Consumption, Creation And Videos!

Consumption, Creation And Videos!

Image of createI’m really enjoying reading blog posts written by Lina’s University students who are studying to be teachers. The students (in pairs) have to gain expertise in one innovative technology which they share with other students in a hour presentation and by documenting on the class wiki.

How they perceive the benefits/issues of each technology is not unlike most educators new to using technology in classrooms. Besides their Privacy and Security concerns; it seems some technologies they focus on it as an environment of consumption and fail to appreciate it’s importance for creation. No surprise, we’ve all done it. However creation normally provides the greatest learning. Do you learn more from reading a book or writing a reflection on what you learned from the book?

Video As A Resource Compared To Creating Video

Let me give you an example. Matt’s and Simon’s technology was YouTube, Teacher TV and KeepVid.

I know their presentation was excellent from reading Kate’s, Sarah’s, Lauren’s, Justin’s, Denise’s and Lina’s posts. While all these posts discussed locating videos to use in the classroom none highlighted the educational value of students creating and uploading their own videos. According to Lina’s comment Simon did speak about YouTube being a wonderful way to share videos with a more global audience.

Skills for creating movies include:

  • Researching the topic
  • Creating a story board, characters, props and sets
  • Filming the video and editing the movie

During this process students gain a deep understanding of their topic, gain digital literacy skills and can share their projects with a global audience. Dean Groom‘s year 9 students working on a Shakespeare project to create 2 minute Machinima and Kevin’s student Claymation Movies on climate change are excellent examples of the benefits of student’s creating movies using different technologies but similar design principles.

‘How To’ Guides For Creating Videos

There are numerous resources available for educators on creating videos and digital story telling. Here is just a few to get you started.

Silvia Tolisano comprehensive series on digital storytelling:

  1. Part I – Connect, Communicate, Collaborate
  2. Part II – Available tools
  3. Part III – PhotoStory Guide
  4. Part IV – Windows MovieMaker
  5. Part V – Google Maps
  6. Part VI – Voicethreads
  7. Part VII – Mixbooks
  8. Part VIII – Audacity
  9. Part IX – Wordle
  10. Digital Storytelling – Downloadable PDF Files

Alan Levine’s 50+ Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story – his 50 Ways to Tell The Dominoe Story illustrates what the same story looks when told using different Web 2.0 tools (he is now up to 63 tools).


How have you used video with your students? What resources do you recommend educators check out to learn more about creating videos with their students? What are your favourite tools for creating videos?

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6 thoughts on “Consumption, Creation And Videos!

  1. Thanks very much for this post. It’s always great to get links to new digital story telling resources.

    I have recently had my students create videos of their experience cooking spaghetti bolognaise.

    They took the photos, wrote the procedure and put it all together in iMovie. For their first turn they did a great job. I can’t wait to see how their next projects turn out.

  2. Hi,
    Video sharing is all the rage since a while now, and it does not seem to end. Everybody wants to share their videos, their passions and the things they like. There are so many sites around to publish videos on the web that it is sometimes hard to make a choice. We know some of the big players on the market like YouTube, Revver or Dailymotion, but there are so many others competing to be the number one, or targeting a specific audience, be it geographically (China, Japan, Turkey…), by language (German, Arabic, French…) or for the kind of content they focus on (cooking, planes, extreme sports…).
    I have compiled a growing list of more than 800 video sharing sites, video search engines, and video download sites that you can check at
    For each of them, you will get useful information such as their history, the country from which most of their visitors come, their niche, their rank, their latest news…
    This site offers some other interesting features, like a forum about online videos, how to make money with your videos, how to create your own YouTube site, video contests, etc.
    So if you are interested in video sharing or online video marketing, give an eye to this site, it worths it.

  3. @Concetta I went and checked out what you did with your students. That was a really good idea; both your students and Noona would have loved it. How did the food taste?

    @I like Sharing Videos Hadn’t realised there is so many video sites. Thanks for telling me about your site. Will definitely check it out in more detail.

  4. I’m glad you reminded of the 50 Ways to Tell A Story — what a great resource that is and it shows some rich exploration with digital tools.

  5. @Kevin (Dogtrax) Alan’s 50 Ways to tell a story is amazing. That is one workshop I would have loved to attend. As a presenter he is inspiring the amount of work he does to provide assistance to participants.

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