Maker Video

Back in class, this year CEP811, and working on my first assignment: talk about what “Maker” means to you, and do not leave it until the last moment! Fortunately, I took the advice, and started early, which was good because things did not go as planned.

I wanted to talk about what the maker movement means for me as an educator. How do I incorporate these ideas into my classroom. How can I be a part of the maker movement? Like my students, I want to know how my classes will apply to my real life. As fascinating as I found some of the information about makers and making, if it isn’t applicable, I’m wasting my time. Pondering the videos and readings, I realized that teachers have always been a part of the maker movement. It can be more difficult to incorporate at the high school level where I teach, especially in core classes, but becomes a vital tool of engagement at those levels. Students love to create and express themselves, teachers just need to tap into to that more in the assignments and projects they create.

I had my idea. It was time to start the video compilation, and that was where I ran into trouble. The editor, WeVideo, was not the problem. It was pretty easy to use, after watching a couple tutorial videos and playing around with it a bit. It was finding videos with the proper Creative Commons license that was most difficult. I started with the Library of Congress, whose videos are free to use and repurpose. It is a wonderful resource, but I wanted to include some more modern videos. I searched through the Prelinger Archives and found some really fascinating videos in there. (I lost some time to distraction…) Neither of these resources had quite what I was looking to use for my video, so I moved on to Vimeo. I have never been so frustrated with a resource. I needed to sign up for the service, and then I still could not get their search feature to work within the Creative Commons section. I browsed for hours through videos I could not sort, looking for what I wanted. When I finally found it, I could not figure out how to download it. I Googled, I played around with it, but I could not download videos from Vimeo. I took a break and read the blogs of some of my fellow students, watching their videos for inspiration. Lauren said she had the most success with Google Advanced Search, so I tried that. Success at last!

My finished product is below:

Some takeaways from this assignment:

  1. Making your own videos from scratch is much easier than remixing existing videos.
  2. When the assignment says give yourself extra time, they really mean it.
  3. The time constraint on the video was surprisingly difficult to maintain.
  4. This assignment was very interesting, in the way that a teacher could themselves employ a similar type of project to enhance/elicit student understanding.


Dougherty, D. (Actor). (2011). We are makers [Online video]. Retrieved from

Video Resources:

Bitzer, G. W., American Mutoscope And Biograph Company & Paper Print Collection. (1904) Taping coils, Westinghouse works. United States: American Mutoscope and Biograph Company. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, July 2018,
City of New York, Board of Education, Bureau of Audiovisual Instruction, Film Production Unit. (1964) Education for Excellence. [Video] Retrieved from Prelinger Archives, July 2018,
So, You’re Going to High School. (c. 1950s) [Video] Retrieved from Prelinger Archives, July 2018,
University of Texas at Austin, Department of French and Italian. Graduate student instructor: Jason Brazeal. CC-BY. Retreived from University of Texas, July 2018,
Screen-capture, 2018. Elena Plenda, using Snag-it.
NLP Final Video, 2017. Elena Plenda.
Chemistry Behind the Magic: Indicators. Retrieved from MIT Open Courseware, July 2018,
Dance video, 2018. Elena Plenda. Choreography: Lisa Hovey.
3D printer photo: John Abella. Retrieved July 2018 from flickr,
Music: Serum, by Square a Saw. Retrieved July 2018 from