Video projects can be a huge way to cultivate an interest in the arts for your child. There are lots of reasons to try video projects in the homeschool.
1) This is a creative endeavor and your child will have to reach deep for ideas
2) Students spend so much time on electronic media each day – this is an opportunity for that time to be spent producing something meaningful.
3) Video projects can also teach students how to use language and film elements to influence people’s lives
I can imagine hearing most parents say, “But HOW?” It’s true most of us have no clue as to how to create a film, but with the extensive resources on the web… we can be fearless! But we need a few things…
1) Planning – as the guide for this instruction we will need to plan the project and set some goals. A three to seven minute video is probably a great start for Middle School to High School
2) Plan the content – You may want to use web sites that introduce the basics of filmmaking.
3) Determine the type of project such as a demonstration, narrative, public service announcement, or research.
4) Plan how the student will be graded on the project. Creating a rubric for this will definitely make it easier for both the teacher/parent and the student.
Once you’ve made your plans… it’s time to get started. However, that begins with you!
1) Introduce the concept to your student.
2) Teach them the basic premises of videography. Use a variety of methods, and make sure that they understand the process and the method of taking video, editing video, and exporting the video. You may have to have a video editing software.
Once you’ve passed along the information – it’s time for the students to begin!
1) Planning is always the first step in any great project! Plan the general concept and then share their idea so that parent/teacher can give guidance.
2) Scripting/Story boarding is the next crucial phase in creating a video project! The more organized and planned a project is – the better it will flow!
3) Film!!! This is the fun part… if your students have done all of their previous homework – this part should be easy. If your student is using a phone or ipad/ipod sound may be an issue – you may want to suggest a limited amount of dialogue. If this is the case the student will need to get their message across through the film alone.
4) Editing – this takes much longer than the actual filming. You may want your student to download a free video editing software. This article shares several of the best.
5) Submit!! Don’t let your students create a project that goes unnoticed. Help them find a way to publish their work. Easy places include Youtube, Schooltube, and even Godtube as well as Facebook – or even a video contest. Make the most of their accomplishment!