As the coronavirus epidemic has left hundreds of millions of students around the world studying from home, teachers, schools, and universities have had to pivot their teaching strategies quickly. Remote learning that seemed like a somewhat futuristic alternative has become a reality.
Remote learning presents many opportunities, as well as challenges, for both teachers and students. One of the most effective ways to keep students engaged and focused is video.
Video allows students to rewatch the educational videos on their own time if they need to. Getting started with video is simple: create a video to explain, demonstrate, or interact with students – the possibilities are endless.
To become an expert, follow these tips for making the best remote teaching videos.
- Keep it short
- Create the Right Setting
- Editing Is Everything
- Take Fun Breaks
- Turn Your Students Into Video Creators
Keep It Short
Remote learning videos are a great way to simplify complex messages while keeping the viewers interested. That being said, keep in mind your students’ attention span and create short and catchy videos. Your videos should present one topic or chunk of information in a way that’s memorable and easily absorbed. The more your video will try to say, the less the viewer can take in.
Create the Right Setting
If you’re going to be making videos on an ongoing basis, you’ll want to invest in the proper filming and recording tools to ensure your remote learning videos are high quality. Make sure you’re happy with the quality of your camera or webcam and consider using an external microphone for optimal sound quality. But, a good camera and microphone are only part of the story.
Give thought to the lighting and composition of your frame, and record in a noise-free environment. You might even want to design the space similar to a classroom to set the right atmosphere.
Editing Is Everything
Video gives you so many opportunities to enrich your lessons, take advantage of them! Instead of a boring talking head (no offense to anyone’s head), spice up your videos with relevant text, photos, clips, and animation. All of that (and more) can quickly be done with Magisto’s video maker, no prior editing experience needed. You’ll be surprised how intuitive and easy it is to produce professional-looking videos in no time.
Take Fun Breaks
Keep your students engaged and entertained with fun videos that are both educational and playful at the same time. For example: make an interactive quiz, curate a playlist that compatible with your classes, or make younger students happy with a storybook reading. This way, you’ll maintain your students’ balance and your close relationship with them.
Turn Your Students Into Video Creators
Instead of writing an essay or answering a quiz, try giving your students the fun mission of creating a video themselves. It’s an excellent way for them to study independently, to play around with the art of storytelling, and to experience the video-making process, from planning to execution.
Videos present a creative and innovative way to connect with your students and help them grasp educational content. Follow these steps and you will be on your way to creating a collection of educational videos to boost morale, and kick-start your online learning strategy.