Monday, August 15, 2011

How to create your own videos

It is actually fairly easy to create your own videos!

Why would you want to create them?
  • When you have some videos that you have created, you can use them over multiple years. 
  • Students can watch them if they are home sick. 
  • Students who need extra time and pause you and listen to the presentation again. 
  • My students really enjoy the videos.
  • Your advanced students can work at their own pace and learn more.

Here is one way you can use to create the video:

  1. Create a Power Point presentation of whatever you want to teach. You saw examples of that in my Rules video and Welcome to 4th grade video. 
  2. Make sure you have a microphone that you can plug into your computer. You are going to want to use a plug in mic to get good sound. Here are all sorts of ones that might work with your computer:
  3. You need some sort of screencast software. A free program that you can use is Jing. It will allow you to take up to 5 minutes of a video and you can upload it to their server. If you buy the program, you can also upload to youtube. (It costs around $15). I don't mind that the program limits me to 5 minutes. Really, much longer than that is probably too long for most students!
  4. If you choose Jing, you want to spend 10 minutes going through the tutorial.
  5. You are ready to create and upload your first video! 

I highly recommend that you try it out!

1 comment:

  1. Hi Luria! I visited your blog after reading a comment that you wrote on the "Helping Students Motivate Themselves" article. I really like the idea of making a PowerPoint presentation (Jing is terrific!) for classroom rules (your next post). I know that in previous years most of my students don't pay attention. Thanks for the idea :-)
    Shayne aka computermorah