Once again, I love it! Not only are you are raising the tech literacy, but lots of other literacies as well for the entire community--students, families, educators.
Two points I would like to echo and amplify:
1) Your point 3, "use effects wisely and sparingly." YES!!!!!!!
For a long time, viewers of my own videos were treated to a roller coaster ride of zooms, pans, and camera movement. The content of my work was lost in dizziness and nausea. Learning when *not* to use effects and when to use them focuses videographers on what they are trying to say and how the camera helps them to say it. This extends the traditional use of language in telling a story.
2) In your point 2, 4, and 5: Researching primary sources, evaluating them, and editing them into the narrative of the story is so important in the development of educated consumers and producers of non-fiction. The earlier we start learning and practicing this (including skepticism, demand for evidence, thoughtful interpretation) the more it becomes part of our fundamental approach to information (newspapers, blogs, sales pitches, school yard disputes, etc.).
Look out Ken Burns...you've got competition!
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