Video and Sound Production Skills in the Classroom

Today’s students are media savvy. They listen to music, take pictures with cell phones and cameras, play electronic games, use the computer to download songs and view videos, and watch movies and television. They are avid consumers of a variety of media in their leisure time. What better way of hooking their interest than to integrate and develop these video and sound production skills in a meaningful learning environment?

Media production engages and excites students.

Video and Sound Production Skills and Technology Integration

Media production is a great hook to entice student interest.

Creating media through video and sound production has many advantages.
It can:

  • incite the interest of all students, including those with learning challenges
  • practice the planning process
  • develop social and group work skills
  • improve communication skills
  • foster self-esteem and self-awareness
  • sharpen critical thinking

Video and sound production involves the creation and editing of audio and video. This requires specialty software such as Movie Maker and Sound Recorder.

There are many products your students can create using video and sound production equipment and software.

  • narration
  • digital story
  • song
  • play or skit
  • public service announcement
  • animated photo album

When selecting a product you want students to create using a video and sound production program, it is essential to determine the technology skills that are required. In addition, you must consider the students’ grade level and previous computer experience prior to selecting a task. Video and sound production skills can be grouped into basic and advanced levels of difficulty.

Basic Video and Sound Production Skills:

    • open and close a file
    • play, pause, stop, rewind, or fast forward
    • play a specific part of a file
    • preview the file in different views
    • record an audio or video clip
Advanced Video and Sound Production Skills

  • delete unwanted frames
  • split or combine frames
  • apply video effects
  • add text overlays to a video
  • insert transitions between video clips

Using media that is relevant to students inspires interest and authentic learning experiences. With very basic equipment, video and sound production skills can be integrated into any level of technology curriculum. All quiet on the set! Lights! Camera! Action!


About TechnoHella

Hella Comat, Curriculum Writer - Hella Comat is a dedicated professional, who has taught in the education system for more than 30 years. As a pioneer of technology integration in Ontario public schools she was one of the first teachers to introduce the internet, video conferencing, web design, and multimedia learning activities to teachers and students in the Halton Board. To inspire teachers to use technology, she has led sessions for the Touch Technology program, ran workshops at education conferences, and sat on numerous advisory committees related to technology-issues. In recent years she taught the Computer in the Classroom course, at York University. Her lifelong commitment to teaching and learning was acknowledged when she was honored as the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics. Hella's contribution to the blog includes entries about the importance of technology integration. Drawing from her in-depth knowledge of technology in the classroom Hella writes about teaching strategies and useful resources that can benefit your practice. In addition, she provides innovative lesson ideas that you can implement into your own curriculum.