Thursday, March 7, 2013

Choose What Happens Next - A Series of Video Lessons on Responsible Cyber Citizenship

This afternoon in Raleigh, North Carolina I sat in on a good presentation about YouTube's video editing tools. The presentation was delivered by Lauren Boucher and Joanna Gerakios from Pitt County North Carolina schools. They started their presentation with a good video about cyber citizenship that I hadn't previously seen.

Choose What Happens Next is a series of videos linked together in a choose-your-own-adventure style. The first video features a girl receiving a text message from her boyfriend asking for pictures. The viewer then has to click "send it" or not send it. The choice that the viewer makes takes him or her to a video that explains the "results" of the choice. Watch the first video below.

Applications for Education
At the beginning of their presentation Lauren and Joanna recommended making all of your students watch these videos and I completely agree with them. I would add that you should send these videos to your students' parents and or post them prominently on your school's website.

Please see A Quick Star Guide to Using YouTube's Video Editing Tools, if you would like to learn how to create a linked series of videos like the one above.