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The Potential of Digital Video

The potential of computer based digital video in expanding and extending a student’s capability to think, learn, understand and communicate is enormous.
Desktop video production is providing students with unique opportunities to enhance their learning in creative ways. Video is a wonderful and affordable medium for students to mix moving images, text, sound, music, still images and dialogue into compelling stories, documentaries and research projects for sharing.
With a digital video camera, a computer and user-friendly video editing software teachers and students have an ideal starting point for video making.
Video is a versatile and global medium for sharing information. It can be used extensively in all curriculum areas and at all year levels. Imagine a project, a story, a poem, a biography, a news report, an interview, a documentary, collaborative research or a science experiment coming to life through video.
Video productions can be compressed and used in web pages, placed on CD ROM or DVD, printed directly to video tape, or embedded into multimedia presentations.
Students derive as much of their knowledge from visual texts as they do from printed texts. Just as there is written language there is visual language with many similarities between reading and viewing.
Just as it takes a planned approach to write a book or an essay (a structure that links words to sentences to paragraphs), it's also possible to create a video in much the same way using a series of shots, sequences and scenes.
In addition to gaining an understanding of the basic mechanics of how to use a video camera and video editing software, students need to develop a greater visual awareness and visual literacy.
Classroom video production supported by supplementary viewing, discussion and planning activities not only gives students opportunities to broaden their literacy repertoire and to use creative production tools but it provides a richer understanding of how to create video stories that make sense, create an impact and tell a story.
Video production works powerfully in a classroom that encourages exploration, inquiry, investigation, and discovery approaches to learning.
There is evidence of improved self-esteem, increased confidence, and the development of leadership skills in students when they are given opportunities to explore visual language and focus on using video as a learning and communication tool.
Students are becoming highly creative in harnessing this powerful ICT tool.

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