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The Classroom Film Festival Assignment

posted: 3.19.13 by Traci Gardner

Pop your popcorn, grab a soda, and settle in for the Classroom Film Festival! It may not be what you’d see at Cannes or Sundance, but it is a simple way to bring video into the classroom without any special equipment.

Last fall, I wrote about the significance video plays in the lives of the typical college-aged student. Students like video. When they visit a web site, the first thing they are likely to do is scan the page for a play button. As a result, I want to include video whenever possible.

When I design video assignments however, I’m always worried that equipment and software will be an issue. Usually students’ cell phones have video recording capabilities, and there are free software options that we can use. Even if we have the necessary tools covered, there’s the question of knowing how to use those tools effectively. There may not be enough time to teach students about filming techniques, their cameras, and the software works.

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