Student Created Content - You Tube and Curriculum

Re-posted from my blog http://mssigman.edublogs.org/

Today I am thinking about how I feel in long meetings that don't really relate to what I want to know. I'm thinking about that "glazed-over" look that comes to my eyes and brain. I see this reflected often in my students. They get that same "glazed-over" look. They are not interested in long presentations. This is not to say that I am a "bad" teacher. My students this year indicated that they actually learned a lot in my class. Still they did not always learn all of the things I wanted to teach them.

I also spent time looking at You Tube. Most You Tube videos are between 2 and 9 minutes long. One of the most prolific and successfull You Tubers..."Fred" packs an incredible amount of story line into his 3 minute videos. Could I or students create 3-5 minute videos that distill the essential information or skill for each lesson? What about lessons in which multiple skills are taught and practiced? If I could make the presentation that short, think of the incredible amount of time for practice, collaboration and creation my students would have! What do you think? Could it work?

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Comment by Steve Tanksley on June 26, 2009 at 7:31am
Absolutely. I daughter used video to create a radio talk show book report where she mocked interviewed the characters. It came out great. She not only became more knowledgeable of the story, she learned many elements of video production as well.

You may want to use another video posting site, besides You Tube. It may be blocked by your school's filter. Teacher Tube allows you to post video and many times is not blocked because all video is screened ahead of time, though the streaming quality needs some work.

Anyway, I am very interested in video in the classroom. I would love to keep posted on your progress in integrating video.

BTW: great relaxed look on your photo.

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