Share your (ed) Moment
HERE’S HOW YOU DO IT:
1. Identify your (ed)moment.
It’s what you, as a teacher, live for — those times when one or more of your students suddenly see the world in a new and wonderful way and are amaz(ed), transform(ed) or just plain wow(ed).
Your (ed)moment can happen in class, between classes and even after class.
- Share a first grader’s insightful drawing of world peace.
- Share an idea that changed the way your students engage in class.
- Share a skit, a speech, a song, a solution to a math problem, a science experiment or any of the amazing moments that are happening every day in your classroom and school.
2. Capture your (ed)moment in a video (.mov), a photograph, a student drawing or with just words alone.
For example, here are some of the ways a teacher from Irondale High School might share his (ed)moment — HIGH FIV(ed), a fun but powerful way that he connects with students between classes.
- Who: Eric Burtness, a social studies teacher and THE HIGH FIVE GUY. What: Unlimited high fives for students.
- When: Between classes.
- Where: Just outside his classroom at Irondale High School.
- Why: It’s a simple but powerful way to connect with students. Eric says: “A girl said that I made her day. And I was like, ‘Wow. It means something to me, too.’”
- How: With enthusiasm, of course. High fives — and even low fives and old-fashioned handshakes — to all takers passing by him in the hall.
Submitted image example:
- Keep your (ed)moment short and sweet, and don’t forget the five W’s and the H — who, what, when, where, why and how.
- If you show students’ faces or work in a video or photo, you’ll need a consent form (signed by parents if the student is under 18).
- Think about asking photography, art or even communications students in your school to help capture your story — a potential (ed)moment in itself.
Here are some of the ways we may use your story:
3. Send us your (ed)moment, photo, drawing, consent forms if necessary, and any other visual.
If you have a video we’ll respond with a Dropbox link for you to share it with us. There are tips below for how to take video and photos. Then, start all over again. (ed) moments, as you know, are unlimited.
To share your (ed)moment and ask any questions, email:
Phone video guidelines
Horizontal like the pros.
Shoot the video in a horizontal format — not vertical. If your front camera is not HD, try using back camera for better quality.
If possible, rest your device on a shelf or ledge while shooting to help stabilize the image. You can also sit at a desk facing a window and brace your elbows on the desk. If this isn’t possible, ask someone to record the video for you or hold your device as steady as possible.
High quality is the key.
Shoot at the highest resolution your device allows and transfer/send at the actual size of the video; do not downsize when uploading or transferring.
Loud and clear.
Keep your device close to you and speak up for best audio — extend your arm out and slightly bend your elbow if needed.
Look into the lens.
Keep your device at eye level — avoid looking down or up.
Clean is beautiful!
Keep the lens clear and clean — make sure your hand is not covering the speakers/microphone and that your fingers and hand are not in the video.
Center yourself on screen, making sure your entire face and upper body are in the shot, and look directly at your camera lens.
Quiet on set!
Sit in a quiet space free of background noises: TV, kids playing, loud fans. Face the light. Position yourself facing a window with ample, natural light and make sure there is no direct light such as a lamp or window behind you.
Smile! Have fun with it!