High school students can brainstorm high school senior video ideas reflecting back on their four years together. They can create and show this video at graduation and give it as a departing gift to each of the graduating seniors. Serving as a memory of their high school days, this video should include all classmates -- not just those responsible for making the video -- and effectively summarize their high school experience in a positive light.
Graduation Slideshow with Music
The easiest type of video to create, a graduation slideshow simply puts photos of the students to music in a video format. This is ideal if the students want to show the video at a graduation event, like a class breakfast or the commencement ceremony. You can scan photos of the students throughout the last four years, and set it to appropriate music. Include images from class events such as prom and athletic games, interspersed with candid school shots. Add a graduation song if your class has chosen one.
Video Montage of Events
A video montage can bring key events from high school to life in a way that a simple slideshow cannot. Encourage students to create short videos of memorable events throughout high school, such as school assemblies, class retreats, classroom projects and presentations. Edit each short video to create a montage that describes the students' experiences during their four years of high school. Include a range of events to keep the video inclusive. Spice it up with the school song and other musical selections.
Popular high school senior video ideas include senior shout-outs. In the months leading up to graduation, schedule video shoot times for each student in your class. During their interview, ask students to recall their favorite memory from high school or discuss what they will miss most. Compile memorable clips from each of the student interviews into one video. Senior shout-outs can be a fun way for each student to get involved and feel connected through the class graduation video.
Group Shoots and Teams
To include more than just one group of seniors in the making of the class graduation video, students can organize into teams. Challenge each group to come up with a skit that effectively summarizes their high school experience. Encourage them to keep their skits brief and positive. Combine each group's video into the final class graduation video. Students will enjoy reflecting on the teamwork they used to compose this graduation memory. Plan this activity well in advance because it can take a lot more time than creating a slideshow, for instance.
Barbie Carpenter worked as a technical writer and editor in the defense industry for six years. She also served as a newspaper feature page editor and nationally syndicated columnist for the Hearst Corp. Carpenter holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Florida and a graduate certificate in professional writing from the University of Central Florida.