1 - Where You Post Makes All of the Difference
Where you post your videos makes all of the difference for learners who are hearing impaired, English Language Learners (ELL), or need to see written text. YouTube is an excellent place to house your videos because of its Automatic Closed-Captioning features. Click the Closed-Captioning button and there is nothing else to do.
2 - Embed Notes with Your Videos with VideoNot.es
There are several different web applications that you can use to embed notes with your videos. One of my favorites is called VideoNot.es because it links with your Google account.
How does it work?
- To create your first video, paste a video link into VideoNot.es and load your video.
- Add notes to your presentation in the side margin. Each note will contain a bookmark with the exact time it occurs in the video. If viewers click on your note, they will be directed to the exact spot in your video. This is perfect for step-by-step instructions.
- When you are finished, save your video. It will automatically save to your Google Drive and you can share it with your students.
How does it work?
NOTE: Students will need to open up your video using the VideoNot.es Chrome App.
3 - Don't Repeat, Just Rewind
Are you tired of repeating yourself over and over? Why not use a tool like Screencastomatic, Screencastify, or another screencasting program to record your beginning of class, end of class, or homework instructions?
If a student didn't hear you, walked in late, or was absent, just have the student play the instructions. This will save you valuable time and frustration!
4 - Scaffold Instructions with a YouTube Playlist
One of the main reasons why students fail to complete assignments is that they don't completely understand the content. Why not create a YouTube playlist containing a brief tutorial of the assignment and other helpful videos to help with the assignment?
I often think of 2 - 3 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) or topics that will prevent my students from understanding or completing the assignments. I provide solutions in the form of videos on my YouTube playlist.
Hopefully this is a great reminder that video is a powerful tool and even more powerful if used in strategic ways. Do you have other video ideas? I'd love to hear about them!