Students target basic YouTube skills

Ethan Stark and Toby Sapp share a moment while rehearsing a card trick for a video at J Dub Academy at John Wood Community College on Wednesday, Jun. 13, 2018. The two were in Ryan Stark's
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 14, 2018 9:05 am

QUINCY -- Ten-year-old Toby Sapp astounded his friend Ethan Stark with a magic trick, pulling the card he'd chosen from the deck.

Then Toby explained the secret to Ethan -- and to the camera.

"Here's how I do it," Toby said.

The video of Toby performing, and explaining, three favorite card tricks will be on its way to YouTube, thanks to a class at this summer's John Wood Community College JDUB Academy.

"The kids can learn how to shoot a video or a vlog, like a video blog, how to upload it to their computer, do some minor editing and publish it on YouTube," instructor Ryan Stark said. "They can create their own channel as a way to share thoughts and opinions with the world."

JDUB classes offer hands-on educational enrichment for students in grades K-12 on topics including computers, science, arts, cooking and learning how to be a YouTuber.

Ethan signed up for the class because he wanted to start his own channel but didn't know how. Toby never made many videos and wanted "to learn some cool stuff," he said, and doing magic tricks "was the first thing that popped in my head."

Shooting the video was only the first step. Then the boys had to edit the video, following steps outlined by Stark with a sample video he'd shot of himself.

"I definitely messed up. I don't want to use that part," Stark said as he played the video. "That was a good one. I'll mark that one."

Editing seemed easy because "he clicked a couple of buttons," Ethan said.

"He's also more experienced with it," Toby said, but "I don't think it's going to be the hardest."

Quincy seventh-grader Lucas Shepherd likes watching YouTube videos, and he found out making them was just as much fun. For his video, he crafted a script about fishing, offering tips about safety and how to remove the hook from the fish.

"I like to fish a lot," Lucas said.

Ethan, who shot a video on Nerf guns, wants to be a YouTube star. Toby just wants to have fun shooting and posting videos.

"Some kids have a real dream that's what they want to do for a job. If it's something they want to do, it's something they can do," said Stark, who owns a video production company focused on corporate work and weddings which posts a lot on YouTube and social media.

Thirteen-year-old Callie Hamman from Meredosia has more than 100 videos on her channel, but she took the class to learn to make better videos.

So did 13-year-old Dakota Powers of Quincy who did a "collab" Minecraft Update Aquatic video with Callie. "For a while I had a YouTube channel, but I never really was good at it," she said. "It's been fun."


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