This week I decided to try out option two! I chose to look at an online course, review it, and see if it has value for my class.
This week was also exciting for another reason, we started semester two, and I am teaching a class called TV/Radio. I have taught this course before, but it has been a couple of years.
I've decided to review the YouTube channel called Film Riot. It seems to potentially have a lot of videos I could show in my TV/Radio course.
The first video I watched was titled "iPhone Filmmaking: Your Camera Doesn't Matter"...
This is something my teaching partner and I have been thinking about. Should we send students off to make videos using only their devices? We have a few cameras, but certainly not one for everyone.
This is quite a popular YouTube channel, with close to a half a million views on most videos I clicked on. The host is a fast talker, something I appreciate, and does a great job of making content interesting. I also like that they have a range of different videos for all things film making. I could definitely see myself showing certain clips in class, or allowing the students to pick and explore on their own.
The production value is good, they have a sponsor and lots of views which tells me this is likely their full time job(s). This was actually recommended to me by a student, so I know that students would enjoy this kind of channel.
I would say overall, it will definitely positively impact my class and I don't see any downsides to having this as a resource in my class. Having said that, it will be used occasionally, and not as a replacement for me or my teaching partner... It will be used as a tool... (please keep reading...)
As for this weeks reading and implementation of technology in the class, whether it be audio, video, or BOOKS... I think of them all like tools. You should experiment, mix it up, use all kinds of tools in your classroom. If I may make an analogy for a moment, no construction company is building a house with just a hammer. We, as classroom teachers should be the same.