Sep 27

Six Styles of Video Projects and Tools for Creating Them

By: Richard Byrne

videoss“The process of creating and publishing videos can be a great way to get students excited about researching, storytelling, and sharing their work with an audience. For teachers who have never facilitated video creation projects in their classrooms, choosing the right style of video and the right tools can be a bit confusing at first. To help bring clarity to the styles and tools, I have a rather simple outline that I use in my video creation workshops. That outline with suggested tools for creating videos in each style is included in the PDF embedded below.” To read further please click here:

Sep 19

Getting in on the Green Screen Scene

By:Justin Birckbichler

greenscreensMy fourth grade students have met George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Robert E. Lee. They have traveled from the forest to the desert to the beach in a matter of seconds. How is this possible? Through the magic of green screens.

What are green screens? They are exactly that; a green (or sometimes blue) surface that actors perform in front of, to which digital effects are added. Sorry to burst your bubble, but Chris Hemsworth really can’t fly [Ed. Note- WHAT!?! Lies!], Sandra Bullock really didn’t float through space, and The Great Gatsby wasn’t really filmed in 1920s NYC. Through movie magic, actors can travel to any place imaginable: past, present, or future.

As with any educational technology endeavor, it is critical to understand why you should implement this into your classroom. Do you teach history, science, or language arts? Can you take your students back to the founding of America, shrink your students down to explore an atom, or have them travel to any setting they wish? With a green screen, the answer is yes. You can create a more immersive experience for your students, which in turn will help them to remember the lesson for years to come. Additionally, it becomes a more fun and engaging experience, which is something that all students need.”To read further please click here:

Sep 16

The Classroom Video Manifesto: Resources, ideas and more

By: Matt Miller

VIDEO IN CLASS“Every day, millions of hours of YouTube videos are watched by its 1 billion users. Every minute, 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube.

It’s no surprise that video engages students in our classrooms.

It’s in their pockets — on the mobile devices that many of them come to school with every day. (Or their parents’ devices that they love to use …)

It’s on their minds — the viral videos that “everybody is watching” are a common topic of conversation at school at ALL levels.

It’s on their fingertips — clicking “record” to save their moments, whether they’re publishing them or not.

Instagram – where many teens and tweens are posting videos and pictures — is growing by leaps and bounds. It has more users than Twitter as of the beginning of 2015. More than half of young adults (18 to 29) are on Instagram and a quarter of U.S. adults.”To read further please click here


Sep 12

The app that lets you create Khan Academy-style videos in 60 seconds

By: Peter West

engaging students“How flipped educators can create video tutorials a la Khan in no time flat

Blended learning and flipped learning just got a whole lot easier.

Anyone can now create learning resources for students in little more time that is required for a normal explanation of a topic.

  • Recording solutions to math problems — almost as quick as solving the problem on paper.
  • Highlighting important text, and explaining concepts along the way — a breeze.
  • Sketching, labelling and explaining diagrams with audio annotation — child’s play.
  • Providing personal feedback on a student’s work — super simple.
  • Taking a photograph of anything – an art work, an experiment, a building – and then drawing on it while explaining concepts — quick and easy.The recordings can then be played on virtually any device, and are easily placed in a LMS or OLE (Online Learning Environment)Thus, almost anything that I would normally write on paper to explain to a student I now do on my computer (a pen-based Windows tablet — in my case a Surface Pro 3). The time overhead is minimal, and students can replay the explanation whenever and wherever is needed, as many times as is needed.”To read further please click here:

Aug 23

Augmented Reality – The Coolest Instructional Technology You’ve Never Heard of?

By: Maria Politis

augmen“AR Tools are Being Used Today by Creative Educators in Fun, Innovative Ways, but few Know About it (yet).

Educators are always looking for new ways to enhance learning and expand the horizons of students in an engaging and interactive way. Gone are the days when class plans were based around exercises from a text book. The world around us is changing rapidly and even preschool age children are becoming more proficient with different types of handheld devices like tablets.

These devices are an integral part of more classrooms every day and are being used to complete homework activities, present projects, upload assignments and participate in classroom collaborations. Many school systems around the world are starting to move into the world of BYOD – Bring Your Own Device, which means that the tech we use in the classroom needs to work across multiple devices and platforms.” To read further please click here:

Aug 17

5 Interactive Tools to Embed in ThingLink Video

thingyBy: S. Oxnevad

“In the final week of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge we asked participants to create a lesson to Engage Students with ThingLink for Video. Participants learned to Embed a Google Form in a ThingLink Video to minimize distractions and provide students with direct access to an interactive form without leaving the video. The ability to embed interactive content right inside of a video is very powerful. Let’s take a closer look at 5 interactive tools to embed in ThingLink Video.

