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MyTube: Make a Video Public Service Announcement


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MyTube: Make a Video Public Service Announcement

Grades 7 – 12
Activity Time 30- to 40-minute sessions over multiple days
Publisher International Literacy Association

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February 07, 2013

Not all children have to be in front of the camera when making a video. They can take different roles.
Creating videos allows them to practice 21st century skills.


Wes Ford

January 20, 2012

Hello everyone!

There have been a few comments asking "why make a video?" First off, research has shown that sharing work is an integral part of the writing process, the final cap to creativity. The prevalence user-driven content sites like YouTube and FaceBook show this. The recognition for work well done is a good motivator, and feedback from peers can help students learn.

A play would work as well, of course, but it will not reach the audience that a YouTube video can, nor does it meet current students in the digital world in which they live. Self-produced Internet video is a part of every day life, something that current students are entirely immersed in and comfortable with. A play might not be as appealing, nor does it teach the 21st century skills of video recording, editing, and posting.

And any time students have a lesson that involved working online, it is another chance for teachers and parents to reenforce Internet safety, critical analysis of webpages for trust-ability, and appropriate online behavior such as what it and what is not a good thing to post on line or share with others. This lesson cannot be stressed enough.

Finally, the reason a video was highlighted here is because we at ReadWriteThink are always trying to push the technology envelope and increase the use of new technologies and 21st century learning. We are, after all, a website. Teachers and parents come online to get information and share their successes. We feel students should be able to do the same, and so we actively promote the use of current technologies.

Thanks for your comments!

Wes Ford
Associate Editor



December 07, 2011

i think thats a good idea but why do we need to make a video when we can make like a play or something....i mean im a reading teacher. but i thing i wil use that as a good warm up or something funn lke that.



October 26, 2011

well this is really cool but what kind of stuff can i talk about in my video



May 20, 2010

Hi, Peytin,
Making a video or podcast or still photo story allows students to demonstrate their learning in their own words. I have a few examples from one of our elementary sites on our wiki http://gusdtech.wikispaces.com/ES+Keppel Many of these are award winners or recognized by our Chamber of Commerce.



May 18, 2010

My students would love this activity. I think I'll use it as a project culminating activity after reading 1984.



March 08, 2010

Why would our students need to make a video?
I think it would be more acceptable if they made an SA.
And for the video most children in my class are shy or scared to make one.



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