Teacher’s Guide to Video and Animation Tools
You’re probably aware how much time your students (and perhaps colleagues!) spend captivated by online video, whether its reliving favourite adverts, learning hair and make up tips or the ubiquitous funny cats. Video is an effective and engaging way to deliver a message, but long gone are the days when rolling out the TV and putting on a VHS was the highlight of the term’s teaching. So what are the latest ways to use video to best effect in the classroom?
Although plenty of educational video content already exists online, it might not be that easy to find something that perfectly fits your specific lesson plan. By creating your own you can tailor it to your class, and produce something that’s bound to be far more effective than something taken from YouTube.
It’s not as daunting as it may sound; the number of tools available to create quick and easy videos is on the increase. It’s no longer a complicated, time-consuming process to turn your content into engaging videos.
We’ve taken a look at some of the video creation and editing tools available – here’s our roundup.
If you are creating a video that features real footage, then filming is only half the job – an effective editing tool is just as important. Good editing can elevate a home movie to a more professional and fun result.
Tools to try:
- iMovie (for iOS)
- Windows Movie Maker (preloaded to most Windows OS or available as a free download)
- Creaza MovieEditor
Using animation instantly catches the attention of an audience and adds another dimension to video. It needn’t be complicated to produce either – there are a variety of tools that are focused on making animation easy to access.
Tools to try:
Also known as video screen capture, screencasts are videos of on-screen activities, often enhanced with audio narration. They’re useful tools for demonstrating how to use computer-based programs in a simple way, or to talk through learning concepts that are displayed on screen.
Tools to try:
Video could be an invaluable resource to add to your teaching toolbox, offering an alternative but effective way to engage your students. And now video creation has become more accessible, why not get your students involved too? Video could become a key part of project work and result in a deeper understanding of lesson content.
An animation made by an 8 year old student on “What makes Britain great?”
An explanation of how to use a semi-colon
Student created video explaining the Law of Conservation of Energy
A movie trailer based on a book that students have been reading
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