DIY Instructional Videos – Self Paced, Student-Centered Blended Learning Tool @PE4Learning
This very simple guide will hopefully inspire you to make your own instructional videos to share with your students and allow them 24/7 access to you as a learning resource. Record yourself breaking down exam papers, construct a perfect model exam answer or produce small revision videos to later share with your students. I am inspired by the wonderful work James Simms and the team at @my_pe_exam produce and thought I would share my own adaptation to work alongside their platform.
- use your own smart phone, tablet or video recording device
- check the recording settings on your device to ensure video quality but reasonable file sizes when uploading or editing later on
- purchase a table clamp like the one in the folder from amazon or other retailer – click the link here to view the one I purchased*
- record your instructional video with voice-over as you annotate the piece of work
- use the pause function on your device if it has one to take breaks and collect your thoughts on where to go next
- once complete, upload the file from the device to a computer
- edit the video file in Windows Movie Maker or iMovie. Add titles, transitions or other effects if needed.
- share the file with your students through YouTube, Google Classroom, Google Drive or any other educational institution approved platform.
- set as homework to review material or as a flipped task for students to watch and make notes on prior to coming to the next lesson
- students can access the video at any point and pause, rewind and make notes on your delivery to develop their learning on the video topic.
- keep the videos short if possible – 5 minutes seems to be favoured from student voice questionnaires
- split videos into categories rather than having a long video covering many topics. This way the students can watch the videos they feel most in need of development and prioritise revision
- use the pause function on the recording device. This allows you to take a breath and plan ahead if you loose track.
- make mistakes! The students remember the mistake and how you corrected it. It produces a memorable moment on the video.
- use a past exam paper and produce a video on each question while you answer each one. This way you have mini videos to keep when using the exam paper again with the next cohort or more importantly in the second year for revision when doing linear subjects.
- share the videos on Google Classroom or Google Drive. YouTube can be blocked in some institutions therefore access can only be granted from home or on their mobile devices which is not possible for some students. Vimeo is another sharing platform to explore as an alternative to the above.
- have the students complete a Flipped Learning Mat when watching them prior to a lesson. That way the students can bring their notes to the lesson and use them to build upon through tasks or conversations with their peers and teacher.
- plan your annotations. Check the specification text book and gather all additional information before you start so you are prepared with everything they need.
If you have any other ideas on the above topic please feel free to leave a comment below to inspire the PE community.