Rob Kelly is the multimedia and robotics co-ordinator at Berwick Lodge Primary School in Melbourne, Australia.
Rob is doing some amazing things with his young students which he showcases on his blog, LEARNING with DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY.
This blog is set up through the popular CampusPress network, Global2.
If that’s not enough, Rob organizes a weekly radio show, has set up a weekly live streaming of a STEM class on YouTube, and is doing some impressive work in the areas of robotics, coding, 3D printing and more.
I invited Rob to share some insights on video creation with the participants of our Better Blogging With Students Course which we’ve recently wrapped up.
Rob created this fabulous video to share for our course. Take a look!
The above style of video is called typography. Rob created this with Adobe After Effects.
You’re welcome to embed the video above on your own blog. It could be a nice addition to your About Page to help readers understand more about blogging. Tip: This help guide shares how to embed a video in your blog post or page.
Check out some other styles of video Rob has created
The LODGERS television series is put together using iMovie. Check out the latest episode.
This news format is certainly a hit with the school community!
Rob also created a video called You Have The Power for Safer Internet Day to share a message about staying safe online.
Rob used Adobe Photoshop to create the images and put the movie together using iMovie.
You Have The Power had a bit impact on Rob’s school community and was also shared widely on social media.
Feeling overwhelmed? While these videos are of a very high standard, you don’t need to have advanced tech skills to put a basic movie together.
Be sure to share your suggestions for video creation in a comment.
Video Creation Tips From Rob
We thank Rob for putting together the following tips for budding videographers.
Creating short films and video with your students can be great fun, but don’t be fooled– it’s a lot of hard work.
From storyboarding to editing, filmmaking in the classroom can be a challenging endeavor. However, fear not-– I’m here to help. As a multimedia teacher, I have had many years of experience teaching students how to produce quality films.
While I don’t have a magic formula for you, I can offer you and your students some tips.
1) Think about the genre of the film you want to create. Is it a comedy or docudrama? It could just be text (…we call this typography).
2) Create a storyboard. Know what you want to achieve before starting.
3) Consider the audience. Who is the film for?
4) Keep the film short and sweet.
5) Consider having the film narrated. If you think it would help the audience understand what is happening, do it.
6) Use a good quality camera or device to capture HD video if you can.
7) Use simple editing software program such as iMovie to edit and render the film.
8) Don’t rush it! If a shot or scene doesn’t look visually or aesthetically pleasing (or the audio is hard to hear), re-shoot. It’s worth it in the long run!
9) Do not use copyright material (including pictures or music).
10) Make sure you have publicity permission from parents before uploading to a website or blog.
These tips will help to ensure you produce a polished, quality product.
Leave a comment below if you have any questions for Rob or feel free to reach out to him directly via Twitter at @robkellytweets Rob would love to connect with you.
If you make videos with your students or for your students, be sure to leave the link in a comment. We’d love to take a look!