Kick it Up a Notch

You can copy the embed code from any 3rd party tool with an embed code into ThingLink Video and it will appear live. Once you copy the code, paste it into the box in the tag editor, pictured here. The results are amazing and powerful!” To read further please click here:

Aug 05

Engage Students with ThingLink Video

By:Susan Oxnevad

thingy“In Week 5 of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge participants are encouraged to design a media rich guided learning experience to engage students with ThingLink Video. These annotated video lessons work well because they allow students to progress at their own pace, providing opportunities for review and challenge. Once a ThingLink Video lesson is created and published, it can be accessed at school or at home as an extension of the classroom. Best of all, these lessons can be powered by Google Docs to provide data, student accountability, and opportunities for feedback.

About ThingLink Video

ThingLink interactive video can contain clickable hotspots such as text, images, video, music, Google Docs and maps. Hotspots appear for the viewer during play giving an option to explore the embedded content while pausing the video in the background to explore resources. ThingLink for Video allows educators to personalize existing video content.To read further please click here:
Jul 15

The Scoop on Periscope: Broadcast Live Video to the World

By:Tony Vincent

vldeo in education“I find myself explaining Periscope and how I use it a lot lately. Educators are eager to live broadcast to connect to each other and maybe use it in their classrooms. So, what better way to explain my take on this new video streaming service than in an infographic? See below for what I’ve come up with. I’ve included an overview of Periscope, some of its limitations, and my top tips.

Click to download a PDF version that is easier to read and has clickable hyperlinks. Alternatively, you canclick to view in Google Drawings where you can download in various formats.

Since Periscope broadcasts are only available for replay online for 24 hours, I archive most of my broadcasts on YouTube in my Periscope Broadcasts playlist. You can get a feel for what I broadcast by watching the archives. I really wish the archived videos had comments and hearts because those are two things that really make Periscope broadcasts special.

You’ll notice the I use a microphone in many of my broadcasts. A handheld microphone is great because it reduces background noise in loud rooms and allows me to pan the camera without affecting the volume of my broadcast. I’m really liking the microphone I currently use with my iPhone. It’s an iRig Mic HD, and it’s $89 on Amazon (affiliate link).” To read further please click here:

Jun 22

Using Video Conferencing Technology for Collaborative Learning

By: Peter Paccone

setting_up_classroom_ideas“I’m a San Marino High School (CA) social studies teacher who has increasingly sought to connect students in my US Government, World History, and US History classes with the “world-at-large” using video conference technology.

Over the past twenty-four months of experimentation, I have learned that video conferencing technology can provide any/all students with a highly rewarding, innovative, and engaging experience that empowers them to connect to their own learning process. My students connected via video conference with:

  • People in the news
  • People discussed in our textbook
  • Book authors and/or journalists
  • Museum curators and/or staff
  • Subject matter experts
  • Students from other schools
  • Adults willing to hear student end-of-term presentations”

To read further please click here:

Jun 11

Video For All

By:Russell Stannard

videoss“Video for All is a website that provides lots of examples of how video can be used in language teaching. These videos quickly show you the website and the fantasitc resources that you can make use of. This is a very useful resource if you are a teaching looking for new teaching ideas or want to learn more about the use of video in language teaching.” To read further please click here:

Apr 14

The Benefits of Students Teaching Students Through Online Video

By:Katrina Schwartz

vldeo in education“Videos have already become an important part of modern education, whether through well-known education platforms like Khan Academy or content created by teachers for their students’ use. Video tutorials can help students with questions on homework or test preparation. However, students are finding the value in creating tutorial videos themselves for other students.During her sophomore year, Shilpa Yarlagadda was falling behind in her high school courses and began looking up video tutorials online to help catch up. But she soon realized she learned difficult material better from her friends than from any of the content she could find online. She was struggling with AP Chemistry that year, but when a concept finally clicked, she would make a video about it to help her friends taking lower level chemistry classes.” To read further please click here:

Mar 24

Create an Audio Slideshow With Annotations in YouTube

By: Richard Byrne

youtubeclipse“YouTube is loaded with tools and settings that teachers and students often overlook. The YouTube audio slideshow tool is one of those overlooked tools built into YouTube. I often demonstrate it in my workshops on video creation. In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how to use YouTube’s audio slideshow creation tool.” To read further please click here:

Mar 20

50 Of The Best Video Games For Learning In 2015

By:  TeachThought Staff

code“We’ve discussed the merits and utility of video games in the classroom before, so we won’t beleaguer the point. If you’re interested in the possibility of video games for learning–that is, teaching and learning with video games to master both academic and non-academic content–than the following collection may be of interest to you.

