Use Your Imagination

Welcome back from Spring Break. Did you have fun? I spent my time hanging out with my kids, and learning from them. For example, my daughter showed me how she has taken her little cheap camera (that has video capability), taped it to the front of her remote-controlled monster truck, and made some cool little videos. It made me proud, and got me thinking. If she, at 11 years old, could come up with something like that on her own, what’s holding us back when we are trying to create our own videos? The counter argument might be that children just may have the advantage here in regards to imagination. To a point, I agree. However, I counter that with our experiences should give us a much broader palette from which to choose.

I bring this up, because it reminded me of a common problem when it comes to creating a video for your class (or even a lesson idea): imagination. There are so many resources available to us now to be more imaginative, especially when it comes to a quick Google search. Here’s how it works: come up with a vague, very general idea of what you want to do, type in some key words into the search bar, and then get whisked into the magical world of the Internet, where ideas abound! You may find exactly what you thought you wanted to do, or you may just find something similar that you can tweak to fit your needs. Whatever the case may be, it just takes a few minutes to do.

So, my daughter made this really cool video on her own. What can you do?

Steve Holsonback
Instructional Media Design Specialist
Center for Academic & Professional Excellence
Ext. 3425


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