I can honestly say that this is one of the toughest assignments I’ve worked on to date! That being said, I am satisfied with the final video and will definitely be creating more videos in the future.
In PIDP 3250, one of the assignments we are given is to create a digital project on an Instructional Strategy.
You can watch my YouTube video: here
There are two parts to this project: creating the video and then reflecting on the process. Here are the steps I took to tackle this assignment:
Step 1: Understand the assignment
- Review the Assignment and marking rubric
- Watch the instructor (Doug Mauger’s) YouTube video on the assignment
- Review the examples provided (I must have watched at least 10 of them)
Step 2: Select a Technique
I reviewed the 50 instructional strategies in Part Three of the textbook “Student Engagement Techniques” and narrowed my selections to four choices: Split-Room Debate, Team Jeopardy, Role Play, or Field Trips. I decided on Split-Room Debate as I felt this was something I could implement immediately in my classes.
Step 3: Select a program to create a digital video
I started by “googling” the various digital video programs and got really overwhelmed, fast! I then took to our “Academy Lounge” discussion forum to ask what platforms my peers were working with. I also made a list of the programs those who’ve already taken the class used.
I narrowed my selection down to Powtoon or iMovie. After watching several hours worth of tutorials online, and trying both programs, I selected iMovie as it seemed the easiest for me to use.
I laugh here because this one kept me up at night! I had never before created a video and was panicked at the sheer size of the learning curve I would have to climb.
Step 4: Create the presentation
I decided to create the presentation in PowerPoint prior to creating the video. I used the guiding questions to ensure I was meeting all of the expectations as laid out in the marking rubric. Here is my presentation in PowerPoint (with references): PIDP 3250 Digital Project
Step 5: Film the presentation
Ok, now here’s where things got crazy. It took me 8 hours to film and “edit” my video. I use the term “edit” loosely because I had no clue what I was doing. It took me 8 takes to film my video; nine if you include the one where it wasn’t actually recording! I started with a 7 minute presentation, that I finally got down to under 5 minutes.
Finally, it was time to edit. I went through several themes and selected a “news” theme as that’s where I’m comfortable and I thought it worked well for the educational aspect of the project. I spent hours trying to figure out imovie. All while thinking, “I bet there are thousands of elementary school children who could do this is seconds.”
I desperately put out a call for help on Facebook. I called my Mac repair team hoping they could help. At one point during the editing, I was so stressed out that I had hives on my hands!
Ideally, I would have been able to add text to the video to break up having just me talking. Finally, I decided that one of the many videos I had made would work for the assignment and I posted it to YouTube.
Step 5: Compare my project to the technical specifications
- Max 5 mins: The video is 4 mins 44 seconds, so under the 5 minute mark. I found it hard to reduce the time while still addressing the guiding questions
- Min 3 references: I have three references in my presentation (see PowerPoint) but only spelled out 2 in my video. I found it hard to sound natural while stating references.
- Guiding questions: I answered them all including: best practices; pros & cons; personalize & provided an example of how I would use it; outlined the roles of the educator & instructor.
Step 6: Compare my project to the marking rubric
I believe I fall somewhere in the Level 3 range for this project. I would have liked more variety (slides coming in, pictures of debates taking place) to capture and hold the viewers attention to the end.
Step 7: Post to YouTube
This is my first YouTube video so I had to create an account prior to posting. Watch my video here
Step 8: Write reflection
Step 9: Post blog reflection
Step 10: Submit the link to the instructor for grading