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documentary video

For many people video means fast cuts, driving music and a snappy voice over. And whilst this may work in business, in education a considered approach is more appropriate and usually more effective.

Documentary video - with the camera quietly watching what happens in and around the classroom, nothing set up or repeated - is a less intrusive way to make a video, and a powerful way of communicating with an audience.

Its honesty, its lack of manipulation or gloss, encourages the audience to engage with the scenes they are watching and makes them receptive to your key learning objectives. And with careful preparation and editing, choosing where to put the camera and selecting the most appropriate shots, you can precisely communicate your key ideas.

Observational, 'fly-on-the-wall' documentary video may also incorporate:

  • case studies - focusing on individual students or programmes, highlighting best practice, teaching innovations and learning techniques.
  • interviews and vox pops - talking to teachers, parents and students enabling them to share their experiences and express their ideas.
  • video diaries - students and teachers can use inexpensive digital cameras to collect their own video images to tell their stories.