Video projects can be a great way to teach students to plan, organize, write, communicate, collaborate, and analyze. Using video could be as simple as recording a student skit or as elaborate as a student produced original short film. There are many apps available that can fit your need. In order to ensure the project is meaningful and contains substance I recommend the following steps:
- Outline: Students should start by outlining what they have to say, what they intend to show, and their main points.
- Script: Whether the students are going to perform in their video, use a voice-over, or simply write captions, they should know what they are going to say before they begin.
- Storyboard: Students often have higher expectations than they can actually deliver. Having them present a storyboard before filming, makes them plan each step of the process and encourages them to gather resources in advance. ReadWriteThink, a website sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has this rubric for assessing storyboards.
- Filming: The key to a good video project is the actual raw footage. Consider blocking a few times for recording and having an alternate activity available for the rest of the students.
- Editing: Tools such as iMovie, easily allow students to add soundtracks, voice overs, special effects, captions, and titles. Visit EdTech's video apps page for ideas and a list of free apps
- Publishing: Online video sharing sites (YouTube & Vimeo) and class websites provide students with an even broader audience. Before publishing a student video, make sure that you have checked your school’s Acceptable Use Policy, and also made sure that copyright infringement has not occurred. For more information on the latter topic, check out this Creative Commons page.