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Example of a student creation using PowToons, in 1:10 min.

 

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.

STEPS

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)

Think of:

  • 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)

PowToon for education

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:

  1. created a 5 slide PowerPoint and took screenshots (15 min)
  2. uploaded to PowToon (2 min)
  3. 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)


Adobe Spark - free app or web-based tool

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.

Adobe Spark for Education tutorial (8:24)


you can also watch the 21things4students Digital Storytelling Spark tutorial


WeVideo

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)


WeVideo Academy tutorials or watch our own Digital Storytelling We Video tutorials

6. Lessons and Projects with Video for the classroom

Below are some lesson examples for creating video with different grade levels.

K-5

Grades 5-9

High School

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

School Tube

K-12 The best student and teacher videos anywhere!

Teacher Tube

teachertube

K-12 Teacher Tube is a safe educational video community for students, teachers and parents

Vimeo

vimeo

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

Adult

 

MiStreamNet is a Michigan portal to live and on-demand professional development and legislative videos for educators

PBS Learning Media

PBS Learning Media

K-12 There are thousands of digital resources to choose from here. (Videos, games, audio, photos, lesson plans and more)

YouTube

youTube

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


Learner
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.

Leader
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.

Citizen
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.

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

Facilitator
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.

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

 

Michigan Technology Standards for Students

MITECS, or the Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students are detailed on the techplan.org web site

These competencies are based on the International Society for Technology in Education ISTE standards for students.

Script Writing Resources

How to Write a Script for Video - Techsmith.com blog

Basics: Writing using scripts - TechSmith Academy

How to write informational or instructional video scripts - TechSmith

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

How to make a Movie on your Chromebook (3:38)


iMovie on a MAC:

This is a favorite program of Macintosh owners and comes installed when you purchase one.

iMovie for Mac 2019 Tutorial for beginners (17:26)


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 10

Windows Movie Maker tutorial for Windows 10 (2019) Free version

Step by Step for Beginners  YouTube tutorial (24:28)

Screen-casting Resources

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
    • Screencast-O-Matic
    • Screencastify
  • A list of 2 apps for mobile devices
    • Explain Everything
    • ShowMe or Educreations