On Facebook, one of my former students posted this article about students submitting YouTube videos as part of their college application materials to Tufts (the videos were allowed as supplemental materials to the required essay).
I thought that the videos highlighted in the article were excellent portrayals of the student, their personality and the skills and interests they could bring to the university.
I know that if I were on the admissions board, these students would be rocketed to the top of the pile.
Also included in the article was a link to an article about a high school dub-off. The videos were put together by AV students in rival high schools. The quality of work was superb for this level. It would serve as a very nice addition to their portfolios when applying to colleges.
The article author brought up some very good points about the pros and cons of this potential trend. And I agreed with the points being made.
However, I think the benefits of allowing these types of products into the application portfolio easily outweigh the downsides of doing so.
The creativity exhibited in these videos is wonderful. Colleges should be encouraging this sort of thinking and the first step towards doing so is to let creative students attend their college. They should also be teaching creativity and designing the classroom environment and assignments in such a way as to facilitate and reward creativity. Not all classes, mind you, but enough that college graduates should have the ability and some practice at being more creative after attending college than they were when they entered college.
I support the idea of teaching and fostering creativity at all levels of the educational process. I support this idea in word and deed. I do this because I believe that creativity is good for the individual and good for society. I KNOW it is good for the economy.