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In this activity, students use a simple question and answer (Q&A) format to interview someone in their class, school, or community. Q&A videos are a super popular video format on YouTube and are a fun and engaging way for students to interact with others to get to know more about them.
Interviews are a great way to get to know a new student or to kick off the beginning of the year “get to know you” activity. This activity is also valuable in getting to know members of your school community. Have students interview their principal, office staff, lunch staff, or custodians to get to know the people at your school, what they do, and how they contribute to keeping your school community going.
This activity can be used to get to know people who make up your surrounding community. Integrate this Q&A into a research project, service learning project or other activity that requires that students collect information inside or outside of their school.
Keywords: Getting Started, Q&A, Research
Good for: Teams, first video projects
Grade level: K-12
Skill level: Beginner
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With a partner or group you will create a short, 1-2 minute question and answer (Q&A) video to get to know someone in our class, school, or community in a fun and creative way.
Be sure to add a background image or footage by tapping into your stock media library and overlay text for a more engaging experience!
Tips to help your instruction in this activity or help to get you started!
If you are using this as a get to know activity within your classroom, have students pair up (or work as a triad or group of 4) and generate a series of questions that they can ask one another.
For younger students you can generate the questions or have them search for “Question and Answer Prompts” on the internet.
Have students practice rehearsing, asking and answering the questions before filming their video.
Students can add backgrounds, text, and transitions to enhance their project and make it more engaging.
21st Century Skills
Get Started: If you and/or your students are new to video creation and editing, this activity is a fun, engaging, and easy way to learn about the basics of the WeVideo editing environment. It is also a great way to try out where using video might fit for you in your classroom!
Q&A: This activity is perfect for an introductory get-to-know-you icebreaker. Used at the beginning of the year or when a new student joins a Q&A interview using video is a great way to learn about your students and have them feeling comfortable with one another quickly.
Research: Inquiry based projects typically involve a research component that is supported by interviews of people to better understand the topic or needs of the community. Using video provides an extra dimension to the gathering of information portion of an inquiry based project or research project and be used as a stand alone activity. Students take their footage and create an information video based on responses they get from their interviewees.