Creating Educational Videos for the Use in an Online Classroom: Screencasts and Slideshows
The unprecedented growth in online education has given us the power to use multimedia content in our educational material. Educational videos are one of the preferred content forms among educators. There are many advantages in creating educational videos. You can convey precisely the information that you want to convey and save time because you do not waste time searching for a video. Also, your personality, sense of humor and passion for your subject give an edge to your custom-created video.
Why make your own videos?
While there are many videos to be found online, there are many advantages to creating your own videos. When you create your own videos:
- You are able to convey precisely the information that you want to convey.
- You save time because you do not waste time searching for a video.
- You can control the tone, pace, and ideas that a represented.
- You are able to convey your personality, sense of humor and passion for your subject.
- The online classroom becomes your classroom and your students get to know you!
What are the different types of videos?
1. You, talking and explaining something on the screen
If you want a recording of yourself talking and explaining material to your students, you want to make a screencast. These are explained in this paper. Screencasts are good if you want to simply explain material to students, such as the parts of a cell or the punctuation of a sentence.
2. Content with music and captions
If you want a catchy and engaging slideshow, with captivating and exciting graphics, you want to make a Slideshow. Slideshows are also explained in this paper.
Slideshows are good if you want to emotionally engage your students. You can create a video to help students explore an idea, like “Racism” or an era like “Victorian England.” You can also create review of the concepts that you learned in a unit or introduce your next unit.
3. Animated Video
With cartoon characters talking and saying what you want them to say, go to the second paper in this series.
Animated videos are good if you want to demonstrate dialogue. If you need to explain something complex, it is useful to have two people talking. One person can ask questions, and the other person can answer them.