Thanks to @Briankotts for this video! Splitscreen: A Love Story is the winner of the Nokia shorts competition 2011. As I was watching this it made me think about how it’s important that students examine multiple perspectives in all subjects. We look at books through multiple points of view. We examine the various opinions on historical events. We value the variety of perspectives that classmates bring during conversations and debates.
In this video you see a similar perspective in two different locations. I think that you could use this with students to launch a discussion about view points which examines both the similar and different ways that we experience life. Or, possibly for a lesson on making inferences since the viewer is inferring and predicting in order to make meaning in this video. Or, and I think this would be really cool, use this model to have students create a project that explores varying viewpoints. While it might be difficult to accomplish the “split screen” effect, the concept of covering two different views of a historical event in one project is very appealing to me. (Or two different characters’ points of view for that matter.) Although I do this in many of my learning activities, I don’t always push students to include that piece in their independent work, and that’s something I’d like to change.