Create A video Introduction For An Application

By Sharon Hodge

Student Paths Outcomes and Standards:

Students take practical steps to transition to post-high school options, including the college and job application processes.

Common Core Standards Addressed:


Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.


Students create a short video introduction of themselves. The idea is for students to use the video in an application for a job or college program, and the primary task is for students to practice making simple videos that demonstrate their abilities, strengths, and potential for leadership.

Students at any age are likely to benefit from creating a video introduction, and students in Grades 11 and 12 should focus particular attention on college applications.


Student Paths article, “College application videos: Content, not cinematography, is what counts”

General Procedure:

Read article about College Application Videos (10 minutes):

Distribute a copy or have students log in to read the article “College application videos: Content, not cinematography, is what counts.” Instruct students to read the article and consider what kind of video they may create.

Optional to view videos (10-30 minutes):

The article contains links to additional videos and articles about video applications. Teachers may desire to allow additional time for students to view and discuss the video applications.

This may be a new idea to students or students may have created a video before. Teachers will want to adapt lessons accordingly, so that students have enough exposure to videos to create their own video for this activity.

Assign students to create video for an application (10-30 minutes):

Teachers may assign students to create a 45-second video introduction of themselves that highlights their greatest strengths. The exact requirements may vary by school and typical technology use. Remember, many students have a video camera on their phone and post daily on Snapchat.

The goal is that they create and share a video introduction with the teacher. This assignment may lead to deeper discussions to evaluate the quality of the video introduction; however, the focus is to begin creating videos as introductions to your strengths and abilities.


College application videos: Content, not cinematography, is what counts

About the Author

Sharon Hodge