For me this was the most relevant and useful session in the Google Summit because it showed me how to use YouTube to create my own videos and gave me a better understanding of movie making. This will influence my Flipped videos and how I structure my lesson content videos.
The speaker, Jim Sill part of the EdTechTeam from California, was totally engaging as he structured his ideas using videos and gave suggestions for fun lessons that I can use immediately. Although I have a YouTube site and have been using Playlists and uploading my videos, I hadn’t realised that I could make videos in YouTube using the Video Manager and Creation Tools.
Go to the Welcome to the Creator Playbook for tutorials and instructions.
Another feature that will be useful is the YouTube email.
- Go to settings and there is an email for your own YouTube email.
- Students can email their video to you.
- UPLOAD BUTTON
Another editing tool Jim mentioned was Final Cut Pro but I think you have to buy this from Apple whereas the YouTube Editor is free.
So what can the YouTube Editor do?
- Photo slide show and reorganise images +music
- Drag voice over: Film a voiceover and drag into the voice line.
- Edit video. Watch Jim’s video about creating a four shot film.
This part of Jim’s presentation gave me ideas about the structure of my own videos and great activities I can do in my ESL and year 8 English classes. Jim described cinematic narrative as:
- Media literacy= shot
- Sentence paragraph= scene
- Chapter= sequence
- Novel= movie
He then compared two YouTubes, one without any structure, just video with music which is what many students would see as a good video and then one on the same topic but it told a story. Watch this video:
As Jim showed us the video he paused it to ask the audience questions to establish how we use our prior knowledge. This is how video can create empathy and tell a story
- Audience uses prior knowledge: What is the location? What is the time? What clues are there to tell us this?
- Use images to foreshadow the next shot
- Character development
- Create empathy for characters
Jim then spoke about how all we need to know are the 4 shots
2. long: put character in story
3. medium: more thinking: more of who I am and less than where I am.
4. close up
Watch this youTube on how to use the four shots
Projects for students to do:
1. Creative Commons:
- Use these to use as establishing shots or for green screen effects
- Create a short video with music using Creative Commons
- Put “Jim Sills” in CC search to find his videos
- Get students to do a 4 shot film to teach Media literacy.
2. Ask students question if that shot is real?
- To explain how film is structured Jim showed us –Hitchcock loves Bikinis:
- How a shot can change character
- As a short lesson, students can film their own facial reaction and then using Creative Commons insert different video to explain that expression.
- What I should react to?
- Where am I? Outside?
3. Create a four shot video
Jim considered that sound can be a bit of a problem but you can drag the volume down to low to mute sound from CC video and then film a voice over and drag into the music bar.
Annotations and Interactive links
Another interesting way to make videos interactive is to add ‘yes’ or ‘no’ annotation. When the‘Yes’ or ‘No’ possibility is selected this links to another video thus creating a “hotspot” effect: Click and link to a different video.
As a project, students could shoot the options that are then inserted into a video.
Unfortunately, I did not see Jim’s second session on YouTube Playlists but all his resources are to be found here: