One aspect of my work I am very passionate about deals with video production. Specifically, I enjoy working with teachers to help them incorporate video production into the classroom to help teach the curriculum. Although this may sound like a big undertaking, the research others and I have conducted in this area show how beneficial it can be for students. Video production activities have been shown to increase student engagement, content knowledge, interest in content, and even interest in school. Something else I love about teaching video production to students is it gives them a platform to express their creativity and to tell their own stories.
A few years ago, I came up with an idea for a summer camp that would provide video production training for teachers, as well as give them a chance to apply their learning with a group of students. It took some time to find the funding and to pull it all together, but this summer the camp came to fruition. Being able to make this idea a reality was both an amazing, as well as humbling experience. It could not have happened without the support from some wonderful people who were willing to take a chance on my vision.
I could continue to write about the camp, but I think it might be better to let the teachers and students tell you about it. The link below is to a website that has interviews with the participating teachers and students, more information about the camp, and the awesome videos they created during the week.
I am already excited about the prospect of conducting the camp again next year, and possibly expanding it to include even more teachers and students. I hope you will find inspiration from this story. Never give up on your idea. It may take some time, but if you stick with it, you just might get to watch it unfold. -JG