Monday, March 19, 2012

C21: Learning to Communicate via Video

One of the most radical societal changes of the last ten years has been the explosion of video as a means of communication.  The ability to create videos and edit them has become a basic skill for anyone who wants to reach a significant audience and impact their thinking one way or the other.

Here are some quick facts from YouTube's statistics page that make the point rather emphatically:

  • 60 hours of video are uploaded every minute, or one hour of video is uploaded to YouTube every second.
  • Over 4 billion videos are viewed a day
  • Over 800 million unique users visit YouTube each month
  • Over 3 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube
  • More video is uploaded to YouTube in one month than the 3 major US networks created in 60 years
  • In 2011, YouTube had more than 1 trillion views or almost 140 views for every person on Earth
In response to this new reality, we have introduced a new high school course called Communications taught by Mrs. Ashley Brown, in which, among other skills, our students learn - and learn to hone - their ability to produce effective video.

Here's a piece they produced today demonstrating a variety of camera angles one can use to shoot video as well as a variety of - shall we say unique? - dance moves one can use to get people to watch your video about camera angles...

1 comment:

Choosing Happiness said...

Good job! Looks like fun! Video has changed everything, including Skype which allows me to talk to my sister in Baku, Azerbaijan. Great experience for the students. Thanks for sharing.