Video Rulebooks

There has been lots of talk about instructional videos lately.  Video cameras have become smaller, more accessible and cheaper.  It has also become easier to manipulate the video using FREE programs.  And now the craze of the FLIP has made  it a breeze to take video, download it to a computer and have it forever.  Oh, and have I mentioned YouTube?

Thanks to the blog dy/dan, I found out that the NBA is creating a video rulebook.

My friend Dave is creating videos of teachers in his school.

I used my Flip to record my 97-year-old grandmother talking about growing up.  She’s now on YouTube for my family to have forever.  (Sorry, it’s a private link.)

Ok…now go to the online store of ASCD or other professional/educational organizations.  You can buy all sorts of videos that are designed to help teachers teach better…to help administrators administrate better.

I’m waffling between the effect of using a video with teachers from your own district (time spent creating = high) verses purchasing a video of strangers doing the same thing (time spent creating = none).  Is the impact greater if you can capture great things in your own district?  Is the payoff larger if people can follow up with the “movie stars” personally?  Should districts create a youtube like environment for their in-house movies?  Do video tutorials have a huge impact on teachers and administrators?

Then there is the idea of video living forever.  And what are the consequences for people that live on in these videos?  The teacher is videotaped in their second year of teaching.  Twenty years later this teacher becomes the Secretary of Education for the Malia Obama presidential admistration.  (Ha!)  Would there be an impact?  If work created in the K-12 environment has copyright that belongs to the school, how do you protect those involved?  Can a person be protected?

So many questions, so little time.


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  1. Hi Erin,

    Your post is a useful starting point for folks exploring video in the classroom. I agree that the Flip is a very affordable option for schools.

    I did a blog post on using Flip and creating a how to video along the lines of the Common Craft model

    What I like about Common Craft is that without extras – props, sets, on screen dialogue, etc – students can create a wide variety of explanations.

    Most importantly they get to practice their summarizing skills.

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