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Part 1: Trying to Create a Vlog
I think I would be an engaging vlogger. I mean… I’m an engaging teacher (I think), so it should be an easy transition, right? I watch YouTube vlogs frequently, I bet I can create something similar. Maybe I can take advantage of the billion monthly users of YouTube for networking? But what avenue do I select to produce and create? Pinnacle studio is amazing and is what I used growing up, but a new version would cost money… so let’s try something free, while becoming comfortable with the medium in which I would be delivering the content anyway. Therefore, the means (for me) to create a vlog of sorts is through creating a video using YouTube and YouTube Editor! Clearly I will need to use a program like movie maker prior to upload and editing, but what can I do with YouTube Editor? What are the strengths and limitations of it? Let’s try it out and keep it short (under one minute is my goal).
Here are some highlights had I finished my video!
- Includes links to resources and content.
- Personalizes information consumption (it’s like you’re talking with someone).
- Condenses into a short chunk.
- Reading is important! And it doesn’t (really) occur in this medium!
- Does obligation to create lead to staleness of content-delivery; bound to a particular character and the inevitable monotony? What if people don’t like me? What if I don’t like me?
- Expensive/time-consuming at start-up to establish professional content.
Potential for Teachers as a Content Tool
All I needed to create this is basically a script and a means to record video/audio (the latter of which may be mildly expensive/time-consuming, I just used my piano). Then I can add YouTube essentials to the video, like an ending part of my video with links to other videos? Ultimately, the YouTube Editor basically better utilizes the YouTube method of content delivery.
Part 2 – Comparing my Vlog to others
Rather than my video, let’s look/compare it to an example of a professional video, from one of my favourites, the vlogbrothers. Watch the video below!
Vlog Brothers: Understanding Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration
An educator replicating Crash Course w/ Petlak
Can I replicate this? What does one need? And, as Kyle and Natalie pointed out to me, do I even need to recreate it? We (educators) can throw in content and media (all created by others) organically throughout instruction.
Let’s say, hypothetically, I do decide to create my own. Creating a resource for other teachers in SK for health and environmental science could be very valuable and not only save them time, but also allow me to teach concepts if I’m missing due to extracurricular involvement. If I have created enough resources and taught the content several times prior to creation of the module as well, it should be easy to pick up and go (I’ve been writing the script every time I teach it), assuming I’ve accumulated the above and established comfort with the module medium.
But what about the impact on student learning?
In theory, it should be very positive.
Once the nuances of the format are grasped and the user establishes comfort, not only should the format add value to facilitating the content, but may even allow for greater engagement in the content, finding a balance with the right media.
“Once the nuances of the format are grasped”, I say above, like that’s supposed to be easy! If professional quality is to be established, for starters, professional devices are required. Next, if you look at any of the Crash Courses, you’ll see no shortage of additional people involved in the production of the video; script-writers, fact-checkers, camera-person, producer, animators and someone to compose or create original music. As a vlogger on a budget, I have to do all of these. Unless I talk to Andres and he can take care of animation while I take care of sound.
BUT WHAT ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE?!
It’s not like educators ever wear multiple hats, right? (Wrong.)
Devil’s advocate: as educators, we are morally obligated to continue learning, so dive in.
The start-up may be difficult, much like Justine addresses in her post! I’ve been making movies for fun since I was young so my experience with the medium is likely greater than most educators, so some of you may find the learning curve is steep and this is very time-consuming (even I found my limits, and it can be frustrating when it’s just not as good as professional vloggers). So, find your boundaries, and push your technological literacy limits (within reason).
Could you see yourself as a vlogger? Is it hard to establish confidence in the creation of this media? Do we even need to learn it?
Questions, comments, feedback – let me know!
– Logan Petlak
Natalie Schapansky said:
Well, Logan, I don’t think anyone would “not like” your vlogs. You seem to have sheer entertainment mixed in as an educator. We all know that entertaining must co-exist with educating! I can’t say I will ever be a vlogger. Perhaps I may attempt a video, but the expectation of multiple makes me want to have a nap. But, I say “have at it’! You’d be great!!
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Kirsten Hansen said:
I agree that I think you would probably do well, although whether or not you become Youtube Famous is a totally different thing. I think it can be worth doing if you and your students see value in it. It is sometimes worth seeing how other vloggers started. You are looking at the successful product that is well into a career. How many of them started out that way?
Also, I’m going to be the devil’s advocate and ask why we are so obsessed with having a high and perfect quality product? Yes, it looks incredibly slick. And yes, you want to achieve a certain level (decent lighting, non-fuzzy audio and video, accurate information. There are, however, a whole lot of successful vloggers who do it all themselves. They don’t do a bunch of camera angles, they don’t cut to different shots, they don’t have a scriptwriter. I think it’s important to remember that teachers are at their best when they are human. So it’s okay to BE human, be the person they see in class, be real.
But I guess that isn’t the point if you want to be YouTube Famous. (although a make-up vlogger I follow IS like that and I’m sure she just uses iMovie or Movie Maker or something like that and her videos are pretty fun.)
If the point is to create videos your students could enjoy, though, then maybe it’s okay to be less than perfect and to learn as you go. IT demonstrates something that Stephanie shared earlier which included the value of modelling learning AND of failure.
Haha I am a pro at modelling failure.. I feel like that point in the article was all the permission I needed. Thanks for keeping me grounded Kirsten – there’s a minimum quality product I expect of myself in order to be satisfied so hopefully I can hit it.
Great post, Logan! I was worried, for a minute there, that you might not end up TRYING vlogging! Good thing you convinced yourself to go for it :). I haven’t ever watched the vlogbrothers or Crash course videos… I think I’ll just wait until you create your PetlakTube channel. I’m sure it’ll be excellent!
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Thanks Nancy! 🙂
Thanks for summarizing the strength and weaknesses of doing videos, i am planning to start also on using you tube
Good luck! Thanks for reading!