There’s nothing like the power of story. This one has the two things that rule all else in life: Love and loss. All told through the lens of memory. Enjoy.
This video about sustainable fishing and sushi hit the Interwebs in the last couple of days. In terms of content and strident purpose, it reminds me of another video, The Meatrix, which critiques industrial meat production. Although both were painstakingly produced, the two videos use very different styles. But there’s something else that’s different, and I think that difference is more profound.
Can you spot that difference? In my view, it’s what makes one video far more effective and memorable than the other. I’ll leave it to you to decide.
I like this mashup of live action footage, pseudo stop motion, and clever cutting. Well done!
I love this new campaign from Adam Heenan, a public school teacher from Chicago. He’s invited teachers from all over to weigh in on the issues they care about and advocate for their profession — on YouTube. It’s a powerful seed for a grassroots campaign that could help teachers “reclaim what has been lost: our authority in our vocation,” says Heenan.
Heenan is asking teachers to speak into the camera in their “teacher voice” and upload a video of around 30 seconds in length to YouTube. The topic can be pretty much anything, he says:
You may speak on any edu-topic of your choosing. UYTV does not have a political stance past encouraging you to reclaim your stance. I do expect some common themes to crop up, and if you wish to, feel free to speak on any or all of these topics: high-stakes testing, equitable funding, public schools, classroom size, teacher evaluations, decision-making, curriculum and instruction, education reform, etc.
Learn more about the campaign at Heenan’s Web site.
Over at Planet Nutshell, we’ve been working with the great people at the Utah Education Network for about two years now. We began with an 18-video series on Internet safety for K-12 classrooms, which is still in progress and has been deployed on the NetSafe Utah Web site. We followed that up with an award-winning 11-video series on climate science for middle and high-schoolers.
All of our work for UEN is grant-funded; the Internet safety series was funded by the State of Utah and the climate science series was funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. UEN, which has a mission to provide content to classrooms across Utah and beyond, now has a fantastic library of content that’s accessible by teachers, students, and parents. Leading this effort at UEN is the very talented and visionary Laura Hunter. She’s really ahead of the curve when it comes to creating educational content that reaches people in new ways — most importantly, on the Web.
At Planet Nutshell, we love working on grant-funded educational videos, as it allows us to conduct focused research on a given topic and then create Nutshells that educate a wide range of audiences — grade-schoolers, high-schoolers, and adults. It’s the work we love to do most — educational content for good that’s backed by non-profits, state educational funding, and organizations that want to build a better world.
The real trick to creating great content is finding someone like Laura Hunter who can drive the grant-funding process and rally the creative resources to make projects happen. If you’re looking to reach an audience with grant-funded educational content, then I urge you to get in touch with her for guidance. Email her at email@example.com, or via twitter: @lauhun
Here’s one of the videos from the climate science series:
And one from the Internet safety series: