Magazine article Technology & Learning

Making a One-Take Video

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Making a One-Take Video

Article excerpt

The One-Take Video requires a topic, written script, narration, simple props, and a collaborative group of students with a small camera. The video, usually under three minutes, is done in one take. Students write a script covering the topic and prepare props that integrate with the script. When ready to shoot the video, the script, camera, and props are incorporated into a video production that begins with the record button being turned on, and ends with the record button being turned off.

Pick a Topic

A simple One-Take Video can be the focus of an activity for any curricular area. Decide on whether it will explain a concept, demonstrate an idea, give a procedural overview, or show a demonstration of learning.

Assign the Groups

In the spirit of PBL, students should be divided into groups. Three seems to be a good number. While all students should help facilitate all tasks, a manager for each role will also help. These roles include script writer/reader, prop creation and manipulator, and technical and project manager.


The pre-production includes writing the script. It should be creative, easy to understand, and concise. …

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