I can’t begin to add up how often I’ve seen students learning through YouTube or Help Forums. Some learning new makeup and hair routines while others reviewing video game techniques and even a few doing research for their current projects all through informal online postings. They learn these techniques from others then use them in their lives, so as their teacher why shouldn’t I see merit in this and try it myself?
So I have challenged myself to learn how to use video editing/creating software so I can create better entry events for my students projects. I have put off learning this skill for far too long! In project based learning we launch projects with something to hook the students. Some teachers use demonstrations, activities, written events or videos to get the students excited and interested in the project. I have used all of these methods but have not yet created my own launch video. I’ve seen some great work from my coworkers (see a picture of their entry event to the right) and it’s time to step up my game!
In the next five weeks I will use only “the network”, YouTube and help forums, to acquire this new skill. I will reflect through blog posts and create a sample project entry event from the skills I learn.
Some sites I plan to use are:
Lynda.com – final cut pro tutorials
YouTube_FCP1 – YouTube Tutorial (image to the left)
Final Cut Pro Site – Help Spot
Help Forum – public input forum
Wish me luck!