Video projects do not have to be limited to older students. Young students also benefit greatly from the process of writing and acting in their own production. This video was produced with a group of first graders. It is an excellent example of how video can be used to not only help students learn a concept, but help motivate them to do so.
A project like this serves several different functions:
- Students learn the names of the planets
- Students learn vocabulary, especially orbit, since they perform that action at the beginning of the video.
- Students learn key facts about the planets.
- Because the video is student created, students will be motivated to watch the video over again, reinforcing the concepts they learned while making the video.
While this video project was focused on science, the same thing can be done with any subject. Just getting out a camera will motivate the students to work and help them learn.