Performing Knowledge

We recently completed a video project with one of our social studies teachers. This 7th grade project involved students picking one topic from the curriculum, and interpreting it with video in some form. We showed the students some samples from TeacherTube, including some done locally in a Buffalo high school. We then set them loose with teams, storyboards, equipment, and guidance.

What I love about video projects is that since the focus is on performing knowledge, rather than just repeating knowledge, you get a better picture of what the students really know. While this can be either rewarding or scary, it still gets to the deeper understandings they have.

Quite a few different classes have created video projects this year, with some exciting results. I’m looking forward to many more next year!


Image citation:

18th-Century Engraving of Commedia Dell’arte Actors on Stage. Corbis. 2006.
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