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Student Vlogging Project

My students are obsessed with vlogs.

With the spread of video sharing platforms such as YouTube, and the stardom of YouTubers such as Casey Neistat, students are dreaming about having the lifestyles of these creators, anddd self-profess watching vlogs is a primary means of procrastination.

Adam Hill, a teacher in Hong Kong has a great article on his blog about Why We Should Encourage Students' Youtube Aspirations. To summarize, he outlines all of the skills needed to create a Youtube channel such as dedication, creativity and collaboration-in order words, the development of life skills.

Inspired by my students love of YouTube and vlogs-I changed our project for my Grade 11 Communication Class's Audio-Visual Unit to a Hong Kong vlog project. In preparation, I had students come to class prepared to share their favourite travel vlogs and we analyzed them for effectiveness looking at aspects such as camera angles and shots, vision or storytelling, audio quality and editing.

Some of their favorites were as follows:

Students were then introduced to their Hong Kong travel Vlog project which involves them working either independently or collaborative to write a script, create a storyboard, and film and edit their Vlogs.

Stay tuned for an update on the planning, filming and editing process!

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What kinds of filming projects do your students work on in the classroom? Please comment below!