How to Make an Educational Videos for Students

The use of educational Video is gaining a reputation as one of the most popular eLearning formats, yet many instructors do not have the slightest clue of where to begin. Online learners are demanding modern, video-based courses that work beautifully on computers, tablets, and smartphones. Recent data shows just how

popular video is becoming very effective at educating students and a study conducted in 2013 revealed that 67% of online learners reportedly taking a video-based class. Fortunately, creating video has never been simpler. This article aims at describing how to create videos for students for all instructors who are just getting started.

Narrated Slides: If you have Powerpoint or Keynote presentations, it’s easy to create an audio narration by pressing the Record Slide Show button. Both the Powerpoint and Keynote software enables its users to save their presentation as a movie. For Mac users, Keynote is the best option as it records and converts presentations much more easily than Office for Mac. It is advisable to use images and reduce the amount of written text as this improves the visual quality of your slides.

Screencasting: Screencasting refers to a modern technique where a user can record his/her computer screen while adding a voiceover. This method is mostly used for technical training, software training, and step-by-step video tutorials. The user will likely be required to edit the beginning and end of each video segment. It is essential to use a screencasting tool with some editing capabilities. For Mac users, iMovie works well for basic editing.

Animations: Animations, such as white-board style drawings, are very modern and visually attractive for online students. Animation software is easy to use and comes with incorporated images, text, music, and themes. Although it takes a user more time to create an animation than narrating Powerpoint slides or recording computer screen, it can be easily done by oneself and the results will look professionally produced. Options to consider are Adobe Voice (iPad only), GoAnimate, VideoScribe

It is best for a tutor to keep each section short preferably not more than 6 minutes, use a microphone for audio, and add interactive elements such as quizzes throughout the course. Videos are another tutoring tool in every teacher’s armoury, but it doesn’t replace sound instructional design.


Wevideo: WeVideo is a shared, cloud-based online video editor that is free to use, with affordable options to export in HD and store additional videos
Google Story Builder: Google Story Builder allows users to create mini-movies or video stories with the feel of Google Docs. The users can also personalize the videos they created using the characters, story, and even music of their choice and can even share their final product with others.

Pixorial:Pixorial is a great platform that can be used when a user wants to record his/her lectures, create exciting presentations, or encourage students’ creativity by having them shoot, edit and share their own videos.

Powtoon: PowToon is another great platform that allows users to create attractive and fascinating content, animate flipped classroom, inspire indisposed students to be creative and above all let students express themselves.

Wideo: Wideo is an online animation platform that allows users to create, edit, and share videos for free. The platform allows users to choose the images, fonts, animations, and videos they want to use in order to create their own online video and then share

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