by David Colarusso - April 18th, 2007
In its latest incarnation, “Phylm,” a portmanteau of “physics” and “film,” is both an attempt to increase interest in physics and raise the profile of digital media in education. As a high school teacher, I’m tired of new technology being met with the knee-jerk reaction “let’s ban it.” I’d much rather see educators asking “how can we use this?”
To help change the landscape, I’m working to create an existence proof in the First Annual Phylm Prize, an online science video contest. My students have been producing phylms since I began teaching five years ago. However, this year, abroad on a Fulbright exchange, I found my school without the facilities. Instead of letting the project die, I’ve opened it up to the world via YouTube. With any luck, entries from students, teachers, and the public at large will help illustrate potential educational uses of social networks and video sharing sites.
We’ve collected an impressive judges panel, and we’re also taking input from the public via YouTube ratings. The panel includes TV professionals from both sides of the Atlantic, professors from Harvard and Tufts, high school teachers, and even “mad scientists.” A complete list can be found at http://www.phylm.com
I belive this is an important experiment in the digital/global classroom. However, my greatest fear is that I haven’t done enough to get the word out. So please forgive the shameless promotion of a “self Digg,” and help spread the word. Download the offical rules, and get your entries in by May 1, 2007.