Digital Literacy: Teaching Students Video Production Arts
My students need two video cameras to create informative and artistic videos. They also need a boom mic kit so they can record high quality audio outdoors.
My students learn the 3 C's of Production: Communication, Collaboration and Cooperation; this helps them learn skills to not only be successful in a video production class, but also in any environment in which they'll have to work with others.
My students are in a suburban high school with an ethnically diverse population.
Students here are creative, funny, resourceful, caring, and dedicated to their school. We value our community, and we like to think we have the most school spirit out of all the high schools in our district! Many of my students are in our Art Academy, a program that attempts to raise students' performance in core classes while engaging their natural artistic talents (drawing, painting, sculpting, etc).
I have 73 students enrolled in Digital Video Production Arts, a Fine Arts elective and UC-approved course in which students create news and entertainment programs for the entire school to view online, on our own website. I have a background in video production (working for a TV network), and I use my knowledge to teach students about the industry.
Students need new video cameras; the three cameras we have do not function properly and the versions have been altogether discontinued by the manufacturer. Video production is an art form; students will learn hands-on how to create dynamic videos by paying attention to lighting, texture, framing, actors in front of the camera, background, and other factors that affect video production. Audio is 50% of the medium, so we want to use external microphones to record quality sound. Students also learn industry analysis of digital media, production terminology, and how to write scripts for television and film.
Our class is the only class where students learn video production, and we are the only class that produces videos shared online with the entire school on a weekly basis.
Professional equipment will help students learn hands-on the dynamic art of visual storytelling. Students will take pride in what they create and share with their friends and family, and they can explore the option of pursuing video production as a potential future career.
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