Saturday, September 21, 2013

Students of All Ages Can Create Public Service Announcements (PSA's)

Here is a PSA that students made regarding stopping bullying. It is a realistic example of what students can do when teachers offer them the opportunity to make PSA's. If you don't want to show your students' faces in a video, there are all kinds of ways for them to make PSA's. Although this example shows the students' faces, it is just one example of a PSA. Click on the image below to access the video from Animoto. Below the image of the video are links to posts that Bill Ferriter wrote about the project and the lesson plan he used for the student activity.

Blog Post about the Anti-Bullying PSA
Lesson Plan

Would you consider having your students make PSA's? If so, what topics might they address? What tool would you consider for them to make the PSA, keeping in mind the tool does not have to be technology one?


  1. What a powerful tool for a Public Service Announcement. Let's face it, the students of today would rather see an animated PSA than a written or recorded one. This type of digital learning hits home for most of the students of today. These children clearly understood the topic and the concept. They did a great job and their peers will understand it easier coming from their own class mates. This type of PSA would be great for drug abuse, stop smoking, energy efficiency, and many more academic subjects. The list is endless.

  2. This is a very powerful video! Allowing students to take ownership in the PSA process will certainly invite students to adopt a invested attitude in their actions and thoughts. The theory of "practice what you preach" will hopefully become second nature to them.

  3. Wow, I really enjoyed watching this PSA. I feel that allowing students to create PSA's is a powerful lesson. When students feel strongly about a topic and they are allowed to share their views, it makes them feel valued and important. I could see my students creating PSA's encouraging students to follow our "High Five" school-wide behavior program, or for promoting students to join the morning walking club. While students could certainly use pen and paper to create PSA's, I think the power of technology makes it seem "more official" and students feel more accomplished using technology to create things like this.