Sunday, February 3, 2019

Digital Instruction... Put on your hard hats.

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 particular video was informative and I think the students would enjoy watching it. I immediately sent it to my teaching partner.

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.

fun construction GIF

Woo hoo!


  1. Looks like a great site. I used to teach communication media. Although students were not to keen on it at first, I would get them to focus on the pre-production (including storyboards with shot selection, angles and more). I found when they did that even if they used an iPhone or other even an 'older' camera they told some great store (only issue that came up with these was usually with audio - a little dubbing in post was needed). They learned quickly the post-production / editing isn't going to save a poorly thought out and/or shot video. Youtube has many great resources out there that be another tool in your tool box (need to use right tool for the job - need to remember that your favourite tool to use might work for you but not as well for someone else).

  2. I completely agree on exploring and trying new things. Students need to learn how to be critical users of technology. Finding new tools or informative videos is a great way to learn, but some are better than others and it is up to the user to decide what is the most useful. Learning to search and find useful information is just as important a lesson... (in my opinion).

  3. I like the idea of sending students out to film with their devices. Most of them have a cell phone, and it is a way to use their favourite item... their phone! I hope this becomes a useful tool in TV Radio

  4. Sounds like a cool channel for students and for teachers to pick up tips and tricks for recording videos! Great find. It could definitely peak some students interests, and perhaps get them more involved with film making beyond classroom expectations!

  5. Nice review Anne. Seems like the channel will fit nicely into your class this semester. The biggest take home for me was when you said "mix it up, use all kinds of tools in your classroom." I couldn't agree more!

  6. Hey Anne, trying to contact you about your course. Could you please email me or call at 306 630-6704