Creating original video resources for your students


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This presentations covers one of the most important parts of video production - planning. In this guide we'll cover structuring your content, planning your production and planning in detail. This includes writing treatments, scripts and storyboards. We also provide you with some suggested apps and video examples.

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Creating original video resources for your students

  1. 1. Creating original video resources Planning and pre-production
  2. 2. What’s in this guide This guide is for educators interested in producing video resources to support their teaching, and student learning. It runs beginners through everything you need to consider when planning a video project. You’ll learn about: ● Structuring your content. ● Planning your production. ● Planning in detail: Treatments, scripts and storyboards. ● Recommended apps for pre-production.
  3. 3. Why bother with pre-production? Pre-production in filmmaking is a vital part of the planning process: ● It will save you time. ● It helps you produce effective, higher-quality video. ● It allows you to explore and evaluate a variety of production options. ● Clearly planning the production process helps give you a better idea of what to expect. Involving your students If you’re creating videos with your students, the pre-productions processes discussed here can form the basis for creative and collaborative group assignments.
  4. 4. 1. Structuring your content Determine what you want your video to teach by answering 5 questions: 1. What is the core subject of your video? 2. How many videos do you want to produce? 3. Where is the content coming from? 4. How is the content structured? 5. What are the desired learning outcomes? Telling a story Video as a medium is perfectly suited to storytelling. As most educators know, storytelling also happens to be a great way to impart knowledge.
  5. 5. 2. Planning your production Pick a style of video that you have the time, resources and ability to complete. Common styles seen in educational video include: Narrated screencast A recording of content and actions on your computer’s screen narrated by you. Watch an example Video you record yourself (live action) Moving imagery can help make your video more engaging. Watch an example Animation If you’re feeling ambitious, consider animation. It’s fun to produce and extremely effective. Our own Flipped Classroom video was produced using this technique. Stuck for ideas? Ask your students and colleagues what they’d like to see.
  6. 6. 3. Planning in detail Treatments and scripts Treatment: Written outline of what will happen in the video. Great for live actions Scripts: Used for more formal voiceovers to help shape and refine the message. Remember! Short and snappy is best! Unless you’re talking straight to camera it’s helpful to note down what will appear on screen. You can use a pen and paper or a word processor like Microsoft Word or Apple’s Pages to write. But, we also recommended these apps: Google Drive: A free tool for creating text and image based documents to store in the cloud. Evernote: A digital notebook that syncs your data online.
  7. 7. Planning in detail Sketching and storyboards Storyboarding is useful for visualising how different screen or visuals fit together. It can be as simple as sketching a few stick figures or as complex as illustrating a graphic novel. Keynote, PowerPoint and Google Drive These presentation apps are useful when storyboarding a video. Their slide-based structure and ability to add transitions and notes make them great tools for turning rough sketches into more formal storyboards. You can even create animated rough drafts of your video by taking photos of physical sketches and building on them with simple transitions and digital elements.
  8. 8. iPad Apps Sketching and storyboarding If you’re an iPad user there’s some great apps available to assist while sketching and storyboarding. These can be especially powerful if you’re collaborating with students on your pre-production: Paper is a beautiful, intuitive digital sketchbook. There’s a variety of different pens, pencils and brushes to aid sketching, and it’s easy to save and share your drawings. Storyboards is a fully featured storyboarding app designed to be used by filmmakers. It’s pre-loaded with all kinds of storyboarding template and assets, making it best-suited for planning content that involves characters and props. Evernote’s Penultimate is a digital handwriting and sketching app. Penultimate notebooks can sync directly to your Evernote account.
  9. 9. Want to learn more? Visit our blog for more tips on producing great video 1. Why you should consider creating original video resources for your students 2. Recording better educational videos with your iPhone or iPad: Lenses 3. 10 great sources of education video to support digital learning 4. Apps and tools for creating better screencasts and presentation videos 5. Transform PowerPoint and Keynote presentations to video learning resources 6. Recording better video with your iPhone or iPad: Sound 7. Recording better video with your iPhone or iPad: Stabilization 8. Five fun video projects for end of term
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