A “How-To” series for our new reality.
Welcome to another new series that we will be releasing over the next few months, as we talk tools of the trade for the digital classroom. Our goal in this series is not to persuade you to use digital tools in the classroom as recent world events have made that discussion moot. Our goal is going to be to help you expand your knowledge and skills in using some of the tools of the digital classroom to more effectively and more efficiently provide resources to your students and maximize your work flow. While this series will not be intentionally device or software specific my goal is to use tools I have experience with to give you practical but also broadly applicable best practices.
Point of departure
We are going to start with “Video” as the first broad category because even though we as teachers and students seem to be swimming in video in the new Zoom/Meet reality, how much of the video we use and how we use it is used intentionally and reflectively? We will start with the differences in video for learning as compared to video for entertainment, while touching on length, format, and expectations. A little later we will move specifically to hardware and software tools followed by discussions of the sub-categories of education videos and their various uses. We will get into student driven versus teacher driven video. Finally, we will move through integrating video, interaction tools, learning software, etc into effective frameworks that further a digital classroom that is sustainable for both teachers and students.
Let’s get started…
Among the very first things that needs to be addressed are the basics of good video. In this world of recorded or streamed Zoom and Meets we have a number of bad habits and bad video attributes that are not helping us communicate and teach students. To be clear, I am a professional educator and NOT a videographer. When I say “basics” of good video, I mean really really basic elements to get information communicated not techniques for beautiful or artistic video. Our goal as teachers is the communication of information not the evocation of emotion, and this is just one of the many things that separates education video from entertainment video. With all of that in mind, let’s get started.
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