We’ve discussed before the logistics of how to teach with video games (especially for non-mobile games). What exactly this looks like on a daily basis in your classroom depends on the reality of your classroom: Available technology, WiFi access and bandwidth, grade level, content area, your comfort level with games, and so on.

But if this an area you’re interested in learning more about, we thought a collection of the best video games for learning–that is, those we’d want our own children playing for their varied utility in teaching and/or learning–might be useful.


To select each of these games, we focused on 3 basic criteria:

1. Playability

This has to do with the quality of the game. There isn’t one, clear definition for what a “good” video game should be. Pong is universally-accepted as “good,” but is a simple game of digital ricochet. Other games are multi-million dollar projects with a myriad of brilliant ideas, but that come together all wrong.” To read further please click here:

Feb 13

Three Ways Film Can Enhance the Student Classroom Experience

By: Edudemic Staff

video123“Do you remember the joy that you felt as a student when you saw the teacher roll the TV into the classroom? Your students can experience the same joy when you show a film in your own classroom – and it won’t be because it’s a perceived distraction. In her recent blog post, Sarah Marsh outlines 12 ways to use film creatively in the classroom. Building on concepts from that piece, we’ll focus on three key themes here: film immersion, cultural immersion, and student activity.

There are a plethora of ways to immerse students into a film. Let’s say that you show a full-length film in class. Students can research the director or actors’ body of work, seeking commonalities and inspiration, which allows students to discover what inspires them. They can use podcast and radio reviews of a movie to determine how reviewers describe the visual aspects of a film using nothing but audio, and they can even create their own podcast reviews of the film.” To read further please click here:

Feb 01

5 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do On YouTube

By: Med Kharbach

Youtube“After the post I shared here on how to create flipped videos via the use of annotations and other interactivity features on YouTube, I received a couple of emails from fellow teachers asking about certain functionalities on YouTube. Instead of answering each one individually, I decided to create this post and include in it the major important things a teacher should be able to do on YouTube.

Here is what you will get to learn from these tips:

  • Know how to add subtitles and closed captions to your videos
  • Add and edit annotations
  • use enhancement features to improve your videos
  • How to use YouTube video editor to combine, trim, add music and customize your clips
  • How to search YouTube library for copyright-free music to add to your videos
  • How to swap the audio track on our videos

Click on each title to access its corresponding resource page.” To read further please click here:  …

Jan 28

Five Minute Film Festival: Video Boot Camp

By:Bill Selak

video123“The rapid adoption of devices in the classroom has fundamentally changed the way we can create video. Every part of the creation process — writing, recording, editing, and distributing — is possible on the devices that can fit in our pocket. Vision is the most dominant of the five senses. Research shows that concepts are better remembered if they are taught visually. This is called the pictorial superiority effect, and it’s why video is such a powerful learning tool.

A video is created three times: when you write it, when you shoot it, and when you edit it. There are several formats that can be used to write a script for the classroom: a Google Doc, a dedicated app (ex: Storyboards), a Google Form, or a production organization document. Whichever format is used, emphasis should be placed on how it will be used in the classroom, and what the goal of the video is. When recording, it is important to incorporate basic rules of composition, such as the rule of thirds, into your video. Being aware of the environment (basic concepts like lighting and room tone) makes it easier to edit.” To read further please click here:

Jan 19

Seeking the unique pedagogical characteristics of video

By: Tony Bates

vldeo in education“Although it will be seen that there are good pedagogical reasons for using video, it presents much more of a challenge to faculty than the use of text or audio. Producing video that exploits the unique characteristics of video is not something that most faculty have the time or ability to do themselves, and adds substantial cost to a course. The alternative of course is video available as an open educational resources, and good luck with that. I had great difficulty in finding suitable open educational resources to use as examples (although there are talking heads in abundance). If anything, the availability of good quality video OERs has declined recently, with much of the material previously available through Open Learn and other sources such as iTunesU and even YouTube now removed. Copyright of good quality educational video is still pretty restricted, probably because of the high cost of producing it. Reliability of OERs is becoming a critically important issue. If an instructor cannot rely on an OER being available in a year or two after incorporation into their teaching, OERs won’t get used.” To read further please click here:

