Today we are setting the space for creativity. I have spent the last month throwing ideas of deep work for the girls to dive into. Fine there have been cardboard musical instruments and art pieces capturing the changing seasons, but nothing they can come back to again and again. Finally something clicked yesterday with Ms4 announcing she wanted to make a movie. Things have since gotten serious. We have the green screen out, Touchcast going, props strewn everywhere, ideas flying this way and that, as well as some compromise and collaboration. Feel like there might be an opportunity for Austin’s Butterfly at some point, however it is at least a bit more structured activity associated with recording video. Also feel Ms9 was left inspired by Fiona Hardy’s great novel How to Make a Movie in 12 Days about what is involved.
Bookmarked The Educator’s Guide To Using Video In Teaching And Learning (The Edublogger)

In an era of remote teaching and learning due to the global pandemic, teachers and students are relying on video more than ever before.

Video in education can mean a lot of things:

  • Teachers finding and sharing videos someone else has made
  • Educators creating their own videos, often as a screencast or piece to camera
  • Teachers hosting video conferences
  • Students creating their own videos — tutorials, reflections, stop motion, animation or more

Video is an everyday part of most students’ lives and can be a crucial tool in a remote learning curriculum.

But what tools and equipment should you use to create videos, screencasts, or live conferences? Where can you find high-quality videos that others have made? And what’s the best way to share videos you’ve made with others?

This guide will help.

Kathleen Morris has continued sharing resources to support with the move to online learning. This time it is a thorough guide on the use of video. This includes forms of video, applications, techniques, editing software and means of sharing.

A couple of applications that I have found useful in the past are TouchCast and Adobe Spark Video.

Bookmarked A Very Short Free Course In EFFECTIVE Educational Video Creation (Joel Speranza)

So you need to make educational videos. In 12 minutes, this free course will take you from beginner to pro. Guaranteed or your money back.

Joel Speranza has put together a series of instructional videos that unpacks his process of creating instructional videos. This includes embracing mistakes, teaching fast, making shorter videos, chunking concepts, capturing the essence early, showing your face, using the pause button when recording, making a schedule and the different techniques.

For a different take, Speranza also created an infographic summarising how to create video. He also discusses the flipped workflow and how to build a budget lightboard.

I have explored flipped learning in the past, however my focus was in regards to curating content. The more I explore this area when supporting schools, the more I am discovering the power of video. Kathleen Morris has also put together a thorough guide on the topic for Edublog.

Liked Opinion | This Video May Not Be Real (nytimes.com)

In the video Op-Ed above, Claire Wardle responds to growing alarm around “deepfakes” — seemingly realistic videos generated by artificial intelligence. First seen on Reddit with pornographic videos doctored to feature the faces of female celebrities, deepfakes were made popular in 2018 by a fake public service announcement featuring former President Barack Obama. Words and faces can now be almost seamlessly superimposed. The result: We can no longer trust our eyes.

Bookmarked How far will digital video go? (Bryan Alexander)

Let’s envision video as our default setting in life. In this future we prefer to communicate through video, as opposed to all other mechanisms, so during a given day we participate in videoconferences as often as we check emails or text one another today. We consume content primarily through video – i.e., we’re watching stuff pretty frequently. We also make video, either by passive recording (having systems record our lives) or actively creating video content (recording, remixing, editing, sharing).

Bryan Alexander discusses the possible future of video as a medium. He provides a number of scenarios, including responsive interfaces everywhere. He also explores some of the possible responses to this, such as revulsion at deepfakes and destruction of screens. What is not discussed is the data associated with all of this.
Bookmarked Video in situ (John Stewart)

There are a few programs playing with instructional video in really interesting ways. At OU, we have moved away from back-of-the-class lecture capture, producing instead sets of short videos where the instructor explains the key concepts. We have built a light screen so instructors can write like the would on a white board while looking into the camera and talking to the students. I think this takes us passed the poor substitution standard and into augmentation.

John Stewart reflects on the way in which the La Blogothèque website / YouTube channel redefines the video experience, creating new and unique possibilities. He wonders if the same changes could be incorporated into the filming of educational videos for blended and online courses, in particular, the possibilities for capturing field work. I have written about the Take Away Shows before, discussing the possibility of redefining the whole pedagogical experience. The reference to capturing field work reminds me of an early Google Glass exercise capturing CERN.
Watched Creativity Tips #11-20 for #LDvid30 from AmusED

I can’t believe I’ve finished 20 of these – 10 more to go! I’ve really enjoyed coming up with something each day…particularly trying to correlate with a daily event or a metaphor I’ve come across in my day-to-day living. Most amusing, of course, are all the “fails” from the voice recognition….maybe that will be a blooper roll.

Amy continues her creativity tips with another set.
This video was a contribution to Alan Levine’s 2015 K12 Online Conference presentation ‘True Stories of Open Sharing

I often stop and wonder, how did I get here? It wasn’t one particular moment, rather a series of interconnected happenings which makes up my ‘unexpected adventure’. I first had a go at telling this fractured story on my blog. However, every time I think about it, other people and events seem to stand out.