Have I got the right medium?
It is probably too late to ask this question because I have already made up my mind to make a video. However, Dan Meyer has a very important point: using video to get a message across complicates things considerably. So make sure video is the right medium to use, as opposed to more traditional mediums such as text.
I am using video to talk about portfolios because of my own need to learn about that medium. But I also think midwives will appreciate something a little different from plain text, and I am hoping it will catch their attention.
Keep it simple
The other invaluable rule that Dan Meyer passes on about making videos and editing is to keep things simple. What I do not want is to make life too complicated for myself as well as time-consuming.
I want to make a short and sweet video that gets a message across in a way that is accessible to students, yet costs me little in terms of emotional energy and time consumption - have a look at the comments to Dan's post for discussion about sustainability of video in education.
There are a huge number of resources on the Internet that will help with the actual editing of a video using Windows Movie Maker, not least on the WMM web site itself.
As for putting the 'story' together, I have found Langwitches' post on digital story telling to be very useful. In it Silvia explains that digital story telling is about connecting, communicating and collaborating:
- Connecting - midwives telling stories about their portfolios will forge a connection with the audience on a personal level that may be missing from plain instructional text. The video will give a personal context to portfolios and link the audience with the midwives telling their stories because of shared experience.
- Communicating - information about portfolios is communicated.
- Collaborating - working with midwives to tell and share their stories.
Helen Barrett has collated a number of resources for digital story telling. Included is a rubric that the video can be evaluated against. Amongst the things I will need to consider are:
- the purpose is articulated at the beginning and the focus is maintained throughout the video
- it is clear that the audience's needs are met in terms of audio, graphics and vocabulary
- voice quality is clear
- there is a conversational style throughout the video
- all music is original and creates emotional response
- images create atmosphere and matches story
- timing is appropriate.
Is there anything I have forgotten? Can you suggest anything else I need to consider with regards to editing my video?