Media Creation

The original media content I created is called R1: Bonus Diamante Poem Instructions. It’s for my 7th-grade language arts class. We are starting a poetry unit last week. Therefore, I decided to revamp the beginning of a unit I have taught five times since I started teaching 7th grade in the Anchorage School District. Now that I am utilizing Canvas as my primary learning management system, I decided to turn the first three lessons of the unit into a blended learning environment. Here is the order of the first three lessons:

Parts of Speech I (Lesson & Quiz)

Parts of Speech II (Wacky Web Tale)

R1: Elements of Poetry Film and Diamante Poem

Bonus Diamante Poem 

R2: Figurative Language Quiz

The original media content I created for this assignment is located within the Bonus Diamante Poem discussion. The media I created is an eight-page PDF that gives step-by-step instructions on how to upload a PDF file of a diamante poem created on To explain the instructions on how to export the poem and upload to the Canvas discussion forum, I took a series of screenshots with the app Monosnap, which allows users to annotate screenshots. This app allowed me to insert arrows and text into the screenshots, which should make it much easier for students to understand the process of uploading a PDF file to Canvas. After students create their diamante poem, it’s a 12-step process to get their PDF posted to the Canvas discussion forum.

To view the content in full context of my Poetry Unit, you can self-enroll in my Canvas course by following these steps:

  1. Click this link:
  2. Click “I’m a student”
  3. Type this code: CLL3DJ
  4. Create a username/password (if you’ve never used Canvas)

Be sure to focus on Bonus Diamante Poem, but feel free to explore the other content as well. And also, I welcome any constructive feedback.

Implications of educators becoming media creators

One major implication of educators becoming media creators is, well, students will give you more respect in the classroom. I can’t say how many times students say, “Mr. Klott? That’s you talking!” when they watch a video tutorial I made and posted to Canvas. Students are expecting to watch some video a teacher stole from the web. But when teachers create their own media, they immediately earn the “street cred” in the classroom. I firmly believe a student is more likely to watch a video tutorial you made versus a video tutorial pulled from the web. Why? In my experience, it’s because a video you made speaks to them directly. A video pulled from the web is for an unknown audience.

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