Connecting schools and society #1 – How to prepare a video shoot

Author(s)

Kathrin Rosi Würtz

Institution(s)

Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn

The aim of this activity is to foster students’ skill to communicate their own knowledge to others in an interesting and sustainable way. They learn to take the perspective of others and deal intensively with the topic in order to decide what information is relevant and how to present it best. This encourages creativity and deepens their own knowledge. In addition, students learn how to use media professionally and to create educational videos independently of the topic.

Age

  • 17
  • 18
  • 19

Topic

  • Connecting schools and society

Duration

  • Between 2-5 hours

Activity description

To prepare the video shoot properly, the students work with the video script in advance. They have to make decisions regarding the content, but also determine clothing, lighting, and technical settings. In a second step, the students should discuss their script among each other and with the expert or teacher and refine the individual points together, resulting in a final version for the shoot.

Make-up and camera work should be handled by the students, as well as the later voice-over for individual scenes. All students participate in different small groups according to their preferences, ensuring everyone is involved. The technical equipment could be provided by the media expert, but it can also be replaced with less professional equipment such as a smartphone camera and microphone. The entire editing can also be carried out by the students themselves.

Video

As part of the MULTIPLIERS project, students from Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Gymnasium in Bonn delved into the topic of vaccination. The knowledge they acquired through collaboration with external experts was shared with eighth-graders at their school through a teaching unit on pertussis.

To introduce the topic, the students prepared a video presented in class. This documentary reveals the details of their preparation, the experts they engaged with through the project, and the execution of the classroom session.