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Media: Video narrative


After earning this badge, you will be able to use media editing software to produce a video

The rich medium of video lets you combine moving images with an audio track. It's probably today's most-consumed medium, and it's technically the hardest to produce.


WATCH (below) Video 101: Shooting Basics (Vimeo)

Get to know the software

Learn the basics of Adobe Spark Video


Reflect on what you learned and make some notes for later writing. These prompts may help:

  • I chose this badge because ...
  • From my own experience ...
  • I have already used ... to ...
  • I have (not) used video before because ...
  • Something I learned that surprised me was ...


Produce a a 45- to 90-second video that could be used with a class in your discipline. video. It could be an elevator pitch, a how-to video, a digital story, or something else.

  1. WRITE A SCRIPT - limit yourself to 200 words; shorter is better.
  2. MAKE A SHOT LIST - you need at least TWO different shots; a single uncut clip is not acceptable. Identify what you want and where you'll record. Some ideas:
    1. A person speaking - a narrator or someone being interviewed
    2. Someone making or doing what's described in the video
    3. Background video (B-roll) - a busy street, South Quad, etc.
      KEEP ALL RAW MEDIA until you have earned the badge!
  3. SHOOT - capture raw video. We don't expect pro work, but it must not be dark, jumpy, or inaudible. Use a smartphone, the One Button Studio, or a camera.
  4. DOWNLOAD copyright-safe, Creative Commons licensed media
    1. Music soundtrack from the YouTube Audio Library.
    2. OPTIONAL - video clips (B-roll) from videos.pexels.com.
    3. OPTIONAL - still images from pexels.com
  5. EDIT and PUBLISH - use Adobe Spark Video to mix your media.
    This step-by-step guide will help.
    • Title - opening screen
    • Credits - on the final screen provide a title, artist and URL for music, video and images that you did not create.
    • Original video clips
    • Options - add B-roll video or still images
  6. DOCUMENT - show how you assembled the video; grab a Spark editing screen.
    [how to take a screenshot / capture the screen on your device]



Write a reflection of at least 250 words.

Include (at least) the following in your reflection:

Connections - relate your learning for this badge to your own teaching & learning, both past experience and future plans

Link - at least one other resource, article, website, etc.

Media - at least one embedded image or video (include the source).

These prompts may help:

  • I chose ... for my video because ...
  • An aspect of making the video that I really enjoyed was ... because ...
  • I had never tried ... , and it ended up ...
  • To learn more about video editing, I expect to ...
  • Another way I can imagine using video editing software is ...
  • A video-based assignment I could incorporate in my teaching is ...
  • It's important for students to know ...
  • Now that I know how to do this I will do ... differently


Rename your eportfolio's "Media" page "Video Narrative".

Check the Apply tab to be sure you have done what is required.

Be sure you are displaying this content on the page (not just a link to a file):

  • The video
  • Your reflection (include the items highlighted on the previous Reflect tab)
  • The editing screen capture image

Publish the page.

From your ePortfolio, submit this page for the Video Narrative Badge assignment. All of the evidence is on the page, so you don't need to upload files as well.

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