The picture is of a beautiful sunrise at a beautiful place, Pt Neill in South Australia. Quiet and picturesque, it is one of those places that take a while to get to but when you are there the drive is worth it. The sunrise is the promise of a new day, and that’s an apt metaphor for the use of YouTube to ‘front-load’ a conference.
One of my workplace colleagues, responsible for promotions and marketing, makes the point that people want to receive their information as often as they want in the manner they prefer and the use of video and YouTube is an important part of this. This is what it seems ACLE4 organisers had in mind when they requested that all presenters create a video to outline their presentations for the consumption of prospective attendees. I have to admit that it is not something I actually utilised, and had I done so I may have chosen some different workshop presentations to attend (I really wish I attended Teach Meet!) I personally don’t tend to use this format very often, but I know my children do at home. It is an important research tool.
Along with this, a YouTube channel was created by the ACLE team to promote different aspects of the conference. Links to each new episode about the conference was sent via email to the attendees and they certainly generated discussion among the attendees from our school.
As a parent (and teacher) I know that many children respond very well to video – it tends to automatically engage them. How can we use video in our work as educators? As I am doing a bit more classroom teaching next year I would like to try using video, and look at how I can use it in my leadership role. Some ideas are:
- Post an introductory video about myself for the parents and students to view before the start of the school year
- Produce videos with information and explanations of what the class will be doing
- Email links on YouTube about the units that are planned for the year
- Create an online classroom that the students can also upload to (e.g. Edmodo or via a class blog)
- Select online videos (e.g. Ted Talks) for viewing by teachers in preparation for staff meetings
- Regularly provide videos about school events for uploading to the college YouTube channel
This is a quick list which no doubt could be easily and more creatively expanded on. Hopefully video becomes another tool that I can use to motivate students, and engage the school community in learning.