Video Production for the Classroom

Video is a powerful medium for helping students find their voice and demonstrate their learning. This instructor-led KQED Media Academy course takes you step-by-step through the entire video production process, from the fundamentals of shooting to lesson planning, assessment, copyright and student privacy. 

course duration icon 40 Hours
course cost icon Free
course certificate icon Certificate of Course Completion
Join an Instructor-Led Course
Jun 8 - Jul 19, 2020
Jan 4 - Feb 14, 2021
What we provide:
  • course practice icon A space to practice what you have learned
  • course tool icon Free online tools recommendations
  • course certificate icon Certificate of Course Completion

This professional development course is open to educators in all roles, subjects and grades who are looking for the skills and confidence to teach digital media literacy and critical 21st Century skills through hands-on video production. 

In this course you will: 

  • Make your own video for instructional use
  • Develop a Common Core standards-aligned lesson plan in which students create video to demonstrate learning 
  • Develop tools and strategies for assessing and providing effective feedback for student media projects 

Each KQED Media Academy course includes

  • Online instruction delivered through videos and activities on the KQED Teach platform. Set your own schedule for working on assignments
  • Individual support and feedback provided by expert instructors on the platform and in regular, online live check-ins
  • A certificate from KQED indicating you completed 40 hours of professional development

Learning Objectives:

  • Master the basic skills of video production to support student learning, including:
    • Creating a shooting script 
    • Effective lighting and shooting techniques
    • Capturing and adding quality sound
    • Using editing software to sequence and trim clips as well as add text, transitions and other elements to your production 
    • Creating lesson plans for classroom video projects that align with Common Core and other curriculum standards
  • Develop strategies for allocating and organizing existing equipment and resources to best facilitate video projects in a classroom environment
  • Learn how to create rubrics and other tools to effectively assess student video
  • Understand the ways copyright law and fair use impact video production and learn how to locate free and open content you and your students can freely use in production 
  • Understand how a producer’s bias, intent and production choices impact the messages communicated by a video  
  • Learn about federal laws protecting student privacy and safety online and how to best address these issues when making and sharing video projects

Rik Panganiban

As the manager of online learning and educator certification at KQED, Rik supports teachers in developing their skills and confidence in media literacy instruction. Rik was the head of Digital Learning at the California Academy of Sciences and the instructional design lead for Science Action Club. He has taught video production for middle and high school students using a wide variety of tools and platforms.

Rachel Roberson

As KQED’s program manager for humanities professional learning, Rachel supports educators in integrating video storytelling, audio podcasts and other media literacy skills into their teaching practice.  Rachel was a founding English teacher and assistant principal of KIPP Bayview Academy in San Francisco and has taught middle school English, ELD and social studies in Austin, Texas, and internationally. Before becoming a teacher, she was a newspaper reporter in the Bay Area.

Ilana Somasunderam

Ilana supports educators in developing their skills and confidence in making and implementing media projects as KQED's program manager for STEM professional learning. She worked with teachers to develop meaningful project-based learning experiences at High Tech High in San Diego. Ilana was a science teacher and department chair at Wallenberg High School in San Francisco, where she facilitated student video projects that integrated science concepts and social action.

  • Week 1: Using Video in Classroom Instruction
    • Course Overview
    • Using Media in the Classroom
    • Using Video in the Classroom, a Deeper Dive
    • Examples of Instructor-made Videos
    • Storytelling with Video
    • Lesson Plan for Instructional Video
  • Week 2: All About Making Video
    • Shooting with a Smartphone
    • Equipment & Tools
    • Shots & Movement
    • Lighting
    • Script
    • Recording Audio
    • Make an Instructional Video
  • Week 3: How to Edit a Video
    • Intro to Editing & Editing Programs
    • Basic Video Editing Steps
    • Transitions
    • Adding Audio
    • Know Your (Copy)rights
    • Text
    • Edit your Instructional Video
  • Week 4: Assessing Student Videos
    • Now, For My Next Trick… Helping Students Make Their Own Videos
    • Standards
    • Assessing Media
    • Assessment Strategies
    • Rubrics for Video Projects
    • Make an Assessment Tool
  • Week 5: Classroom Video Projects -- Privacy & Tools
    • Protecting Student Privacy
    • To Share or Not to Share...
    • How to Choose Tools for Media Projects
    • Digital Tools for Student Video
    • TOS 101
  • Week 6: Managing a Classroom Video Project
    • Managing Time & Distance
    • Managing Collaboration
    • Managing Equity & Access
    • Video Project Unit Plan
    • Course Wrap Up
Join an Instructor-Led Course
Jun 8 - Jul 19, 2020
Jan 4 - Feb 14, 2021

What is KQED Teach?

We offer a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on digital media. Educators can build skills in video and audio production, data visualization and media analysis to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow educators to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communication and technology skills and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking.

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