Creating Your Video
This section provides a look at some quick and easy ways to create short animated educational and/or informative videos using free video apps or tools. Suggested time 90-120 minutes.
Lengthy videos take a lot of preparation and could take up to an entire semester course to cover. Screen-casting: creating tutorials or how-to's by recording your screen can be MORE time intensive as well. Resources for screen-casting, script writing resources, and device-specific video resources are listed on the sidebar menu.
It will be up to you, your goals, and time available as to how much time you will spend on creating your video. We recommend you create a short 2-3 minute video if this is your first time. Keep in mind that some articles indicate the average attention span is 12-15 minutes for adults, elementary grade levels 9-12 minutes, and adolescents 15-20 minutes of course depending on the subject and media.
1. Identify the topic or message, and outcome you want to address in your video, something that causes your target audience to think about the idea or topic presented and/or to take an action. (5-10 minutes)
- a subject area that addresses a standard (content area, technology standard, career field) you teach.
- or something you want to use to teach to a designated audience.
- Student Technology Competency or Standards (see the resources on the right side-bar).
- something that causes your target audience to think about the idea or topic presented.
- some action you hope they will do based on your video
- your own idea.
2. Select one of the four programs listed in the Video Creation Choices below, and watch the tutorial (10-30 minutes depending on your choice).
3. Keep your first attempt and topic/or message SIMPLE to just get a feeling about how to use the program. (30-60 minutes)
4. When your video is done, fill in your PLGRD document with reflections and ideas, and a link to the video (5-10 min)
5. Video Creation Choices
Four quick, easy-to-use, and free video creation and video resources, or check out the device specific ones in the following section (your choice ):
Note: Remember Step 4. When your first video is done, fill in your PLGRD document with reflections and ideas (5-10 min)
This tool requires you to create an account (you can use Google, Facebook, Office 365, and Linkedin accounts). You can have students use a student school account under teacher supervision, or with parental permission.
Powtoon for Teachers video (9:02) - a recommended tutorial that shows you the template choices, adding and deleting media.
This is a handy Google Doc tutorial Quick Reference Guide from the Center for Teaching and Learning with screenshots.
The following short video example is about directions to download or save a Google document, and took 20 minutes from beginning to end:
- created a 5 slide PowerPoint and took screenshots (15 min)
- uploaded to PowToon (2 min)
- then saved and exported it to Embed on a webpage (below), or download to use. (3 min)
Moovly for making professional looking videos. Create a free account using a school educator account (free), otherwise you can get a free 31-day trial account. Under age 13 students must have parental permission. Browser based with no download required.
Moovly Tutorial for making professional looking videos (19:09)
This is a very easy to use video creation tool to communicate your message. It is an app as well as web-based tool with nothing to download or install. You can create a Post to a social network, create a page, or Spark Video. Templates, music, and photos are provided, just add your text or voice and create your video.
you can also watch the 21things4students Digital Storytelling Spark tutorial
WeVideo is an online video creation and editing resource with a variety of features and tools. This looks like an expensive program, but it's free for the creation of a 5 minute video. Upload or use their audio, images, graphics and video. You can record your voice.
WeVideo Turtorial for Teachers and Students (6:26)
6. Lessons and Projects with Video for the classroom
Below are some lesson examples for creating video with different grade levels.
- 3-5th Loom Video Recording
- Kindergarten FlipGrid
- 5th Video remix using WeVideo or iMovie
- 3-5th grade Stop Motion Animation using Lego Stop Motion
- Creative Communications: Videos (21things4students)
- Digital Storytelling
- PSA (Public Service Announcement)
- How Doth the Little Crocodile - Lewis Carroll - a visual poem
- Lego Stop Motion Parody of Captain Sparklez's TNT
REMC Self-Paced Professional Learning Unit
Optional. Video Resources for the classroom
As much as we would like students to research and read articles, recent research shows that for many students their engagement and understanding increases by watching video clips.
Below are video resources that teachers can use to enhance their curriculum.
Free Video Resources
The resources below are great to use in the classroom to support the needs of your visual learners.
Here is a short article with tips for using video in the classroom. The article is about YouTube video, but applies to all video.
|Resource Name||Age Level||Description|
|K-12||The best student and teacher videos anywhere!|
|K-12||Teacher Tube is a safe educational video community for students, teachers and parents|
|K-12||Quality videos uploaded and many are in the public domain for students to use for remixing. Check the site first to make sure it is appropriate for your grade level.|
|MiStreamNet is a Michigan portal to live and on-demand professional development and legislative videos for educators|
PBS Learning Media
|K-12||There are thousands of digital resources to choose from here. (Videos, games, audio, photos, lesson plans and more)|
|K-12||Check out the YouTube for Education page. You can create your own channel and download videos to use in your classroom. Be sure to follow the copyright and fair use rules covered earlier in Be Legal and Fair. Check out this handout.|
*chart provided by Melissa White
7. PLGRD Document. Remember to review your goals document. Do you need to revise any, add something new, or an idea for integrating it into one of your lessons.
Move on to the last steps, or Final Thoughts
Standards for Educators
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.
Michigan Technology Standards for Students
Script Writing Resources
How to Write a Script for Video - Techsmith.com blog
Basics: Writing using scripts - TechSmith Academy
Your script should include a few components: TechSmith
- the words that will be spoken
- information about the words
- where they are said
- how they are said
- and any other helpful information information
Device Specific Video Making/Editing Resources
SOME DEVICE SPECIFIC VIDEO MAKING PROGRAMS
Adobe Spark on a Chromebook
iMovie on a MAC:
This is a favorite program of Macintosh owners and comes installed when you purchase one.
iMovie on an iPad
How to create iMovie on an iPad (written directions from the iGeeks site)
Movie for iPad tutorial on YouTube 2019 (26.40)
Windows Movie Maker tutorial for Windows 10 (2019) Free version
Step by Step for Beginners YouTube tutorial (24:28)
The 21things4students site has a section in Thing 17: Creative Communications that focuses on resources for Screencasting that includes:
- 5 tips for a good screencast
- A list of 2 browser-based applications
- A list of 2 apps for mobile devices
- Explain Everything
- ShowMe or Educreations