Jan 02

Ways to Use Video Conferencing in the Classroom

By: Jayne Clara

videoss“Video conferencing is a wonderful technology that has helped change the way both business and personal communication is conducted. It not only provides a more personal, intimate way to communicate compared to a phone call, but thanks to additional services like document sharing and multi-point capabilities, the technology is by far the most effective and productive way to conduct important meetings outside of actually being face-to-face. But its effectiveness is so close to what a face-to-face meeting can give that it completely negates the need to travel to any sort of in-person meeting. Video conferencing isn’t just a useful tool for businesses and personal use, it’s also a wonderful tool teachers can use toenhance a student’s learning experience in the classroom, whether that classroom is in an elementary school, middle school, high school, or university.”To read further please click here:

Nov 08

Make Marvelous Movies

By: Tony Vincent

videoss“Today it’s possible to film, edit, and publish movies all on an iOS device. There’s no more importing video into a computer, and apps are making the process easier than ever! See a demonstration and examples of how to create excellent educational films by using a variety of iPhone and iPad apps to film, edit, enhance, and publish videos. Learn about tips and tricks for helping students memorize lines, improving sound quality, changing camera angles, improving lighting, and much more.  We’ll even produce a short film together!

Explorer Interview by 5th graders are examples of framing and changing camera angles.


Recording in short clips and changing the camera angles has many benefits:

  • Visually interesting
  • Rarely zooms and pans
  • Illusion of multiple cameras
  • Shorter lines
  • Script just off camera

To read further please click here:

Nov 05

Microsoft Quick Tip Videos for Teachers

By: Microsoft Education Team

microsoft“Improving collaboration between students. Designing more engaging lessons. Saving time. If you’re an educator, these are likely things you care about. As technology becomes more powerful and increasingly prevalent in classrooms, the potential to improve student learning grows.

To make it easier to harness the power of technology for student learning, we have put together a series of quick tip videos. This series of Quick Tip Videos are 2-minute clips that show teachers how to use a feature in their classroom right after watching the clip so they can immediately integrate an idea into tomorrow’s lesson plan.

These videos are organized based on six core priorities that teachers reporting being the ways they think about how to integrate technology into student learning.

These Quick Tip Videos are short, consumable clips that empower teachers to accomplish a task with free Microsoft tools and technology. Often the challenge with technology as comprehensive as Microsoft’s is some features that can be immensely helpful to educators are buried under the multiple functionalities of the products. These Quick Tip Videospresent product capabilities to teachers, organized and aligned around classroom goals.” To read further please click here:

Oct 15

6 Ways To Access @YouTube Videos Even If They’re Blocked at School

By: Lisa Nielsen

youtubing“It’s hard to believe that one of the top tools for learning as recognized by the Center for Learning &Performance Technologies is blocked in many schools today. Fortunately, innovative educators are resilient souls. If they can’t get the learning to their students, the old fashioned way, they’ll find another.
In this case, the tool we’re talking about is YouTube. As pointed out in Edudemic’s 50 Education Tools Every Teacher Should Know About, “Not all schools allow YouTube, but they are missing out as the site contains a wealth of great learning materials for the classroom. There’s even a special education-focused channel just for teachers and students.” To read further please click here:

Oct 15

Video killed the textbook: teacher tips on using film in class

By: Martin Williams

videoss“You might not want your school to be taken over by television cameras like Educating the East End, but introducing a taste of the silver screen to the classroom is a smart way to engage students.

If you need to spark a debate, give instructions or share some subject context, video can be a powerful tool in your armoury, whether that’s through feature films, TV clips, YouTube videos, or homemade films.

We asked five teachers who use videos in exciting and innovative ways to share their experiences and advice:

James Rolfe, head of science, Judgemeadow community college, Leicester

Often in science you have to demonstrate an experiment, but if you’ve got 30 children in the class it’s difficult to make sure everyone’s listening and can see what you’re doing. So using video can make such a big difference.” To read further please click here:

Oct 02

Video technology continues to shape the future of education

By: Laura Neiser

techoo“Technology, bandwidth, and the introduction of new electronic devices continue to set new standards for education in the US. Things like video chats and peer-to-peer applications are fundamentally transforming the way both students and teachers learn and educate. According to Comcast Business’s white paper titled “How to Transform Your School“, there are several educational benefits to using high-speed connections for K-12.” To read further please click here:

Sep 06

Webcam Video in E-Learning

By:David Anderson

eleaarning“In a recent workshop on interactive video, some participants asked me what I thought of using webcam videos in corporate e-learning. While I haven’t done a lot with webcam video, I think it’s one of the easiest ways for designers to make existing courses more engaging.

