Assignment: Create an educational video.
Reflection: I think the most difficult part of making this video was choosing a subject. This was a four-week summer course so I did not have a great deal of time to plan out a detailed on-location shoot, but I did want to make a video that demonstrated a process and taught the viewers a few things. My original idea was to demonstrate basic automotive maintenance, but this proved difficult since things like harsh summer lighting and the nap times of my infant son were complicating things. So I went with the concept of making baby food instead, which is something I think could benefit many new parents. I am pleased with the results, and I hope other parents realize how cheap and easy it is to make homemade baby food. This video demonstrates something that I believe is key to any type of education: authenticity. In order for students to truly learn and internalize a concept, it must be authentic. In other words, they must be able to find relevance to the topic in their own lives. Assigning a video in order to learn the fundamentals of this type of production is one thing, but if a student can take ownership and produce a product that is relevant to his or her own life, then he or she will develop a personal investment in the learning process. And that can make all the difference in the world.
Standards Addressed: TL-V Productivity and Professional Practice. Educational technology leaders design, develop, evaluate and model products created using technology resources to improve and enhance their productivity and professional practice.