Wow! This is exactly what I've been wanting to do for my site.
Did you produce the video yourselves? Great production quality--solid camera work and clean editing.
Thanks Seth. We have been working with a local video company on producing a set of videos for us. We've budgeted the cost into the cost of the events. Our goal is ultimately to have some video for all of our programs and a couple of overview videos of the Project as well. I had conversations with companies and asked for proposals to compare costs as well. What's been great is that they use the same videographer each time; he's really good, but more importantly people are getting to know him and he's getting to know us, as is the head of the company. Fun stuff.Here's our youtube channel. http://www.youtube.com/novawritingproject
This video is awesome -- so professional. It truly captures the richness and transformative power of the summer institute. You and Northern Virginia have inspired me to get something like this done for our site. I'd love to hear about your process in producing it as well.
I put a few notes about the process in response to Seth above. I will say that we have been really clear with the video people about our goals. Of course, like any composition we see things we want to revise in future work. Happy to answer any specific questions too.
Thanks Sharaon! Here's another one from our student summer institute. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVGIgh29ogQ&feature=plcp
I look forward to seeing you in November.
FABULOUS! Paul, this is a wonderful video. It hits all the right notes, and the spirit of the TC community really comes through. And there's Sheridan too!
Fabulous video--what everyone else said. Would you say a few words about how you intend to use it? New plans for more videos?
See in you Las Vegas.
Thanks Tom. Well, the video serves us in a number of ways. I like to think of it as "capturing or preserving the value of the ISI". The first way is just in helping people who are considering applying for next year's ISI. People always want more information and this is at least a little bit more of a glimpse into teacher's experience. Secondly, we are sending this out to the many people who supported the ISI last year, especially the adminstrators who paid for their teachers to attend. We will also be sending this out in our monthly newsletter to our complte mailing list, which includes the parents of students who take part in our young writers programs. We have adapted the "press release" from National to serve as the headline and the text of the message, which will include our press release, the video, and a picture of all the new TCs, with their school information, and the title of their demonstration lesson.
Northern Virginia Teachers Head Back to School with New Tools to Teach Writing
Of course, we'll be sending this out through our social media (twitter, fbook, pinterest, and youtube), where frankly we are pretty weak, but we're trying!!!
Lastly, we have sent this to the development office at George Mason who is working with us on our fundraising efforts.
The ISI video is the fourth one we've produced in the past year. Our ultimate goal is to produce videos of all our programming and then an four minute overview video of the whole project. http://www.youtube.com/user/NoVAWritingProject?feature=mhee
What I'm really trying to figure out is building a research program. Any ideas would be most welcome?
Looking forward to seeing you and the rest of the orchestra in November.
Paul, Very smart video and I love how you are thinking about using this with teachers, administrators, and development officers. I can hear echoes of so much of the research that you and other folks at SCWriP did in this -- and, of course, Jim Gray.
Great work. Linda