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Digital Media Resources for Photography and Video

Adobe Youth Voices (AYV)

Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) is a great source of curriculum and lesson plans for presenting Digital Media and photography lessons to youth of all ages. Following are links to the AYV curriculum and online resources which are available for your use. This material was developed by the Adobe corporation's educational division. Because of this, the curriculum uses adobe software. 4-H is not advocating for any particular software, we are sharing quality materials that will help youth learn to use digital media in order to share their ideas, thoughts, and perspectives in a fun and engaging manner.

Please note: other media lessons and curriculum follow this section.

The AYV curricula was designed with the goal of Creating with Purpose, using Youth Voice and digital media to tell youth's unique story.

The curriculum is based on the sole idea, that youth have a story tell and are interested in sharing. The AYV program and process give them the tools to do so.

So, please enjoy and take full advantage of the following materials and lesson plans.


AYV Curriculum and Guides

Adobe Youth Voices Website

Adobe Youth Voices Resources, Curriculum, and Materials

This website is full of curriculum, resources, educational and instructional videos and materials designed to help youth Create with Purpose.

AYV Program Guide

The AYV Program Guide, designed for desktop or tablet, is intended to both orient and support educators who are planning and implementing creative media projects with young people. The Guide presents a vibrant road map for the learning experience and provides educators with planning tools, examples, and tips for launching and sustaining effective youth media programs. It encourages educators to develop their own approach, with inspiration from an array of instructional materials, embedded video tutorials, and sample youth works from around the globe. The practical ideas shared in this Guide, together with the teaching and learning resources from some of the best thinkers and artists in the field, will, we believe, prove to be an invaluable resource to educators working with young media artists. Last updated on April 10, 2014.

Telling My Own Story: Digital Storytelling Curriculum

Participants will use Adobe® Photoshop® Elements, Adobe Premiere® Elements, or other photo- and video-editing software to create a digital story. Participants will explore their own histories to construct a personal narrative. The adult facilitators will help the youth participants utilize media tools in order to effectively communicate their ideas and tell their stories in a unique and personal way. Last uploaded on July 14, 2014.

A Place to Call Home: Photo Essay Curriculum

Participants will use Adobe® Photoshop® Elements, Adobe Premiere® Elements, or other photo- and video-editing software to create a photo essay. Participants will be asked to formulate answers to the question, "What makes home, home?" Adult facilitators will help the youth participants utilize media tools in order to effectively communicate their ideas and tell their stories in unique and personal ways.


AYV Video Tutorial Links


Shot Composition Video Tutorial

The way you compose a shot determines the type of impact your story will have, whether you are shooting still images or video. A well-composed shot not only looks good, but also helps to communicate your message more effectively. This tutorial covers the shot composition guidelines that good visual storytellers should follow.

Shot Composition Handout

Conducting a Video Shoot Video Tutorial

Shooting video can be simple and fun if you know the basics. Not every camera is made alike, so you’ll need to spend some time with your own gear to get to know its functionality. This video explores important steps to take before, during, and after a video shoot to help create a high quality project with an efficient workflow.

Critical Response Video Tutorial

As a part of the Adobe Youth Voices program, peer feedback plays a very important role in the media making process. Feedback can take place throughout the process beginning with the initial pitch and continuing through postproduction with a Rough Cut screening. Giving feedback can be a delicate thing and should be done in a respectful and supportive way; it’s important that you follow some simple guidelines when giving feedback to the artist. In this video you’ll learn about the importance of Critical Response.

Critical Response -SAMS- Handout

Rough Cut Review Video Tutorial

Sharing your work can be exciting, productive, and can play an important role in refining a project. A Rough Cut screening is a great way to facilitate media sharing and should be done in a supportive and respectful environment. In this video you’ll learn how to conduct a Rough Cut Screening or Gallery Walk.

Copyright Overview Video Tutorial

Adobe Youth Voices is all about creativity and originality. In this video, you’ll learn how to create original media and use media created by others while following the Adobe Foundation guidelines for distribution.

Copyright Handout for Educators

Additional Photography and Videography Resources

We have a variety of camcorders and Digital Cameras for counties to use to teach photography and videography. There are also a few more advanced media kits for the counties wishing to develop a digital media project raising awareness about a community issue. Our past videos are located under the Adobe Youth Voices Videos on Oklahoma 4-H’s YouTube channel

Oklahoma Youth developed digital media project samples:

These videos were created by 4-H members from around the state. They serve as examples of what our youth are capable of developing. Watch them for ideas, use them to inspire and challenge your youth.

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