The tools to produce video content for and in the classroom are affordable and easy to use. By allowing your students to produce video, they can become not just consumers of media and technology, but producers of digital content! Edutopia put together this excellent list of valuable links for teachers and student filmakers.
The only link they missed was Videoguys.com as a fantastic source for video editing and production gear. We publish white papers, user stories, reviews, FAQs, DIY guides and more on the Videoguys blog. We offer special educational and student discounts on most of our software. In addition many school quotes qualify for an academic 5% discount.Edutopia by Erin Borovoy
5-Minute Film Festival: Resources for Filmmaking in the Classroom
I'll admit I'm a bit biased here since I'm a filmmaker by trade, but I truly believe the process of planning and making videos can offer tremendous learning opportunities for students of almost any age. Not only is the idea of telling stories with video really engaging for many kids, filmmaking is ripe with opportunities to connect to almost every academic subject area. As the technology to shoot and edit films becomes more ubiquitous, where is a teacher with no experience in video production to begin? I've shared some resources below to help you and your students get started on making blockbusters of your own.
As you can see, there are so many things to learn when it comes to basic filmmaking, and there are countless resources available to help get you started. I didn't even dig into sound, lighting, or scripting in the selection above, but you can find tutorials on every aspect of filmmaking on YouTube. Try some of the channels linked from the playlist for more. The list below includes some articles I've enjoyed on the value of filmmaking and digital storytelling for kids. Plus, there are some lesson plans that will help give you ideas. Share your favorite resources in the comments below, and I'll see you at the movies!
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