Project Ed Launches New Video-Making Resources for Students and Teachers
Project Ed’s mission to build the world’s largest library of high-quality educational videos continues with new resources for using videos in teaching and learning. This week, Project Ed launched two new categories of resources designed specifically to help students and teachers engage with great educational videos and run video projects in their classrooms.
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In the last year, we’ve heard from educators across the US and Canada about how they use videos and Project Ed in their classrooms. We wanted to make it even easier to use Project Ed’s videos and our contests alongside the common core framework that many teachers are already using. To do so we’ve put together a new set of standards-aligned, student-driven projects and lesson plans for you to use with your students. Resources include videos, student activities, and step-by-step project plans for creating videos in your classroom in a few two class periods!
Creating great videos take practice, but we’ve got you covered. We looked back over all the amazing videos we’ve received and compiled a list of tips and tricks you’ll need to create winning videos. We’ve got video guides covering pre-production, shooting, and editing. We’ve even put together a list of all the secrets you’ll need to know to win one of our contests. And if thats not enough, check out our tip sheets on how to harness the power of light and how to shoot a great video using only your phone.
There are always great opportunities for students and teachers to create and win on Project Ed. Check our current contests below. The best videos win $1000 and become part of Project Ed’s open library of educational videos.
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Project Ed and Griffin Hammond team up to bring you Time Travel! (and the definition of Retroactive)
We challenged uber-talented filmmaker Griffin Hammond to teach the definition of one of our favorite words, retroactive, in a one minute video shot only on iPhones. In the process, we invented time travel (sort of)!
This video is shot entirely on two iPhones. To see how Griffin was able to do it, check out the behind-the-scenes making of ‘Retroactive’ here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5TkmmPgD3U
Griffin got his start in filmmaking at an early age, and its led him to all sort of great projects including hosting the DIY filmmaking channel Indy Mogul and Sriracha the documentary. We had a chance to sit down with Griffin and talk about his journey in filmmaking and why creativity in learning matters. Check out the full video entry here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwe4u_t1EtU
Its baaaack! Project Ed’s annual Halloween vocabulary contest is back with eight new words to keep you spooked through the season!! Scare your way to $1000! Get all the details here: https://projected.com/contests/64-scary-words-part-2
#WordOfTheDay: Ominous (adj.) Check out Candace Zingalie’s video definition here
Amazing GIFs that define #fashion words?! Check ‘em out and vote your favorite in our Fancy Pants #GIF contest: https://projected.com/contests/59-gif-contest-fancy-pants
Winner Announcement: Don’t play with Fire! Check out these GIFs instead. Announcing winners the “Words that Ignite” vocab GIF contest here: https://projected.com/contests/57-gif-contest-words-that-ignite
Winner Announcement: Talk about interesting neighbors?! These winning videos from the “Who’s in Your Neighborhood” vocab contest are eclectic! Watch and learn here: https://projected.com/contests/56-whos-in-your-neighborhood
Winner Announcement: Not feeling great? These winning GIFs from the “Doctor Will See You Now” contest will fix you right up! Check out the winners here: https://projected.com/contests/55-the-doctor-will-see-you-now
Need a little more time to get your charges up in our Static Electricity contest? You got it! The deadline for the “Ben Franklin & The Electric Fire” contest has just been extended. Submissions due 10/6/14. Get all the details here: https://projected.com/contests/60-ben-franklin-and-the-electric-fire
In just one year, Project Ed has inspired thousands to create videos with the power to teach K-12 topics. This is how.
As we approach one year since launching ProjectEd.com, now is a great time to reflect on what we are doing and why.
When we set out to build Project Ed, we knew the world of education was changing. We knew that, increasingly, young people had the tools and skills to communicate in a digital world. We knew that young people consume educational content on a massive scale, but their voices are overlooked in the development of curricular content. Most of all, we knew technology holds great promise for the future of storytelling, teaching, and creating.
So we decided to build a platform that empowers anyone to create digital stories with the power to teach.
Project Ed is a platform dedicated to educational video made for and by 21st century learners. The core of Project Ed is an open, community-driven approach to content. We start by identifying K-12 concepts where a video has the potential to create a meaningful impact. Then we design contests to take these lessons out of the classroom and put them in the hands of digital storytellers.
Each contest starts with a “creative brief,” that includes everything needed to achieve a specific learning goal. Once the brief is launched on Projected.com, creators from all over craft original narratives to teach in unforgettable ways. Each brief generates hundreds of new ideas and a multitude of submissions. This process brings together the rigor of curriculum experts and the passion of creators to build an open library of effective, engaging lessons.
Along the way, creators are lead through a process we refer to as Challenge-Based Learning. Through our creative briefs, participants acquire new knowledge and are inspired to dig deeper and learn more. Then they are challenged to think critically and craft a new story teaches that specific concept. Lastly, they must collaborate and make use of new media literacies to produce new content. Throughout this process our community and library offer support and guidance with tutorials, behind-the-scenes, and tips from other young creators.
Our approach is opening the door to new ideas in teaching and putting creativity at the forefront of learning. Since our first contest, thousands of students, educators, artists and filmmakers have reimagined vocabulary, grammar, science, and more.
The results are continuously inspiring, hilarious, and poignant, but most important of all, they work. Our early tests show that videos from our community of creators are more powerful than traditional methods of teaching like flash cards. When students learn new vocabulary using Project Ed’s vocabulary videos, they acquire new knowledge faster, retain new knowledge longer, and most importantly express a desire to learn more.
This is just the beginning. Keep an eye out this fall for exciting updates including new contests, more features for creators and new free resources for educators.
Project Ed is on a mission to build the world’s first library of educational media made for and by 21st century learners. Join Us.
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