Video Creation: Teaching the Mechanics
Students will need to learn some basic technology skills for creating, uploading, and sharing videos. Below are quick video tutorials. The first shows how to create a simple narrated slideshow, akin to a video documentary, in PowerPoint. The second shows several options for uploading and sharing videos, based on instructor-created specifications for a video assignment. The last two videos show editing tools built into YouTube that students can use if they elect to record video on a Windows PC, using some other toolset than PowerPoint. A link below that connects to a complete tutorial for iMovie, the Mac desktop video creation and editing software that is excellent for all kinds of video-making.
You may watch these videos to familiarize yourself with how your students can create videos in your class. These videos make no reference to a specific class and enable students to make and share videos for various kinds of assignments. You may include these videos within your own class, making them available to students. Rather than (repeatedly) spend time in class teaching these workflows, a professor can instead point students to short tutorial videos like these, which they can watch (as many times as they need) outside of classtime.
Basic Video Documentary: via PowerPoint
Hosting and Sharing Videos via Google Drive
Screencast-O-Matic (free version)
Screencast-O-Matic & YouTube
Clipping Video in YouTube
This lengthy video tutorial, by Eric Timmer, covers iMovie, Mac's complimentary videomaking software.
At places like YouTube, and education-oriented websites you man find tutorials that other people have made (as with the above examples) that can demonstrate to students how to make videos. However, existing tutorials on the web (video or otherwise) may have more or less than your students need for your class, and may not be ideal. As with any assignment, you'll need to consider whether existing resources are appropriate, or something more specific must be made.
Cheap and Free Options for Video
Below are several applications, either desktop- or web-based, that enable you and your students to create videos incorporating static or dynamic content. Some, such as Jing or Screencast-O-Matic, just record whatever's on screen, together with a voiceover. These can be used in conjunction with presentation apps such as Prezi or Google Presentations. Others, such as iMovie or Camtasia, enable users to add images, record a narration, and edit all on a video playtrack. Microsoft Powerpoint, widely available for Windows users, simply records narrations and slide timings for a slideshow presentation, and exports the resulting presentation in .mp4 video format.
Includes simple editing tools. Available to Canisius users through their Google Apps account, although not covered by the Google Apps for Education license.
If you wish your students to make their videos widely available to the internet, YouTube is the best option. YouTube is the most popular vehicle for broadcasting video on the internet.
Under a educational fair use protection, if your students are including copyrighted material in an assignment video production, they should not upload to YouTube, as YouTube might disable the video.
|Cloud Storage using YouTube player tech. Included in Google Apps for Education. If you prefer that your students share their videos with you, and perhaps each other, and are not interested in having their videos widely available on the web, Google Drive is the best option. Sharing with limitations is most easily done in Google Drive, and students can simply install links to their video within a D2L Discussion to share with each other.|
|Alternative to Google products.|