Video in the Classroom — A Gateway to Media Literacy
By Team Vidigami | May 16th, 2019.
According to a 2018 survey on Teens, Social media and Technology by the Pew Research Center, teens ranked Youtube as the most popular social media for 85% of teens.
What does this mean for the classroom? It means teachers can leverage video to teach students to think critically, become smart consumers of products and information, identify the role of media in culture, and create media responsibly.
The internet exposes students to a vast variety of content from different sources in the form of text messages, memes, social media, viral videos, video games, advertising, and more. With YouTube being responsible for more than a third of all mobile traffic, videos would play a crucial role in educating students on the premise that all media shares one thing: Someone created it for a reason. Sometimes the goal is to share knowledge and educational resources. Equally, users can also promote discrimination.
Understanding that reason is the basis of media literacy.
Media literacy education requires the use of media in the classroom so it’s important for educators and administrators – as well as students and parents – to have a basic understanding of the structure and purpose of legal frameworks addressing intellectual property, particularly regarding copyright.
Copyright in Vidigami
A key aspect of media literacy is understanding the concept of copyright — the exclusive legal right to produce, reproduce, publish or perform an original literary, artistic, dramatic or musical work. When an individual owns the copyright of their work, he/she controls how others can use it to protect its value.
Traditionally the copyright of school assignments is implicit. However, as the classroom embraces digital media, it is crucial to have a copyright registry of student work.
When teachers use Vidigami to document student work, they can assign students as copyright holders, which not only grants students ownership over their creations but also centralizes their work in a personal portfolio, an essential asset for any student’s academic and professional growth.
1. Access the group directory and select or create a group for the class (see Creating a Group in our support articles)
2. Once the group is created, add an album in which to upload the student work.
3. Upload or embed student work into the album. This article showcases embedded student work directly from Youtube (See Upload Media to Vidigami in our Support Articles).
With Vidigami, teachers can credit students for their work in the file’s metadata.
When a student is credited, their work appears in their portfolio under the “work” tab.
At vidigami, we strive to improve the stance of digital media in K-12 education.
Digital media has the power to play a multi-faceted role in the classroom. Its relative permanency makes it an ideal tool for capturing student work, even work that is produced on physical media. This use of digital media as ‘evidence of learning,’ particularly when coupled with the growing usage of digital Learning Management Systems (LMSs) can prove particularly powerful for day-to-day assessment.