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Making videos

Problem-centred tasks

Making short videos for different audiences:

  • Creating a video for a school website/class blog about a school/class event or project

  • Making a 'behind-the-scenes' video of a school event

  • Making a video reflection about the learning process

  • Creating a video response to a class project

  • Making a video for a school/class film festival

  • Making a video-interview on a given/chosen topic with an expert/parent/peer

  • Making a video tutorial for peers (within or beyond school)

  • ​Creating a vlog entry about a school/class/community/family event

  • Retelling an original story from a minor character's perspective


Scaffolding activities

#1 Examples

Students watch a relevant example of the video. They explore what a  video can include and why. They identify its main components (e.g. different scenes, people, sound, captions, introduction, conclusion).

#2 Deconstructing  production

Students brainstorm the stages of video production (or organise the prompts in the right order). They generate their own plan of relevant activities (e.g. example, storyboarding, scripting, editing). 

#3 Practice run

Students use technology to record a short video . They explore how to operate the device  and/or application if they are unfamiliar with technology. The learn how to transfer the file to the computer, save and upload it.

#4 Planning

Students plan their videos  and create a draft of a storyboard, including the content, the character/s, and the setting. They consider (1) the purpose of the video, (2) the context, (3) audience. They also prepare and practise their scripts.

#5 Power of video

Students explore examples of several videos and identify the features of a good video. This includes what makes a video appealing or not to audiences. The students revise their drafts accordingly.

#6 Green screen

Students explore the role  of a green screen in video making. They consider what parts of their videos can be done with the green screen. 

#7 Lights, camera, action!

Students use available technologies to record parts of their videos. 

#8 Soundtracks

Students explore the role of the soundtrack in the videos. They experiment with different effects that can be created in their videos. 

#9 Copyright

Students learn about  copyright and  how to use a piece of copyright music legally.

#10 Editing

Students use movie-editing software to edit their videos.  They consider their goal, audience and context in deciding on the length of the video, order, transition between different parts, opening, closing, captions, subtitles.

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