Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Power of Video

Karl Fisch was musing about how his "Did You Know?" video, which he almost did not show to his staff last August, has now been seen by over 100,000 people worldwide. Those of you who have seen it can attest to the power of combining text and audio in a digital format to the words of Friedman in "The World is Flat." Karl says,

To tie this back to one of the major themes of this blog, it's a different world out there. A world where anyone's ideas can quickly spread if they happen to strike a chord. Where you don't necessarily have to have a large company or a huge public relations effort to make an impact (although that still doesn't hurt). And we need to be preparing our students to participate in such a world, to understand both the positive and the negative sides of that. To help them learn how to live and work in a rapidly changing world, where a fairly simple PowerPoint presentation that I almost didn't even show to my staff has now been seen worldwide.

This is just one of the reasons that I believe our schools need to change.

Here is another version inspired by Karl's video called, "The Connected Classroom." It was created by Kristin Hokanson and presented at a Pennsylvania Educational Technology Conference last weekend. It is just as powerful and compellingly presents a need to connect our students to THEIR world, not ours.

1 comment:

Kristin Hokanson said...

Thanks Karen--
I encourage folks to check out the wiki created for that presentation
to check out ideas, and post project ideas to connect kids with one another. You are right that video is a powerful medium. I am currently working with a class of HS autistic kids who are using iMovie to take editable clips from United Streaming as well as images they have found to show what they know about simple machines and how they work. To see kids connected to their learning....that is good stuff!