January is all about innovative technology, and some of the technology that has been featured on Teachers Engage centers around video production. One might question have is how video production addresses the Common Core Standards, which is why you are reading this!


There are multiple tools out there to help with video production. Gail challenges us to look at the Do Ink and Vee Scope, apps used for green screening. Deb gives us a more in-depth look at Do Ink, and also shares with us the LadiBug Stop Motion App.


When you do video production with your students, the hope is that you will not just “set them free,” but will have a structured project. In the structure, they will create a storyboard, and most likely write a script. (For more information about story maps, check out October’s Classroom Challenge). This process will allow them to not only have a solid plan, but also address many of the writing standards. How the assignment is structured will greatly impact which of the standards are addressed, but it is possible to address nearly all of the writing standards when you ask students to plan their video and write a script. Once they start to create their videos, students will also be addressing speaking and listening standards as well as language standards.


Let’s look at an example outline of a video production project you might have students do, and the standards it will address.


The Project: Students will be using Do Ink, a green screening app, to record a news segment about what they believe is the most important event in history. Once all news segments are recorded, students will watch them, and vote on which event they now feel is the most important one.


Students will work in pairs or teams to plan and create their news segment

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Students will conduct research about an event in their chosen time period

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Students will select an image that is appropriate for the time period

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.

Students will create a storyboard for their video

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.Students will write a script for their video

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

Students will produce their video news segment using Do Ink

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.6 Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.

Students will watch and evaluate each other’s videos to determine which event was most important in history

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.3 Evaluate a speaker’s point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.


As you can see, how the project is structured allows me to address many of the Common Core Standards while engaging students with innovative technology, and a meaningful activity.


Utilizing Do Ink, VeeCast or LadiBug Stop Motion - Can you create a project that addresses most of the standards?

Is there another app that you use for video production that you wish to share?


Click here for a full list of the Common Core State Standards for ELA


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