What’s most interesting about this video is that the kids did it
themselves; on their own initiative. It wasn’t for a school assignment
or project. It was spawned from the frustration they felt following
their first year’s experience at university; what should be the highest
quality education and pedagogy but wasn’t. (I tried to get a university
professor friend of mine to watch it. He couldn’t watch more than half
of it before he stopped the playback and began to explain to me "the
realities of being a university professor … I’m not doing justice to
his perspective — maybe I can get him to guest author a post where he
can articulate his position in his own words. )
I hope Darren does get him to post because I take classes from professors who also are still deeply entrenched in old school methodologies. Except one– Dr. Gene Roche who is looking closely at media literacy and how it should change practice on a university level. Gardner Campbell who teaches at Mary Washington is another professor who "gets it" and there are others. But for the most part, Darren is right.
None of the kids in
the video attend the same university, they never met face-to-face to
produce or edit it. They planned and edited it using IM. Each had their
footage shot locally and then they shared the files over the internet.
Marco provided editorial assistance. Watch the credits at the end. They
chose to do the credits in the same format they used to produce the
Marco apparently went to look up the professor’s PhD thesis.
Since it had been published it had been signed out only twice. Both
times by the professor himself. His kids videos are downloaded tens of
thousands of times. Marco makes a good point here, but I couldn’t help
thinking that quality scholarship is not a popularity contest.
Darren said he and Marco talked about collaborating on video projects between classrooms. That will be very cool to follow. I want to help the teachers I work with start to produce videos of their own. Videos with just as powerful a message that can reach the students, parents, and educators within their reach. Video is the most powerful tool at an educator’s disposal. It is a language their students speak. They must gain confidence in their own creativity before they will be able to "give it away" to their students.
Thanks Darren for such a fabulous post– you have me buzzing with ideas.