Last night in ECMP 455, Dean Shareski gave an entertaining presentation on creating videos. First, he shared the different types of videos that you can create:
- talking head
- screen casts
- caught on tape
- the slide show
- the mash up
- the edited movie
Dean referred to this question several times in his presentation, “what is the purpose of your video?” He told us how important it is to think about that question when you are working on a video. Dean had several examples of videos for us to watch and discuss about creating, editing and shooting a video.
Then, we were given a set of tasks to complete in small groups. The tasks came from a website called AFI Screen Education, which this site has a handbook guide for educators to download and use. The first task was to create a short 30 second video about a door scene. We had specific parameters and limitations, which were outlined on the assignment sheet. Dean provided us all with a flip video camcorder. My group shot our video with no problems. Then, he got us to work on creating a storyboard for a new video. Our storyboards included illustrations and text to outline the next videos. This time we had us switch storyboards with another group in class and go record their ideas. It was challenging to try and record someones idea. From this task, I definitely learned about the importance of details when creating storyboards. The more details about shots, angles, dialogue and positions, the easier it is to create a video. As well, storyboards are important step to creating videos because it gives a specific outline to follow for recording a quality video.
This was my first experience with using a flip video camcorder and I loved it. It is very easy to use and practical for using in the classroom. I think that it is a good investment for teachers to have in their classroom for various lessons or activities. As well, it is very user friendly for the students to use and create their own videos. I definitely want to learn more about flip video cameras and the different ways to use it in the classroom. I would love to hear from people their ideas, thoughts and experiences using a flip video in their classroom.