Introducing New Curriculum for VideoStudio Pro in Education!

It is my pleasure to announce today at ISTE2012 in San Diego the availability of new curriculum for Corel VideoStudio Pro!

Thanks to its ease-of-use, speed and creativity in video editing, Corel VideoStudio Pro has been growing in education. When we talked to teachers and educational technology administrators, we were consistently asked if we could add curriculum to an offering that has become well-known for ease-of-use and instructional tutorials, whether they’re on YouTube, in our Corel Guide, or on Corel’s Discovery Centre.

The curriculum materials that we’re making available today provide the information students and teachers need to integrate video into their educational plans and deliver a wide range of benefits.

Read on after the jump to learn more about the benefits of Video in the classroom. Starting today you may download Corel’s VideoStudio curriculum materials absolutely free.

Teacher Guide

Corel plans to evolve this curriculum on an ongoing basis, so please do post your feedback in the comments section and help us deliver the best possible tools to support video in Education.

Corel VideoStudio Pro Teacher Guide
All the tools you need to get going with video in the classroom, including evaluation models and 17 sample lesson plans

Corel VideoStudio Pro Student Guide
Comprehensive, 170+page guide to video and VideoStudio in the classroom, including ease-to-follow introductions to key VideoStudio Pro features (version X4 and higher).

Corel Teacher Resources (33MB)
Reusable tools to help teachers capture the power of video. A complete sample project, storyboard template, copyright permission forms, a project planning gant chart template, video log template and more!

And these are all free!

Corel is a big believer in the power of video in education. Corel’s Greg Wood will be presenting at ISTE 2012 this week on aspects of video in education covered in this curriculum–you’ll find him Tuesday at the Digtial Story Telling SIG digital playground.

Here’s an excerpt from our new curriculum that captures how we feel about video in education:

When used as an integral part of the curriculum, video has a number of proven benefits to teachers and students alike:

1. Added stimulus and re-enforcement

The use of digital storytelling in the classroom can actively re-enforce more traditional teaching techniques and has the benefit of engaging all types of learners including visual, auditory and kinesthetic learners.

Students of all ages relate well to video and the very nature of the medium allows you to use this technology to offer added stimulus to more traditional classroom activities.

2. Conceptual Understanding

The use of video within the classroom can assist in providing a greater understanding and conceptual clarity.

The processes involved and discussed in this guide relating to development of digital video projects are designed to help students develop a faster engagement with a topic and often a deeper understanding of ideas than traditional written texts alone can provide.

3. Development of Higher-order Thinking

Working on a digital video storytelling project engages students in a range of processes from original conception through to the final production which encourages and develops higher-order thinking skills.

The stages and processes involved in developing the project often involve problem solving and collaboration, while also assisting students to think logically and sequentially.

This type of project also promotes analytical thinking skills, encouraging students to select information in a thoughtful, yet critical manner. These skills can then be transferred to other aspects of their learning.

4. Development of Communication Skills

From the initial story writing through to the final production, students are given new impetus to develop written, verbal and expressive communication skills.

The fact that their story will become a video adds momentum to the activity and encourages the student to consider methods with which the story may be communicated beyond the written word.

5. Creativity

The use of multiple media encourages students to express themselves in ways that traditional learning techniques often cannot.

The ability to animate a story using video, photos, images, music, voice and special effects allows students to develop creative thinking skills.

6. Ownership

As the writer, producer and star of their production, students develop a greater sense of ownership and this, in turn, helps develop a greater sense of autonomy and independence.

7. Assessment

Digital video and digital video editing are also very effective for assessment, self assessment and assessment for learning. This technology allows you to easily keep a record of student skills that would otherwise be quite difficult, such as the emotional, oral and interaction skills of a student.

In addition to the above, teachers may re-purpose existing media to suit classroom activities and/or to deliver more traditional content in new and exciting ways that help engage students from a variety of different learning styles.

In the digital world in which we live, it is increasingly important that these technologies are seamlessly incorporated into everyday learning patterns.

The use of video and images combined with a soundtrack (voice-over narration used to present facts and music used to evoke emotion) enables video to cover and explain complex issues in a relatively short amount of time.

More importantly, digital video is proven to engage students in ways never before imagined, allowing students to combine video, images, music, narration and special effects within a single project.

The teacher resources include:

  • Important information on how to integrate video into your multimedia-based activities
  • A guide to setting up your infrastructure to handle video in the classroom
  • A range of project ideas for using digital video your classroom

The guide also aims to cater to both primary and high school teachers and offers a range of projects suitable for all grades.

We understand that multimedia should be relatively transparent to teaching.

Very few teachers enjoy the luxury of being employed to specifically teach software. However, many teachers are increasingly expected to teach using software.

This guide respects this fact and is designed to help make using digital video in your classroom an easy and enjoyable experience.

About Greg Wood

Greg Wood, a 10-year veteran of the consumer technology business, is responsible for the global product marketing of Corel's video-editing software, VideoStudio Pro. In his role, Greg's goal is to empower customers to express their creativity in video.
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One Response to Introducing New Curriculum for VideoStudio Pro in Education!

  1. Charlotte Ferrell says:

    This is an excellent resource for teachers and students. I am both a University educator and a writer engaged in learning filmmaking. I was studying AVID but not in a position to buy a new computer or laptop capable of handling AVID software, as well as purchasing the program. In one day, using your student resources I have gotten a better understanding of CODECs and found project planning tools within a workbook for using VideoStudio x5. I purchased VideoStudio Ultimate last night and stumbled upon these resources while trying to find a curriculum or digital users manual that takes a new user from a-z. I will definitely recommend this program to other instructors – of various subjects- because it so succinctly and clearly organizes everything that one otherwise gets across 2-3 video production and editing courses. I definitely will continue to share my experiences and ideas while using your resource materials.

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