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Ashoka - Smartphone Video Storytelling in your classroom

Smartphone video production for Classroom Teachers and Students. Cinematography + Shoot & Edit Videos on iPhone & iPad
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  • 2 Supplemental Resources
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  • Access on mobile and TV
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The ability to find, shoot and tell a visual story with just a smartphone is a skill that can be learned, and taught to students.

Modern teachers and students carry powerful mobile video devices into classrooms every day. Learn and teach students how to make amazing video stories with your smartphone.

  • Get the apps and gear that make great video
  • Master shot sizes and film patterns
  • Capture smooth, high quality video
  • Transform photos and a script into a video clip
  • Make a newsmaker video from soundbites and sequences
  • Learn how to conduct a video interview
  • Record amazing voice over narration
  • Edit video stories on your smartphone
  • Fix common problems with audio and pictures
  • Master the fundamentals of telling a video story

Everyone has a story to tell.

This self-directed, certificate course can be completed in less than two hours.

This course was designed for the Ashoka Network of Changemaker Schools, which gathers 200+ schools around the world that are transforming the experience of education and enabling all students to become changemakers: young people with the skills and confidence to change the world for the good of all.

The course features video lessons that teach video storytelling methods in less than two hours.


Access to an iPhone 5 or newer, or iPad/iPad mini is needed for best results. Apps for Android will be included in the course and the filming exercises will be able to be completed using either an Apple or Android device.

A list of apps will be shown in the course. Most are free, but some may incur a small one-time cost.

Research shows that visual content is the key to increasing comprehension and visual storytelling methods are more effective and memorable.

Study after study shows that you can magnify your messaging by mastering visual storytelling techniques.

  1. Content with relevant images gets 94 percent more views than content without.
  2. Tweets with images receive 150 percent more retweets and twice the engagement.
  3. Images are more important than hashtags and usernames in social media content campaigns.
  4. 50 percent of all Internet users have reposted a photo or video they have found online.
  5. Photo and video posts on Pinterest refer more traffic than Twitter, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn and Google+ combined.
  6. Studies show our brains not only process visuals faster, but they retain and transmit much more information when it's delivered visually.
  7. The brain processes visuals 60,000 times faster than it does text
  8. Sixty-three percent of social media is made up of images.
Who is the target audience?
  • This video course is designed for teachers to learn techniques for using video in the classroom.
  • This course is the perfect primer for learning video and filmmaking techniques using the camera you already have with you.
  • Student can take this course to learn how to create video and visual stories for class projects.
  • Anyone who wants to know how to make better photos and video with their smartphone.
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What Will I Learn?
Quickly create social videos
Get the apps and gear that make great video
Master shot sizes and film patterns
Capture smooth, high quality video
Transform photos and a script into a video clip
Make a newsmaker video from soundbites and sequences
Learn how to conduct a video interview
Record amazing voice over narration
Edit video stories on your smartphone
Fix common problems with audio and pictures
Master the fundamentals of telling a video story
View Curriculum
  • No previous video experience is required. No technical knowledge is needed. This course will walk you through every step.
  • You will need to download a few apps to take this course. Many are free, but some have a small fee attached.
  • This course shows you the gear, the apps and techniques for video. Most of the demos are shown with iPhone and iPad as it is currently the easiest and most powerful mobile video platform.
  • There are not always equivalent apps or solutions for Android users, but when there are - we include them.
Curriculum For This Course
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4 Lectures 03:35
How to take this course

Ross Hall welcomes you to this course - designed for the Ashoka Changemaker Schools Network.

Preview 00:55

Meet your instructor

How to tell a video story
2 Lectures 06:21
10 types of video stories

Checking in
How to make a video from photos and a script
4 Lectures 28:54
Writing to pictures

How to prepare a script

Exercise: Make a video from a photo story
Apps and gear for video production
5 Lectures 17:39

The basic kit to upgrade the quality of your video production with a smartphone

The reasons for gear: Stability, Light and Sound

Apps for Video

Apps list (Android and iOS) Updated!

The video you upload to Facebook from an iPhone or iPad is low quality by default. Let’s fix that!

How to upload HD video to Facebook
How to film video clips
3 Lectures 11:12

The grammar of video and sneaker zoom

Master shot sizes and steady shots

The six-shot filming pattern

EXERCISE: Make a video sequence from the six shots
Make a walkthrough video with simple clips
5 Lectures 07:16
Case study one: Tim Pool video story

Android and iOS app will let you record and edit a simple video from Multiple clips.

Case study Two: Film and edit a behind the scenes video

This 30-second video walkthrough video was produced using the Twitter app and shared in almost instantly on the social media stream of the reporter.

Sample video produced with Twitter

Use Twitter to film, edit and share a 30-second video report

Make a video with Twitter app

EXERCISE: Make a Behind the scenes video using the Twitter app
How to film interviews
3 Lectures 07:07

Interview questions that generate sound bites

EXERCISE: Make a video clip of sound bites from an interview
Make a newsmaker video from soundbites and sequences
1 Lecture 11:47
How to build a short personality video from soundbites and sequences
1 Lecture 01:17
Apps for iPhone and Android video production
Finishing up
2 Lectures 01:00

Lets check for understanding.

What did you learn?
2 questions

Feedback about this course

Final lecture
About the Instructor
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Video journalism professor

Robb Montgomery has taught more than 10,000 people, just like yourself, how to make great-looking video stories with small cameras and smartphones.

His workshops and courses are used by reporters at CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, BBC, RTÉ Ireland TV, and many public broadcasters like VRT in Belgium and Mediacorp in Singapore. 

His Smart Film School video courses are required for every student at the EFJ journalism school in France. FH Journalism School, Notre Dame and the Danish School of Journalism also the education discount to issue his video courses to all students. Styria Media in Europe has an Enterprise-wide license that allows every employee full access to all of Montgomery's video training courses.

Why? Montgomery is a global expert in video storytelling and innovation strategy and is based in Berlin, Germany. He is the author of "A Field Guide for Mobile Journalism,”  and a new book on video storytelling to be published by Taylor & Francis (London and New York).

As a WAN-IFRA expert, he works with journalists worldwide to develop mobile video projects and as a design-thinking expert, he leads internal teams at media companies to rapidly develop actionable prototypes and new products.

For Media Development projects in Egypt and Georgia, Montgomery developed the world's first mobile journalism school and has trained thousands of journalists in video storytelling, social media, and design thinking processes.

He produces diploma courses on mobile journalism at universities in Europe.

Montgomery was elected as a "Storyteller in Residence" for the Ashoka Foundation in 2015. 

In 2014 he launched the Smart Film School — an e-learning platform with course packs of video tutorials that teach social video, mobile journalism and documentary filmmaking. 

Montgomery previously served as an editorial art director for the Chicago Tribune, Page One editor for the Chicago-Sun-Times, and has redesigned several major newspapers including the Chicago Sun Times and the San Francisco Examiner.

His work with the investigative journalism team at the Sun-Times won him recognition at the Peter Lisagor awards and he has been awarded top honors in Society of News Design competitions since 1992.

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