DIY Video Lesson to Illustrate Process Analysis

My students learn nine different types of essay forms in one semester. Instead, of getting them to write essays for each form, I try to introduce them to types of writing activities we do now, which emulate these forms. I think it’s important for students to learn the different types of writing forms and the processes associated with them so they can apply them to creating videos, infographics, multimedia presentations, podcasts, and other digital creations.  The following is a description of how we create DIY (Do It Yourself) videos. Keep in mind my students are beginning writers preparing for their first year of Freshman College English the next semester. Creating video tutorials is the first mission in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions.

First, we analyze the four basics of good process analysis and the organization details from the book, Real Essays Interactive, by Susan Anker. Then students complete this handout (click to copy) to evaluate one of the well-produced DIY videos of their choosing posted on the Darby network. Most of the videos do not include any writing so students create a thesis and write down the steps from what they observe. This helps them identify the steps, clearly word them, and also place them in order. Students also identify the audience and purpose.

The final steps are for students to work by themselves or in small groups to storyboard their DIY videos (copy this handout), record them, then produce them with a video editor of their choosing. For a few video options, click here. We then revise and edit videos before posting the final ones. Below are my students’ DIY videos. I am very proud of them. Some need a few edits, but overall they did a fantastic job!

 

Challenge– Walk your students through the stages of creating a DIY video.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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