My goal: Create a three minute video that tells it’s own story, using other videos. My hope is that this will invite further exploration, conversation and learning.

Here is what I came up with:

(Watch on YouTube)

For ease of use here are the links. I hope that some rich conversations will emerge from watching them. – Alan November: Myths and Opportunities: Technology in the Classroom – Diana Laufenberg: How to learn? From mistakes – Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids – Chris Lehmann: School 2.0 – Creating the Schools We Need – Chris Kennedy: Students Live! Real-world Learning at the 2010 Olympic/Paralympic Games – Tom Grant – (Disclosure: This actually goes to a video created by me for the K12Online Conference, Tom Grant is my Superintendent and this is his interview excerpt from the video): Transforming Education – Stephen Heppell: Learning Conversations – Mitchel Resnick: 2011 Prize Winner – This post, for easy access to the links above. 🙂

Also published on Medium.

14 comments on “A Conversation Starter

  1. Hi David,

    The message is out there and the message is clear. Achieving it is a matter of concrete steps in one direction. We may falter along the way but we see what others overcome obstacles and we keep going. Our work is not done until we close the doors on the last day of the school year and even then this years challenges become next years successes.

  2. Here is the behind the scenes tour: 🙂

    The key ‘pay-for’ application that I used was Camtasia which is screen capture software that also allows editing. I knew where in the videos I wanted scenes from and so for a video like Chris Lehmann’s where I used 3 scenes, I’d edit them together before importing into iMovie. Everything else was done in iMovie except the opening credits, which were actually done in Powerpoint and imported into iMovie.

    For the music I used 3 ‘canned’ soundbites from GarageBand, (all three were 16 beats so my lack of musical talent didn’t cause any grief). I started with the music because my goal was to keep things to 3 minutes. I kept the music on in the background of the clips because I find that builds continuity and also hides the fact that the individual clips come with very different background noises. This worked well for all but the Mitch Resnick video which already had background music.

    That was the easy stuff. The hard part was trying to tell a ‘story’ with some continuity, using other people’s clips. I did most of it on January 1st and into the early morning hours of the 2nd. But I was stuck for an ending until Julie Lindsay shared the Mitch Resnick clip in a tweet on the 3rd. I didn’t watch it until later and with a clever edit it was my closer…

    The trick was that the end clip with Amon Millner, when he was talking about, ‘Creating a space where you can have ideas and pursue them…’, he was actually talking about Mitch Resnick doing this, but I turned it into a general statement instead of just about Mitch.

    I really hope people take the time to see the other videos and that this one is just a ‘teaser’ to promote further exploration and action!

    Thanks for the comments,

  3. David,

    An excellent compilation of ideas but the over riding theme that Canadian Education is not broken, it is being transformed can’t be stated too often!


  4. I’ve looked into Camtasia. But, I found Quicktime on my Mac will record all my screens. I’ll give that a go.

    @martin: In graduate school, we studied the “Canada effect.” US states that border Canada tend to have higher educational standards and overall higher test scores. My theory is that something from your country seeps into the Northern US water supply :).

  5. Dear David,

    Your video has taken me off on to another journey through thoughtful ideas underpinning the future of education. Alan November has always been by my bedside and his ideas around student as contributor to the learning process really rings true for me…

    Not so Alien, but more down home…

  6. Great post dave,
    I fully agree that students should be major contributors to their education, unfortunately the schools and or districts are severely lacking the technology to assist them in this process.

    1. Thanks for the comment Bart,
      I think one of the best things about students being major contributors to their own education is that this is something every teacher can help to do in their classroom with or without technology.
      In public education, we will always be in a situation where there are financial limits, but in BC, we have a lot of freedom over what we can do in our classrooms compared to many educators around the world… Hopefully we can harness that by empowering students to take control of their own learning (more often that we currently do).

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