Healthy Community Video Project - a project based learning experience

1. Read: County Health Rankings Give Snapshot of Health in Each State

Use the resources to get the ranking for your county.

2. Identify a local issue that impacts residents' health.

3. Someone should do something:

How can we modify our community to provide for a better health?

Develop a plan to improve health. Set a S.M.A.R.T. goal (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely)

Make a digital video or multimedia project that focuses attention on the health issue and offers your action solution. Avoid being preachy - use humor or a positive message.

Present your video to your parents, your peers, your classmates, your school board, a local nonprofit organization or a local governmental body that makes decisions about health.

Important Advice.

Decide on an issue or action.

Plan ahead. Use a Videomap pdf version to chart your course. Multimedia Project Planning Worksheet

Write a script.

Take/find the photos. Shoot the video.

Adjust the script for unplanned, opportune additions.


Here are the guidelines for making a video project

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1. Use Microsoft Photo Story (free) or Apple's iMovie to create the show.

camera Read the tutorial: PhotoStory Tutorial or Photo Story tutorials by David Jakes.

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2. Your project should begin with a title and an introduction.

The project should be no longer than 5-7 minutes.

3. If you use someone else's photos or images, an attribution slide must be included at the end of your project. Other people's photos must be licensed under Creative Commons.

4. Take your photos. Read Tell the story in pictures.

  • If you plan to include people's faces, get their permission, first. Respecting each person's privacy is a vital human right.
  • What is your school's policy about taking photos of students in school? Find out.
  • Generally, photos of people taken out of school, in public places, may not require special permission.
  • It is always best to learn the laws and rules in your area or state BEFORE you take photos.

Always take a few more photos than you anticipate needing. It is much easier to delete an extra photo, than to need one at the last minute.

camera Here are great tips about taking photos. A tips article Adding Impact to Digital Stories. 3 Cs of digitial story telling

5. Use effective narration where needed.

6. Use the same transition throughout your whole project.

7. Music is not required. Only instrumental music may be used. Music is included in Photo Story. Other music must be licensed under Creative Commons or public domain. You must prove this by showing the download link or the cd.

8. Conclusion - Be sure you give the viewer an action to take. Reinforce it in the final scene, like the water video did.

Proof the project. It is funny how speling errors and typeos sneak in to the bets worck. smiling icon

gold star What's with all these rules? You may want to publish your creation on the Internet or show it outside of your classroom. If you do that, it must abide by copyright laws. It is best to build your project within those rules from the start. Additionally, some people have religious or personal objections to having their picture taken. We should all respect that. Period.

Where could you publish it online? | | Google Video

Done Already? Good work.

You get an additional mission. Become a photo journalists and show the big picture. Make a photo essay of the class doing their projects. Or make a "how to" using photos, text, sound and video for your classmates. Demonstrate the steps for making a digital photo slide show or video project. Include one totally terrific tip.


camera Movie rubrics - Rubric | Video Project Rubric | MYO Rubric

The Fundamentals of Digital Storytelling

FlickrLilli | Pics4Learning - copyright friendly images for use in education projects

LearningElectric - on demand tutorials that build skills


Consider the power of images: Photographic artist, Chris Jordan, has used his photos and photo software to create images that send powerful messages about our consumer society. Using single images repeated, he represents huge statistics in a visual format.

Learn by example: Watch "Bottled Water vs. Tap Water" 8th grade Honorable Mention. Does the video motivate you to change your behavior? What impact would there have been if one girl had taken sips from a glass while the other drank from a plastic bottle during the video? Are there "too many" facts? What if they had ended the video by drinking from reusable ecobottles? How does the humor enhance the video?

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Posted 2/2010 by Cynthia J. O'Hora, UTD 4/2020

Aligned with Pennsylvania Academic Standards - Health, Science and Technology; Family and Consumer Sciences; Reading, Writing, Speaking; Arts and Humanities