UNESCO has been using technology to reach under-served populations around the world and they’re calling for people to use Popcorn Maker to help remix educational videos, including ones they’re currently using in rural Pakistan.
UNESCO has introduced mobile technologies to deliver information to rural female teachers in early childhood care using 20 videos created to reflect the national curriculum. The videos cover a wide range of topics including learning the Urdu alphabet, basic mathematical concepts and hygiene that teachers can show to the entire class or use privately to assist in lesson planning.
How You Can Help
UNESCO is putting out the call for volunteers to remix the videos using Popcorn Maker. You can help by:
- improving the videos by adding in more educational information
- making them more fun by adding music, videos, graphics or photos
- creating your own Popcorn videos from scratch using dynamic elements from the web
Popcorn Maker can import content from Youtube, Soundcloud, Vimeo, Google Maps, Flickr, Wikipedia and more, so this is a wonderful opportunity to use the best of what the web has to offer to help UNESCO increase its reach and resources.
Visit Webmaker.org and sign up for account (you need to do this to save your work in Popcorn Maker.)
Launch Popcorn Maker to start a video from scratch or create a remix.
If you are remixing an existing video (such as one from UNESCO) load it in Youtube or Vimeo and copy the URL from your address bar. Now, paste the URL you just copied into the Popcorn Maker Media Gallery.
Create to your heart’s content using dynamic web content.
Tag your project with the word UNESCOremix so we can find it (see screenshot to the right.)
When you’re done, remember to make your work public by pressing the green ‘Save’ button at the top.
UNESCO’s call for remixes presents a fabulous opportunity to explore how Popcorn Maker can enhance the quality, educational value and entertainment value of web-based video. Here’s a great project that teaches the English alphabet with photos from Flickr. You can remix it to change the images, text or music to localize it for any language or culture: