There are many sites where educators can find free videos to incorporate into their classes. Some of these sites include YouTube, TED, PBS, Khan Academy, and more. But sometimes it’s hard to find exactly what you’re looking for pertaining to your own curriculum.
That’s where you come in. You can create your own videos without having to learn how to use a bunch of fancy equipment or hire a crew. Here is a simple way to create engaging videos for your students.
If you have a smartphone or tablet, this is the quickest and easiest way to create a video. You set up the camera, hit record, and explain a concept. You can show yourself explaining a concept, capture an expert interview, or even give a video tour of a relevant location.
To get the best video – do a test first. Can you see what you need to see? Can you hear clearly? If not, adjust your scene until you’re satisfied with the outcome. You can also check out these great tips in this 3-minute video before you get started.
If you’re having trouble keeping the camera steady, you can always prop up the device on a table. If you want to get really fancy, you can buy a tripod for your device. The GorillaPod for smartphones and the Square Jellyfish Mini Tablet Tripod for tablets are both under $20.
There are also microphones, additional lens, and other accessories you can add to your smartphone or tablet if you want to take your video-making to the next level.
The most important thing to remember when making your videos is to focus more on the concept than the production value. As long as your video clearly explains your topic, it’s okay if it’s a little rough around the edges.
If making your own videos is too daunting or if you need assistance, you can always enlist the help of the eLearning Services Media Production team. All you need to do is fill out a Video Request Form, explain what you need in the form, and leave the rest up to the team of student professionals.