More and more educators are looking to create original video resources to support teaching and learning in the classroom, on campus and online. New approaches such as the flipped classroom and blended learning have driven a need for much more specific instructional video. The web is a great resource for videos, not least YouTube where more than 100 hours of video are uploaded every minute but trying to find exactly what you need to teach a lesson can still be a huge challenge. (http://www.kpcb.com/insights/2013-internet-trends)
At MediaCore we regularly work with educators to help them get to grips with creating their own video resources. If you’ve not created a video before it can feel like a huge technical challenge but it’s actually quite simple to get started. And the good news is that you’re probably sitting on a bank of existing resources that you can transform.
To convert your existing resources into videos there are two options you can take:
Option 1 – Convert existing presentations into videos using PowerPoint or Keynote to convert existing
Option 2 – Using screen capture technology to create videos of your screen (screen casts
Option 1 – Converting existing presentations
PowerPoint and Keynote both offer simple ways for you to take an existing presentation, record sound and animate your slides to create a video. Here’s how:
Using PowerPoint 2011 on a Mac
To record a voiceover narration and convert your presentation into a video::
● Click Slide Show > Record Slide Show to start your presentation and begin recording.
● Once complete PowerPoint will prompt you to save the timings of your recordings, click Yes.
● Click File > Save as Movie, choose where you’d like to save your file and click Save
You’ve now created a QuickTime movie file of your presentation and a voice over narration.
Using PowerPoint 2010 or later on a PC
With PowerPoint for Windows you can choose to record your voice over narration for your slides separately before you present a slide show, or during the presentation, (check Microsoft’s guide for a detailed walkthrough of the process).
When you’re ready to save your video:
● Click File > Save & Send, then Create a video.
● Select where to save your video.
If you’re using Office 2007 there’s a few more steps involved – learn more at Microsoft’s Office in Education blog.
Creating Video Resources using Keynote on a Mac
It’s also possible to record voiceover narration using Keynote, just click File > Record Slideshow to begin recording your presentation. Read Apple’s guide to recording slideshow narration for more information.
When you’re ready to save your Keynote presentation as a video, click File > Export > Quicktime…
● If you’ve recorded voiceover narration for your slides, make sure to select ‘Playback Uses: Recorded Timing’. This ensures that your slides will remain on-screen for the duration of their corresponding voiceover.
● Select ‘Formats: Full Quality, Large’ to make sure you get the best quality video from your slides (this does create a larger file size so check you have a fast broadband connection).
Option 2 – Using screen capture
This is a great approach if you have resources that are documents, PDFs or images. Screen capture apps allow you to:
● Add a voice-over to your resource.
● Combine resources together into one video.
● Add notes or animated elements, e.g. arrows, to existing materials.
Screen capture allows you try out more varied production techniques – take a look at this example from Teacher Training Videos.
There are hundreds of apps available to help incorporate these approaches into your videos. Below, we’ve selected a range of image and screen-capture apps to try out.
Free and pre-installed with the Mac OS, QuickTime X is one of the fastest and easiest ways to record your screen or capture video from your built in iSight camera on a Mac. Just launch the app and click File > New Screen Recording or File > New Movie Recording.
● Easily captures video from your iSight camera, everything on your screen, or a smaller area of content.
● Records accompanying audio from your built-in microphone or another audio input device.
● Shows your mouse clicks in the final recording.
The only disadvantage to QuickTime is that it contains only basic ‘trim’ editing. If you want to do anything more advanced you’ll need to use a video editor such as iMovie (free).
Techsmith’s SnagIt is a free screen and image capture app for Mac and PC. With SnagIt it’s easy to capture, edit and annotate still images and produce basic screen recordings.
● Captures both video and still images.
● A dd crop and annotation effects to still images (add arrows, graphics, text notes and filters).
● Easily records your entire screen or smart-grab windows and smaller areas of content.
This is SnagIt’s big brother and is available for Mac (Camtasia) and PC (Camtasia Studio)
● Provides robust capture tools for recording your screen (entire screen or a smaller content selection).
● Powerful and easy to use timeline-based editor makes it easy to combine existing lesson materials with screen recordings, video content, images and audio.
● Easily add Annotations, transitions, animations and a range of effects to your projects to help illustrate concepts, highlight content and aid visual explanation.
A more cost-effective, Mac-only alternative to Camtasia, ScreenFlow is designed to help you record your screen and edit video.
● Easily record your entire screen.
● Timeline-based video editor with available effects, transitions and animations.
Final tips to making amazing video resources
● Don’t spend too long worrying about production values at first. Focus on the learning content – it doesn’t matter if it’s a little rough round the edges.
● Don’t attempt to explain too much in one video. It’s much better to have a few short, succinct videos that explain concepts clearly.
● Finally, have fun!
Aidan Hornsby is Video Producer at MediaCore, a cloud-based video platform that helps universities and schools to manage, store and deliver video to students anywhere, on any device. Read about more ideas and tips at http://mediacore.com/blog/category/technology-in-the-classroom