20 Ideas for Student-Created Video
When I was in high school, my friends and I loved any opportunity to create a video for school. These were always large, culminating projects at the end of a major unit, often at the end of a novel study. We would spend a week filming and editing our project. We would create two or three videos a year.
Now, students can easily create two or three videos a day. It’s so easy for students to record videos of almost anything in a classroom and use it to document their learning. These can be quick reflections using a Chrome Extension like Screencastify or can be pushed further by using an app like WeVideo to edit together multiple clips.
Teachers should take advantage of the access students have for video production. Here are twenty possibilities for using video in the classroom:
- Book Reflections – Have students talk about their reading and thinking at the end of the week.
- Book Commercials – Students who finish a book and want to recommend it to others could create a quick commercial.
- Book Trailer – Students collect images for a trailer, edit them together, and provide the voice-over narration.
- Fluency – Take a fluency assessment via video.
- Fluency Improvement – Have students record their first reading and final reading of a passage throughout a week of instruction to see their growth.
- Parent Communication for Reading – Parents often underestimate or overestimate their child’s reading ability. Have students read a grade-level passage and share the video with parents.
- Evidence of Revision – Students could provide narration for a screencast of a Google Document. Using Revision History, they could discuss the improvement they made to their writing.
- Writing Exit Slip – Ask students to make a quick video showing how they used the day’s mini-lesson to improve their writing.
- How-To Math Videos – Students could record their explanations of math processes, clearly letting the teacher know if they understand.
- Math Exit Slip – Pose a question based on the math lesson and have students do a screencast as a response.
- Science Experiment Documentation – Have students record trials during a science experiment.
- Hypothesis vs. Conclusion – After a science experiment, ask students to reflect on what they learned, referencing their original hypothesis.
- Further Thoughts – In every subject, there are often interesting discussions. However, some students are always hesitant to raise their hands to participate. Ask students to record their thoughts at the end of the discussion to ensure 100% participation.
- A Day in the Life – Parents love to know what their children are doing. Have students create and edit a video of what they do during the day.
- Project Check-in – Keep tabs on students’ progress on major projects by having them submit a video showing their progress.
- Time-Lapse – Use video to show change over time. This would make a neat end-of-year project about a topic like seasons.
- Field Trip – Have students create a video reflecting on what they learned on a field trip.
- All About Me – Let students create a video early in the year as a way to introduce themselves.
- Questions – Provide a way for students to use video to ask you questions they might not be brave enough to ask in person.
- EL Support – Help EL students see their growth using video throughout the year.
Don’t worry, I haven’t actually even done half of these ideas…yet. However, a tool like video has endless applications, and it is important to imagine the possibilities. Do you have other favorite ways to use videos in the classroom? Or maybe you have ideas you have just dreamed up today? Please share them in the comments.