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Taping School Events
School videos range from simple video classroom reports, through major classroom team projects, to ongoing school wide efforts. This page presents video production examples as a springboard for ideas for your own video production projects.
Remember: The best school video projects meet the needs and abilities of students, conform to the classroom schedule, develop curriculum objectives and make efficient use of the school's available video equipment.
Here are several video examples. Next to each are some production notes, including purpose and/or the use of audio equipment (all of these scenes could be lit with two 600 watt base lights).
Record a series of "on-the-street" reactions to a single question on a school, community, national or world issue. If the question is one of national or global interest, incorporate campus interviews with clips from interviews on copyright-free video to compare campus opinion with heard voices around the world.
Gather family photographs, maps, vacation brochures and other family documents to record an oral history. Include interviews with family members. Incorporate these tapes into a multicultural presentation for a PTA meeting or for special viewing in the media center.
How To Do It
Write, produce and direct a "how-to" videotape on some helpful skill such as using a computer or checking out a book. Set these up as "check outs" in the library.
Produce a series of student/teacher-made video lessons to guide small group or individual learning activities in both classroom and take-home situations.
Research and produce a video report, adding more current information to a text topic by using related video and visuals with a voice-over narration. If possible, include interviews with local authorities on the topic.
A Day In The Life…
Use a camcorder with a time-lapse feature to record the day's activities in locations such as the library, gym, administrative office, science lab, classroom, etc.
A Day With…
Record events in the day of a teacher, administrator, coach, media specialist, secretary, janitor, athlete or other school member. Obtain the subject's permission before beginning your plan.
Videotape the daily progress on a long-term school project, then include the tape as part of the finished product.
Produce public service messages to play over the school's closed-circuit television system. Include helpful hints and reminders about items such as paper recycling, saving electricity, important sports, performance and social dates, etc.
Produce a newscast combining national, state, local and school items. Insert clips from copyright-free video and prepare the necessary graphics and props to accompany the "local" portion of the newscast.
School Service Commercial
Make a commercial for the school media center, counseling office or clinic to advertise some material or service available to students and teachers.
Video Pen Pals
Establish a video-pal club with a school in another state or country. Start the tape exchange with video introductions of club members (what they are studying, what they like to do, what they like to eat, etc.). Additional exchange tapes might highlight the schools, the communities, the geographic areas or a classroom topic.
Prepare a video yearbook using both still and moving pictures to highlight the year's events.
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