Girl With Camera

There are many ways to shoot a video of yourself or your students. You can use your phone, mobile device like an iPad, document camera, digital camera or a video camera.


1. Choose a device to shoot a video of yourself

2. Choose one or two things you want your audience to learn (keep it simple).

There are times that you will spontaneously pick up your camera and record an event, but to have a quality video recording you will want to plan ahead. 

3. It is best to always create an outline or a script for the video. Here is a storyboard template to use or you can use one of your own choosing. 

4. You will want to make sure the video is less than 5 minutes long or broken up into segments. Research has shown that students lose focus if the video is too long. Google did some recent research that the ideal video is 3.5 minutes long.

5. If you have access to an iPad there is a free teleprompter app that is easy to use. You have to type in your own script, but you can adjust the font and speed. 

6. Practice your script aloud!

7. Decide whether you want to shoot a video of yourself or use a videographer. 

8. After you have made your recording you may want to edit it first especially if you would like to break it into segments. Here is a great choice for teachers. 

a. WeVideo is a great option. It has a Free option that allows you to upload 5 minutes a month up to 1GB. There is an educator version that is $249.00 a year which allows students to create videos in a private COPPA-compliant environment monitored by a teacher. Free Personal accounts do not include collaborative features, administrator security control or advanced editing tools like green screen, screen recording and slow motion. For assistance with WeVideo check out their tutorials

b. If you have an Apple device, iMovie is also a great choice to edit your video. On your iPhone or PC, open up iMovie and follow the prompts to create a professional looking video using video clips, titles, music, and effects. There is also a feature to create a Movie Trailer. iMovie trailers let you quickly create fun, Hollywood-style movie trailers from all your footage. 

 9. Finally, you need to store it in the Cloud for easy access by your students. You will want to check with your Tech Director to determine if the resource you choose is accessible to your students. Here are some popular choices. 

a.  Youtube
b.  Schooltube
c.  Teachertube
d.  Vimeo

10. Share your storyboard and video URL with your instructor.  We hope you had a fun time creating your video!

Go to the Final Assignment once you have completed all the steps in this section. 


Addressing the ISTE Standards For Educators

1a. Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
1c. Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.

2b. Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
2c. Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, 
evaluation, curation and adoption of 
new digital resources and tools for learning.

3a. Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
3c. Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.

5a. Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

6a. Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
6b. Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on maker spaces or in the field.
6c. Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
6d. Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.

7a. Provide alternative ways for students to demonstrate competency and reflect on their learning using technology.