Assignment: Create an educational video about a topic of my choice.
Reflection: To complete my “Back to Basics” trilogy, which included an image and a podcast, I filmed a short video about cloth diapers. I wanted to make this video practical in nature, and something that other parents would find useful in their own daily lives. The first thing I did was plan out what topics I wanted to cover, and discussed with my wife what would be the most useful for other parents to know. Then we had to plan the photo shoot, and do it at a time of day when our son was napping and there would also be plenty of light. I also had to play the role of director, explaining to my wife the kinds of shots I wanted and where she should be positioned throughout the video. Doing this project helped me understand the technical nature of creating a video, and how much work is required not only in planning a shoot but seeing it through to the editing and final production stages. One of the most important elements was planning, and as I was doing the final edits I realized how much the quality of the end result depended on the degree to which things were prepared beforehand. A project like this is an outstanding way to help students understand not only the various technical aspects of producing a video, but the importance of getting everything prepared beforehand in order to make sure the final video really does fit the vision of its creator.
Standards Addressed: TL-I Technology Operations and Concepts. TL-III.A.5 Design methods and model strategies for teaching concepts and skills that support use of media-based tools such as television, audio, print media, and graphics.