Sharing the best ideas from other teachers
January - Making Videos
Scott chooses not to put his actual face in the video. While this isn't necessarily a best practice, it works for him and his students, which is all that matters.
Lindsey puts herself in the video and even takes the time to get dressed up. This is a best practice and works for her and her students. Lindsey doesn't like making videos, but she sets it up where she's the most comfortable.
Gina stresses, "I want you to remember that you have a real, live teacher here to help you when you need it." She is purposefully connecting her own humanity to her video.
Philosophical Framework - Existentialism (This part is probably boring.)
You do you
- Your introduction video, and all videos, should be within your comfort zone.
- The basic notion is that you're giving your students a connection with you that makes you human while also transmitting vital information that is best transmitted orally.
- It's easy for students to disappoint people they don't know.
- There are many teachers at TOPS who make great videos. Ask around if you need help with this.
Quality Video - Lighting
Quality Video - Background
Should I lecture or not?
Holding students accountable for your video content
Scott uses Edpuzzle. This allows you to insert questions at different times during the video and students aren't allowed to fast forward the video at all to click through it.
Other teachers in the past have given students guided notes. These are fairly easily copied from one student to the next, but since our students aren't exactly having slumber parties on school nights, you can probably get by with it most of the time.
What's important is that you have some manner to hold the students accountable for having watched your video.
What's good, Miley?
This is for businesses and the like, but I think there are some key points here to take home: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/5-styles-of-youtube-videos/
The folks at Purdue cover a lot of best practices here: https://www.purdue.edu/learning/blog/?p=6696
There are other numerous resources out there, so if you want to get great at making videos, then let Google be your guide.