Teacher Created Videos

Record Yourself, Record your Screen, Save & Share Your Video

The #EMSISDITs Team is here to support you this year. Creating and sharing videos with your students can be a bit intimidating. No need to worry ... we've got you covered! Check out some of our ideas and resources below. If you need help, visit our Virtual Office Hours.
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No matter how complex the subject matter is, when creating instructional videos, time is of the essence. Research shows that learner engagement with videos begins to drop after the 6 minute mark and fails after 9 minutes. Therefore, it is important to chunk instruction so that your video covers a single learning objective or task. Remember, multiple short videos are better than one long video. You can use your camera on your laptop to record video (super easy) or you record Shorts in Flipgrid (super easy and FUN effects).
Record Yourself - Teacher Created Videos for Remote Learning

Recording TEAMS Meetings

If you've participated in any of our online PD, you know that Microsoft Teams has a built-in recorder. This is great for professional development or even staff meetings.

In an abundance of caution, we do not recommend using this option to record live interactions with students. The automatic recording will show any incoming video, profile pictures and/or names. Videos of students should not be posted to public sites or anywhere outside of the actual classroom Canvas course or Team. For this reason, we recommend recording lessons without the students and posting it for the class to watch during a live class or anytime later - perfect for students who cannot attend at that time or for those that just need to watch it again.


A screencast is a digital video recording of your computer screen and usually includes audio narration. There are lots of different tools that can be used to create a Screencast. Our top two picks are PowerPoint and Flipgrid Shorts.


PowerPoint is a great presentation tool; however, slides that you would use during an in-class lecture probably won't work for a video. Remember, the key here is to keep your video clear and simple, minimize the amount of text and add visually compelling material! Once you have your presentation ready, you can Record Slide Show right there in PowerPoint. In this video, April walks you through recording your slide show in PowerPoint.
Record Your Screen - Teacher Created Videos during Remote Learning

Flipgrid Shorts

Flipgrid offers a variety of screen sharing options. You can use your district-provided laptop or a personal phone/tablet. In this video, Sallee walks you through all the fun effects available to capture your screen, your face, and even a workspace to work out problems like graph paper, chalkboard, and more!


Once you have recorded and edited your video, you are now ready to publish it so that your students can access it. Typically, video files are large in size and can be challenging to upload and email. For this reason, it is a good idea to upload your video to a cloud storage service such as OneDrive. While YouTube is an extremely popular platform and contains a lot of great features, we recommend using OneDrive for safety and ease of use.

Teachers must be extra cautious when recording meetings with students. We recommend using one of these simple options to record your lesson before (or even after) your live sessions with students. If recordings are made with student names, profile pictures, or live images, they must not be posted for others.

Save and Share - Teacher Created Videos for Remote Learning
In this video, Bob walks us through the start-to-finish process of uploading and sharing a video to OneDrive.
Saving videos to OneDrive and sharing with link

Good to know...

  • Practice - It's a good idea to do a practice run before creating any video, but especially when you are actually on camera.
  • Eye Contact - Eye contact with your audience is crucial when presenting. It makes your words more memorable and improves how well they retain the information you are presenting. Also, smiling and appearing happy during your presentation will improve student engagement.
  • Lighting - Make sure that the primary light source in your space comes from behind your camera. This will ensure that your video will be well lit and well defined instead of blurry or whitewashed.
  • Sound - Your laptop/phone/tablet has a built-in microphone that will record sound and will work for your video. The downside to using a built-in microphone is that it is not close to the speaker, and can sometimes be lower quality. If you can get your hands on a "lavalier"(body) microphone, or any other microphone that gets closer to the speaker, your sound quality will be much improved.

GETTING FANCY ... A word on video editing

Once you have recorded your video, you can use the Windows 10 video editor to easily edit your videos. This tool is simple enough for everyone to understand, yet it has powerful features such as 3D effects, filters, and custom audio so you can have a highly polished finished version of your video.
Windows 10 video editor walk through

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