Here’s a short video we made a few years ago (I’ve lost weight and had a shave since then) just to test out the then newly-acquired Flip video. Like a lot of writers I was talking about my two favourite subjects: me, and my books. But joking aside, there is a serious side to all this.
As you can see, although there is a lot of background noise, the sound is pretty clear. The quality of the image isn’t bad either. These two facts together mean that it’s perfectly feasible for someone to make a decent video with a pocket device (including a phone) in non-ideal surroundings. So what kind of things could pupils do as far as video interviews are concerned? Here are some ideas off the top of my head.
- Interview local residents as part of a living history project.
- Interview each other talking about their work, for assessment purposes.
- Interview teachers, including the Principal, for a weekly news bulletin.
- Interview the Child Protection Officer about the school’s answer to bullying, including cyberbullying.
- Interview parents at an open evening about what they think of what they’ve seen, and use these videos in a subsequent open evening (having obtained written permission of course).
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