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STUDENTS AS VIDEO MAKERS

Did you know that 25% of users on TikTok are between the ages of 10 and 19?
 

Their generation logs onto this video-based platform and creates original video clips with ease. Putting an educational spin on video creation reveals a surprising depth of skills and a high level of potential for synthesized learning.

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Learn more with our white paper, How Video Creation Supports Knowledge Building in K–12 Classrooms.

 
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Synthesized Learning 

In order to create a video around a topic like the causes of earthquakes, students go through a number of sense-making and skill-building exercises:

Content knowledge 

As educators know, in order to present on a topic you need to have a much deeper conceptual understanding than your audience. Students creating a video on earthquakes would first need to study up on the various causes of this natural phenomenon. This might involve looking up vocabulary terms, reading articles or books, doing internet research, viewing videos, and speaking with experts. Because the process would be student-led, this kind of knowledge building is greater in depth and more likely to be remembered long-term. 

Project management


Prior to hitting “record,” several aspects of the video must be planned and managed. These aspects include length, scope, audience, scripting, presentation style, imagery, effects, and logistics such as using a cameraperson and/or cue cards. During the filming of original content, students need to consider location, background, sound issues, and lighting. After filming, students will need time to edit their content. Depending on the age of the student, this might vary from simply splicing pre-made video clips together and overlaying a scripted voiceover, to a more complex layering and manipulation of sound, graphics, and video pieces. 

Collaboration 


As evidenced by video platforms like YouTube and TikTok, many students are able to create their own videos without help from others. However, the varied nature of video creation projects makes group work a great option. Through group work, students can let their specific talents shine—whether it’s scriptwriting or editing. In addition, group work gives them an opportunity to practice communication and teamwork skills, while also learning from their teammates.

 

Reading, writing, speaking, and listening

 
No matter the subject matter of the video being created, students practice their English Language Arts skills when creating video content through researching, planning, communicating, and creating voice-overs. Video creation projects provide a platform for students learning English to practice pronunciation of new terms and speaking the language. 


 

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Learn more with our white paper, How Video Creation Supports Knowledge Building in K–12 Classrooms.

 
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Easy Implementation: Twig Create

 

While the benefits of having students create their own video projects are researched and plain to see, finding time to design lessons and projects that both accomplish this kind of learning and meet standards can be a challenge.

 

Well, it used to be a challenge, before Twig Create. 

 

Twig Create is our new multimedia makerspace that provides thousands of pre-made video clips and a platform that allows students to easily splice them together, add their own videos, and overlay them with voice-overs, text, and music to create stunning video projects. 

 

For teachers, we have created standards-based projects across science, ELA, and social studies, complete with everything you need to get your students started, facilitate the process, and prove that you are meeting—and even exceeding—expected learning standards. 

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