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Part 6: Final Thoughts
Technically we did one more thing before concluding this project, and that was the students created their creative content. Or, rather, created an introductory video describing their product, channel, content, etc. It consisted of 4 basic aspects.
- A channel or content logo. Two versions; one static and one animated.
- An introduction video. Students name (first only,) name of channel, something interesting about them.
- A description and example of their creative content if possible.
- 4 Things they were passionate about.
Their videos were 1-3 minutes long, edited, with an introduction graphic and logo. For privacy, I’m not listing any of their videos but here is my first GeekTeachin vlog for reference. (Notice in the video I actually discuss what three things my channel will address instead of my passions.)
More importantly, it’s what I learned from this whole experience that makes it so unique.
It’s true that digital content and creators are becoming more common and therefore their content is becoming more widespread, but it’s still a career and one that needs to be worked on and nurtured. Just like all careers need constant adjustments and adaptation, the world or creators online needs just as much adaptation and adjustment, if not more! The field is still new and relatively unexplored and that can lead to all sorts of issues and problems, most of which the general public are unaware of. Myself included!
But for everything that is unsure and unstable, it is clearly where the future is headed and our students need to be introduced to it on a fairly in depth level. They’re active on the media and should be taught how to use it appropriately, allowing them to use it creatively. When teaching a teenager how to drive, we wouldn’t trust that just by telling or showing them all the rules and technical aspects that they would drive successfully, so why should we expect kids in the digital age to learn that way as well? As scary as it is, the best way to learn is to do.
I will continue to use this Youtube approach in my digital citizenship lessons in the future. Hopefully I can get to collaborate with other Youtubers and Media celebs to make it even more meaningful. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or thoughts. and PLEASE! SHARE THESE POSTS! It’s definitely something all educators should look into for the future.