Thursday, January 15, 2015

4 Ways to Make Messy Learning Videos

Teachers have been asking me what I use to make videos. Here's a few tools that I use and some additional resources to get you started. I am still dialing in the video style as well as the quality. Some tools are quicker to produce, while others are better quality. 

1. Google Hangouts On Air 

I use Hangouts On Air for the reflection videos that I e-mail to parents because it's quick and easy. It includes screen sharing and works with my webcam. This allows me to connect as a person while showing the student work in video format. 

The videos are uploaded to my YouTube account where they can be editing as needed. Google does the heavy lifting so I don't have to. The drawback is in quality, but it works for now. I can live with it. 

You'll need your Google+ account activated (if it's not already). For Google Apps For Education (#GAFE), your administrator will need to add you if it's not available. Since it's a social media application, some districts keep a closer eye on Google+.


2. Screencast-O-Matic 

I use this one for instructional videos. The drawback is that it's higher quality so you need a really good microphone. When I get one, I will use this application more often. I'm currently looking at the Blue Snowflake because it's a reasonably priced USB mic, and I know that it picks up the lower mid of my voice better than the stock microphone on my laptop. 

http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/


3. Flipagram 

This is my favorite to make videos for instruction because I can do it with my iPhone. It's a slide show video maker that allows you to add text to images and voice recordings. The videos can be uploaded to YouTube with two clicks. What's better than that? 

https://flipagram.com/

4. iPad and Justand

The Justand is the red stand that holds my iPad. It has a continuous torque hinge so you can change the angle as needed without loosening or tightening anything. 

I mirror the iPad to the overhead projector so this stand turns the iPad into a document camera. It's great to display student work and project the whiteboard (because I still like using markers). All you have to do is hit record and the explanation becomes a video that can be uploaded to YouTube with two clicks. 


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Please comment on how you make videos or other resources that your want to share. Thanks for reading. I hope this helped.