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James Denby
Middle School Teacher

Media creation vs FINDING media

What are some of your favourite ways to encourage students to create their own media for projects? (instead of finding existing media)

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Albert Thomas

Posted on 12/2/16 5:37:45 PM Permalink

I enjoy showing students YouTube creators and having a discussion about how they started. Often students see the just where someone is now and not how they got there. Once we have that conversation, we start with a passion and then I have them create anything based on their passion.

Bob Tuttle

Posted on 8/18/16 2:48:31 AM Permalink

I start one of two ways based on the clas I am teaching. If I am teaching a products class, like Photoshop, Indesign, any of the video based programs, I ask the class to submit a subject they are interested in. I them group those, and then the class votes on the subject (rarely multiple). Then we discuss how to collect media for that subject. The students then collect the media and I split the class into groups to work on projects. In the case of a subject class like History, we select an event or person from the time frame we are studying and then collect media - generally from the internet, library, and other resources. It is amazing watching students get excited because they are more involved in the process - instead of being dictated to.

James Denby

Posted on 8/23/16 9:31:37 PM Permalink

Sounds awesome, Bob. With so much available out there for 'free', it's really tempting for students to just find media (images, clips, etc.) for their projects. With the tools available to them, however, the real power of tech is in creating media. Whether it's taking original photos, recording audio/video, or drawing, there is greater intellectual engagement (and challenge) when students are creating/remixing/editing their own media.