I had a chance to work with our Anatomy & Physiology classes, taught by Dr. Badraslioglu, this past week. We used WeVideo to have students create a “Beneath the Surface: Musculoskeletal Disorders Project” to showcase what they are learning in class. This activity allowed them to use the vocabulary they have been learning to this point and create a compelling visual presentation of their knowledge.
Dr. Badraslioglu had students partner up and assigned each group a musculoskeletal disorder. The goal was for students to show the pathology of that disease by talking through skeletal and muscular impacts on the body. Their options were:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Rotator Cuff Tear
- ACL injuries
Using green screen, students were able to visually show these deformities while talking through and analyzing the impact of the disease on the human body in their video.
We first had students storyboard their idea in groups. They needed to focus on the body parts affected by the specific disorder they were assigned. In their storyboarding step, Dr. Badraslioglu asked students to:
- research their assigned disease and identify which body parts to focus on
- create a script talking through the impact of their assigned disease on each of the body parts they have chosen to highlight
- decide how they plan to record their video, how they will hold their green piece of paper to sync up with their narrative, etc.
The next step was for students to create their video recording (using their phone). While holding a solid, colored sheet of paper over various parts of their body (those they had decided to focus on in the storyboarding step), students talked about the impact of their disorder on the human body. Students so far had studied the skeletal and muscular systems. This narrative served as the basis for the video edits they would make in the final step of the project.
Getting Started In WeVideo
Groups then turned to their computer to find animations and GIFs for the relevant organs and body parts that they referenced in their video recording. We recommended students use a Google Image search (filtered by type=animation), giphy.com, or look for animated content directly in WeVideo. Here is a video tutorial orienting students to this part of the activity:
Finally, students turned to WeVideo to make the magic happen and bring all of this together. The first step was importing all the content into WeVideo. Here is a tutorial to help them with this step:
Next up, the fun part, using the green screen (chroma key) in WeVideo:
It was fun to see students get creative with these projects. For almost all of them, it was their first time using WeVideo. Here are some project exemplars: