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Digital Video in the Classroom

Welcome to the premiere issue of Digital Video in the Classroom. This supplement is the result of a collaboration between sister CMP Media publications, DV and Technology & Learning. You've been chosen from our broader subscriber lists to receive this issue because you fit the general demographic of school or district
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Welcome to the premiere issue of Digital Video in the Classroom. This supplement is the result of a collaboration between sister CMP Media publications, DV and Technology & Learning. You've been chosen from our broader subscriber lists to receive this issue because you fit the general demographic of school or district technology coordinator. We recognize your key role in making decisions about how technology-including digital video technology-is integrated into the daily school curriculum. Chances are your responsibilities include training teachers and administrators, budgeting for and purchasing products, keeping your staff apprised of the latest technological developments, and demonstrating the power technology offers to engage, motivate, and instruct kids.

The pressures of No Child Left Behind legislation, including the new focus on testing and reporting, along with cutbacks in state education budgets across the nation, make this a particularly challenging moment in history for educators. At the same time, it remains our mandate to continue to innovate. Yes, technology has helped facilitate so many of the tasks we used to do by hand, but how widespread is its use as a tool to help drive new approaches to teaching and learning? To be prepared for the 21st-century work environment, our kids need more than just high scores on standardized tests. They need to know how to investigate, evaluate, collaborate, and revise, as we all do in the "real world" workplace. As you know, technology, used well, can make this happen.

To that end, we bring you the first in our quarterly series on using digital video in schools.

In this issue, our experts focus on the what, why, and how of integrating digital video into your lessons. Included are overviews of the core technologies of digital video-Cameras (page 10), Lighting (page 22), and Editing (page 26), as well as a case study on how Mendocino County's Pathways Program (page 32) has been successfully integrating video in ninth and tenth grade language arts and social sciences curriculum for 12 years. In addition, we invite you to pass along "Showcasing Your Students' Work" (page 36) and Hall Davidson's "Making Connections" (page 18) to your less technically savvy colleagues. We've tried to strike a balance between technical detail and practical in-context how-tos for implementing digital video in ways to engage your kids. And to help you substantiate the case for a more enhanced learning experience through digital video, we've included sidebars on page 36 that offer direct tie-ins between curriculum standards and exciting projects, such as school television productions, staging imaginative debates between historical characters, and more.

Let's face it. Our kids are a visual generation. Encourage your kids to embrace the power of digital video to create their own projects, to tell their own stories, and to guide their own learning in ways previous generations could only dream of.

We hope you'll find this first issue helpful, and we invite your feedback. Enjoy.

Susan McLester, editor in chief, T&L

Dominic Milano, editorial director, DV

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10 Great Ways to Use Digital Video Cameras in the Classroom

Throughout the year, the seniors in Bob Wood’s current-issues class at Oakridge High School in Muskegon, Michigan, ask friends and family to interview them. They hand their interviews in with an essay in which they elaborate on what they said in them.

Meaningful Digital Video for Every Classroom

Technology has made a difference. As a teacher, trainer, and media festival director for more than 20 years, I have long been aware of the educational potential for videos and videomaking for any school project. But in practice, videomaking in the classroom takes dedication, inspiration, and plenty of extra time, not

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Tools and Tips for the Flipped Classroom

These days many teachers are thinking about flipping their classrooms. Incase you’ve been offline for the last year, flipping a class means taking normalclassroom activities, such as lectures or demonstrations, and substitutingthem for activities that are typically done outside of the classroom.

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Classroom video contest opens

Pearson is asking teachers nationwide to enter a video contest to share their individual classroom experiences with NovaNET and NovaNET Courseware.

Career Education in the Digital Age

from Technology & Learning What vocational education has to teach mainstream programs about 21st century learning. Traditionally, the industrial arts wing of a typical American high school contrasted sharply with the rest of the school. Instead of silent hallways with classrooms of students sitting

Cameras in the Classroom

I've recently been working on an instructional video program for teachers called "Teaching Through Technology." I've observed many tech-ed programs throughout the state of Wisconsin, and have been struck by the realization that the best of these programs aren't just about videography, or editing, or writing-they are

Analog to Digital video conversion

Question: How can my students convert an analog video signal into a digital signal? The IT Guy says: You may be able to use a digital camcorder as a “pass through” device to do this conversion. Connect a VCR with video and audio “out” plugs into the camcorder and connect it via firewire or USB to your

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Creating Video in Classrooms

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.

Moving Voices: Digital Filmmaking in the Global Classroom

Slowly but surely, digital video technology has made its presence felt in education. One has only to look at the various Websites of schools and universities to find one or more pages offering a downloadable or streamed video about a program, event, conference, classroom activity, lecture highlights, graduation