Visual Literacy: Teaching Students How Video Can Fool the Viewer

One of the most important things we can teach students is to be a critical viewer of visual media. Can we believe everything we see?

My teaching partner and I created a 17-second iMovie.

We then gave students access to the 18 smaller clips from which the movie was made. The smaller clips prove that I’m not¬†qualified to play in the WNBA.

Can students use those 18 smaller clips to re-create this same video? Fifth grade students require three 45-minute sessions to re-create this video on iMovie.

Yes, students learn the technology, but the full range of project objectives extends beyond the use of technology:

  • Understand that videos can be altered to persuade an audience to believe something that is not true.
  • Use iMovie and Google search questions to find answers to questions related to technology (i.e. How do I add a slide? Where can I find the background music?)
  • Read and follow multi-step directions regarding the use of iMovie.
  • Collaborate, asking for the expertise of others in the room.
  • Discuss ethical considerations involved in the creation and publication of media.

Once students have recreated this 17-second clip, they are prepared to do larger 3-minute projects in preparation for parent night. Details to follow.

If you subscribe to this blog, I will send you the original clips so that your students can try and re-create the video.

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