learn.
5. allows students to express their creativity.
6. requires students to practice “real-life”
skills of planning and organization, time
management, cooperation, communication,
problem solving, information synthesizing,
leadership and followership.
7. utilizes whole curriculum skills: reading,
researching, writing, speaking, listening
and math skills.
8. requires students to think at a higher
9. leads students to improve their technology
10. helps them to develop problem-solving
1. Brainstorm a topic or idea
2. Create a plan and rubric: What will
happen? Know what you want for
the end project. Who will do what?
Know who is accountable for each
task. Students take on tasks (producer,
writer, director, editor, etc.) and share
3. Scripting: Students write, rewrite, and
continue the writing process through
multiple drafts. The script must have
an introduction, body, conclusion and
4. Storyboarding/Scripting: Sketch out
scenes that the video project will have.
5. Sets/Props and Costumes: Plan the
place/ backgrounds the video will use.
Make sure there is enough light and
free of background noise. Creating
Costumes – THINK SIMPLE
6. Rehearse: Students must learn their
lines. Create cue cards if needed.
7. Shoot the video
8. Editing and Post Production: Use editing
software to put the scenes together,
add music, edit sound, add special
effects and credits.
9. Share: Upload to a class or school website;
Create a DVD; Show at an assembly
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Video: Tools and Strategies to
Engage Students in Learning