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Bring student interest into your classroom through a passion project! In this activity students get to share an interest or something they are passionate about with the rest of their class, and teach their classmates something they love.
Students will record a tutorial or “how-to” video to show their classmates step by step how to acquire the skills in order to master the task their classmates are showcasing.
Through this activity, students get practice creatively communicating ideas and making their expertise visible through video. Activities like this, in which students become the teacher, are wonderful ways to cultivate and foster student agency and student voice in the classroom.
Keywords: Getting Started, Communication, How-to
Good for: Individual work
Grade level: K-12
Skill Level: Intermediate
Copy and paste the information below directly into the description box when creating your student assignment, or, use it as inspiration to make your own!
Create a video teaching your classmates how to do something that you love to do! Think about something you are really good at and create a short video that leads your classmates step by step through the learning process, showing them “how-to” learn what it is you are an expert at or something that you love to do.
You can create your video in a variety of ways: use an external camera such as a phone, tablet, or handheld camera; use the webcam or screen recorder; or use stock media with a voiceover narration. Remember the purpose of this activity is to teach someone else how to do something you are an expert at, so make sure to include all of the steps it will take to learn your skill!
Tips to help your instruction in this activity or help to get you started!
Allow for students to bring what they love into your classroom. Student led activities such as showing off a talent, a passion or teaching their classmates fosters agency and increases student voice
Construct this activity as a virtual show and tell!! Students can create videos about something they love from their home, or show off something they recently learned how to do.
Short on time and/or resources? This project can be done simply by using the built in webcam or screen recording feature, no external media footage is required, simply have students record themselves describing or showing their classmates what to do!
Students should have multiple ways in which to complete this project. For those comfortable with video, increase the production value by using green screen, voiceover narration, and encourage students to use more advanced editing techniques like adding text, transitions, and animations to make their videos more polished.
21st Century Skills
Getting Started: This is a perfect project to help you and your students begin your journey as creative video producers. It is simple enough for any beginner to jump right in and also allows for exploration and discovery of different features in the editing environment.
Creative Communication: This activity allows for students to communicate to their classmates in creative ways. Using video helps students learn how to communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively to others. Increasing the opportunities for students to become creative communicators helps deepen understanding, and creates engaging and enhanced learning experiences.
How-to: These types of tutorial videos are popular on youtube as thousands of people each year seek out DIY videos to learn new skills. How-to videos fit perfectly into any classroom and allow for students to lead their classmates through learning experiences based on something that interests them.