Friday, January 20, 2012

National Writing Project Posts High School Students' Videos

Looking for some examples of videos produced by students that tell us story. Some excellent ones are posted on the National Writing Project site via using Vimeo to post the student examples.

Here is one example.

NWP Resource-Poem from D Filipiak on Vimeo.

Check the site to hear other students tell their story. . Don't forget to return to this blog to post your response. What did you think of the student videos? What ideas did you get for implementing for video technology, movie making, or digital storytelling from watching the videos?

Here are some additional links to find the students' digital stories at the National Writing Project site:

Overcoming Devastation
Obstacles for Dreams
Research Interview (Graffiti)


Jamee Freitag said...

I think that my students, 6-8th graders in Hartford, Connecticut, would benefit from seeing these videos. I have heard too many times that "we're ghetto", "we're not going to college", "I don't need to try hard" from these students. Many of them are already giving up on school by the age of 13. By showing these videos, raps, and essays, that discuss real life, serious, struggles that most of my students have been through themselves, I feel as though they may begin to take learning, and writing, more seriously.

Mary Beth Cadieux said...

This is so much more powerful than viewing a powerpoint. Putting speech and music in the presentation really made the message come alive. I think students would benefit form viewing and constructing videos such as these, because they will be working directly with tone. Once students start to work with tone and mood through music then they can transfer this knowledge into text. Additionally, I think having students create short films allows them to gain 21st Century skills that would be valuable in both the job market and hirer education. Furthermore, I think it also important for students to learn to critically evaluate media, because they are evaluated with it constantly. Utilizing videos such as this students can look for bias, propaganda, appeal to reason, or appeal to impact.