This is the video I created for the 2013 Apple Distinguished Educator Institute. Though there isn't a voiceover, I've included the original script below:
That was a clip from Amit Soni’s short film Run, which in and of itself doesn’t make for much of a story. The compelling part is that Amit wasn’t even in my class when he completed his “action scene” project. That was happening before iTunes U; now, thousands of other students have joined the ones in my classroom, and our Introduction to Film course has gone global.
I’m Patrick Fogarty from Brooklyn, New York, and my students both local and global are help me tell the story of our Film class with their incredible work. Because ultimately, the reason I’m up here is because they choose to do great things. I just get out of the way.
My students are diverse, talented, driven, and creative, but most importantly, they’re inspiring. I know this because once I began posting their completed assignments on iTunes U, something that surprised us all happened: people actually watched them. Other students in the course from around the world saw what our students had done and decided that they could do it too.
It turns out they were absolutely right, and they started a tidal wave that I’m incredibly grateful for. My students were proud as people viewed, shared, discussed and emulated their work. In many ways, iTunes U and iBooks Author allowed me to live the teacher’s dream: letting students teach each other.
As more and more students signed up, I began getting links to projects, then emails from as far away as China and as close as Queens asking for feedback, new assignments, even grades. 26,000 students later, I’m proud to say my students have touched the lives of thousands, and their work continues to inspire a global community of learners.
iTunes U allows us to provide our students with access to our lessons and resources. It engages them no matter what language they speak. And it helps us anticipate the skills they’ll need to be creators rather than consumers as they continue their education. And as excited I am to present this to you, they were a thousand times more excited when I told them I’d be showing hundreds of education leaders their work.
iTunes U has helped thousands of students enter the world of filmmaking for the first time in a collaborative, nurturing environment. It’s allowed my students to experience other cultures from our classroom. And it’s provided me with a venue to share something that means the world to me. And for that, I and 26,000 students from around the world can only say: thanks.