Engaging Kids with a Digital Video Quilt

For too long video production has been trapped in exclusive media clubs, when it offers perhaps the greatest opportunity to enrapture students across learning styles, curriculum and age levels. In this video entry I discuss the concept of the Digital Video Quilt and how it can be used across grades and curricula to not only introduce the basics of DV but to investigate key concepts and end up with a product! With one cam, one internet connection and one innovative teacher your class can be producing stellar commercials, PSAs and Movie Trailers in no time!

Editor’s note: for those of you in California, don’t forget to enter your students’ projects (for FREE!) in the California Student Media Festival, the nation’s oldest festival celebrating student creativity! Entries accepted beginning in January every year! If you’re not in California, steal our festival and create your own!


Keith Hughes is an educator, youtuber and innovator in the field of technology and education. In 2007, Keith became one of the earliest adopters of the “flipped” class with the creation of HipHughes History on a new platform called YouTube. With over 300 video lectures spanning the Social Studies, current events and pedagogy, HipHughes History has amassed over 6 million views and tens of thousands of fans worldwide. In 2012, YouTube and Khan Academy named him, along with ten other educators from around the world, as a “Next Edu Guru”.

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  • Love this! My ESL students make vignettes in small groups. See Adventures of Frisbee Man. 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPDVCd-8y3M Sound is not great. Any suggestions?
    Humor is always a diffuser of self-consciousness. I like the idea of shorter segments. Lessens anxiety even more, and a whole class project/product. Thanks for sharing!

    • Roz, I love what you are doing. I can only imagine the excitement your kids have. Its hard to give good feedback b/c I don’t know what your learning objective is. What you are doing might work best for those…. in my experience I have found that creating short and focused bookends which really push that learning objective can be beneficial. Are you using a rubric? What are the objectives of their segments? Using titles for each group can also not only point out the context of the obj., but frame each kids work nicely. For instance, “The Heist” followed by “The Conflict” etc……. The more choices you gives kids, the better…. let them pick their title and a subtitle (which on the rubric would push for wit, or vocab or whatever… The rubric for me is muy muy important.

      You already have some mad cool stuff going on, my advice… keep playing, and doing. I really love that its in genre…. if you tweak it to a movie trailer it might give you more flexibility in terms of assigning parts (character dev., plot, conflict, etc) but I taught SS so I really have no clue what I am talking about in terms of curriculum.

      I hope this helps, you must be an awesome teacher.


  • Hi!

    My 9th grade students just read “A Quilt of a Country” by Anna Quindlin, which is an anchor piece for their Common Ground unit. Since we have a class set of Chromebooks, I thought it would be fun to create a “digital” quilt. I was hoping there’d be an “app for that.” I have students from diverse backgrounds, and I thought they could create something symbolic. Any thoughts? Suggestions?

    Thanks for your time!

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