Course introductions are a great place to start. Rather than narrate a slide of learning objectives and bullet points, try personalizing your intro with a webcam recording. Chapter and summary slides are also another way to integrate webcam videos into your courses. Once your storyboard is approved, you have the content you need to webcam one or more slides.

Though my workshop folks weren’t entirely sure video would work in their organizations, there sure was a lot of interest in it. And that’s what this week’s challenge is all about!

Challenge of the week

This week your challenge is to create a webcam video to introduce yourself and the types of e-learning projects you enjoy most.

This challenge is the third in our portfolio challenges. In previous challenges, you created interactive resumes and shared your e-learning portfolios. This week you’ll record a video introduction and highlight some projects you’ve designed.

Your webcam video should include the following:

  • Full webcam video
  • Screen recording
  • Lower third

To read further please click here:

with webcam video, I think it’s one of the easiest ways for designers to…


Aug 13

Using Animoto in the Classroom

By:Laura Bates

animoto“It’s unusual for me to write a blog post extolling the virtues of a single edtech tool – I usually prefer a rundown of several resource that can be used for any given subject, because there are so many brilliant tools out there to feature and usually so many advantages and disadvantages to using each one.  But Animoto is a special case! It is incredibly easy to use, which is a huge plus for the classroom, but also presents a really wide and flexible range of possible uses, which isn’t always the case with the simpler end of edtech tools.

If you’re not already familiar with Animoto, it’s a website that allows you to make your own videos by choosing a background template from a wide range of options, adding a piece of music, and then creating a completely unique compilation of photographs, video clips and text, which is then all magically pulled together into an incredibly professional finished product.” To read further please click here:

Aug 09

Plan a Better iMovie Trailer with These PDFs

By: Tony Vincent

imoviee“When you begin a new iMovie project, you have a choice of creating a movie or a trailer. A trailer follows a template to create a Hollywood-style movie advertisement. iMovie for iOS has 14 trailer templates, and each has its own musical score and graphics. To make your own trailer, choose a template, insert your text, and fill each shot with a video or photo.

Each template has a different number of text screens and shots. Each shot is typically on the screen for only a second or two, so a one-minute trailer requires about two dozen shots.

Students and teachers are making trailers to do things like demonstrate their learning, explain vocabulary words, document experiments, preview novels or textbook chapters, summarize historical events and promote school activities. ” To read further please click here:

Aug 08

5 great ed-tech admin resources on YouTube

By:Michael Sharnoff
yout“These YouTube resources can help college administrators deliver instruction more effectively, enhance the student experience, and keep costs down

Administrators are using social media for marketing purposes embracing mobile technology to help campus leaders in their search for a more sustainable business model as the higher ed landscape evolves.

Videos are some of the best teaching tools available to administrators and educators, and YouTube offers a seemingly infinite number of educational channels on varying topics.

Take a look at the following five YouTube resources for admins on technology and innovation in education.” To read further please click here:

Aug 08

Say Hello to The Netflix Generation

By:James Cross

Netflix“Today’s students are the ‘Netflix Generation’ — they’ve  grown up in a world where video is available instantly, on-demand, and on any device. In fact, college–age students in the 18 – 24 age bracket are the biggest consumers of online video — with each watching an average of 398 online videos per month.

With video now accounting for 43% of all online traffic — (and that predicted to double by 2016) — forward–thinking colleges and universities are looking to explore the rich educational possibilities video can offer.

Students at these institutions are no strangers to video: they increasingly watch it on mobile devices, consume content across multiple screens, and love creating their own videos. Because of this, it’s vital for any instructor incorporating video into their course to fully understand why video can be such an effective tool for teaching the Netflix Generation:”  To read further please click here:

Jul 27

5 Strategies For Engaging Students With Video

By:James Cross

classroom video“Online video is taking the world by storm, and today’s students are the biggest consumers of online video content — they’re the ‘Netflix Generation’. These students have grown up in a world where video is available instantly, on-demand, and on any device.

Combined with the rise of flipped and blended learning methodologies, it’s natural that today’s educators are seeking innovative ways to take advantage of video.

But video is complex – and in the past, it’s been difficult for educators to make use of it for learning. The good news is that it’s easier than ever to take advantage of online video; with cloud video delivery becoming increasingly intuitive and affordable, cutting–edge video technologies are now firmly within the grasp of universities and instructors.” To read further please click here: