Video cameras can be an interesting experimental tool for creative exploration with young people. They can be used as a tool to understand some of the properties of cameras, and as a tool to understand a wide variety of other phenomena. And, when the work is done, kids love horsing around and seeing themselves on camera. Most young people will be interested in the video camera itself, and how it works. Some features such as zoom are quite easy to demonstrate through the viewfinder. Others such as auto focus were hard to see until
we played the tape on the TV. You
can overcome this difficulty by letting the kids provide a running
commentary on what they're doing
with the camera. That way, they can view the tape on the TV shortly after, and see the results of their changes.
by Janet Shields