Nowadays, videos are the easiest way to learn new things, as modern technology has shattered the walls that confined the traditional ways of studying. So, as an educator, your ways must improve too.
Besides, the research shows that 70% of students have already opted for online education. But wait! Do you know how to make videos for online classes? Do you know what steps to follow or which tools to use for making it?
That’s right, everyone’s going on and on about making courses and videos for online classes, but no one’s explaining how? Thus, we brainstormed and came up with simple steps and searched for tools that are easy to use and practically understandable.
What are the advantages of making videos for online classes?
Before you make the video, understand why is it important? Because there are several advantages of pre-recording the lectures and lessons, and some of them are listed below:
- Learning/educating within your comfort
- Doesn’t need to the repetition of points often while explaining
- Flexible study and work schedule
- Can achieve higher studies while working
- Self-pace studying
- Saves commuting cost
- Reduce study pressure
- Builds concentration
- Gives a structure to your specific lifestyle
- Encourages self-study
- Prepares students for future challenges
- Expands students’ connection- worldwide
- Less education cost
- Improves communication skills
- Prompts time management skills
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How To Make Videos For Online Classes Like a Professional?
Okay, so be ready to note-down, because we will now start preparing things for making videos. But first, know what kind of format you want your lessons to set in. And where to make the videos engaging?
Chill it down, we got you covered here as well. You can shape a video in many different ways, but let’s not talk about all of them and focus on 3 simple formats,
Select Your Online-Video Format
- Narrative Videos
In simple terms, it is like explaining on a digital blackboard, where you will not use an actual board; neither will it be black, unless you format it that way.
It’s simply clumping texts and graphs or images in sequels in a video, where you will explain your points in narration.
For recording your narration, all you need is a high-quality microphone, excellent voice recording apps, some basic video editing tools/apps, and complete silence while recording.
Screen-casting/Screen-recordings are usually for tech or software practical learning; where they record their screen to show step-by-step video tutorials. You can also use it to explain your lessons by casting your power-point presentations. But recording such videos needs some apps or software, and we listed some below.
- Chrome Remote Desktop
- Built-in Android Screen recording tool
- Built-in iOS Screen recording tool
- Screen flow
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Incorporating animations in instructive videos is a modern approach to explain lessons and lectures. It helps students grasp the key points easily.
You can use characters, whiteboard format, or drawing style to keep your students engage. But, don’t worry you won’t need the drawing skills; just some editing tools with bright imaginations.
Tools to make animated videos:
- GO Animate
- Pencil 2D Animation
Steps For Making Videos For Online Classes:
Alright, we got our video format. But every video has one basic thing in common: Contents.
And, depending on your format, you can edit your content. But, before that, you must arrange your contents, then edit it however you want.
Now, let’s look at these steps with examples for creating a sequel of contents for your videos.
Step 01: Select a Topic
Selecting a topic will specify your objectives and structure a basic idea for the contents.
Example: Basic English Grammar Skills
Step 02: Start with an introduction
No matter how common your subject is; it always needs to begin with an introduction.
Example: (Taking the above example)
“English is the universal language, and perfecting it is a must. Because, if your grammar is weak then it becomes hard to communicate.” Or something along those lines. Remember to make it short and simple.
Step 03: Break your lessons into small chunks of sub-topics
Clustering everything in a single video will make things confusing. So, to avoid that, break them into sub-topics.
Example: In one video, you can explain nouns and differentiate between special nouns and common nouns. Then in the other, you may explain the next sub-topic, and so on.
Step 04: Use graphics
Like I said, depending on your format, your content is shaped accordingly. But, even in a simple format like narrations and screen-casting, you can use images and ready-made videos to explain certain points or steps.
Step 05: Short Quiz
A short quiz at the end of every video lesson will help the students to engage and discuss the topic further, for better understanding.
Example: (Short quiz) – Pick out the adjectives from the sentence given below, and mention four synonyms for the adjective:
“Lillian waltz in a glamorous gown, leaving everyone in awe.”
Step 06: Assigning the assignments
Every lesson should have a pre-planned assignment. And in this case, they should do it digitally. For example, you can ask them to record a video explaining the topic you taught or do a power-point presentation, with zero plagiarism.
End of Lesson!
And that’s how to make videos for online classes like a pro. Weren’t these steps simple?
But, the job isn’t over yet. Be prepared for any doubts, because it is natural for students to have doubts. Some search for their own solutions, while others prefer to ask. And remember to record your lessons in a coherent speech, with an attractive presentation.
Hope the instructions were helpful! Comment any ideas you want to pitch in as a student or a teacher.
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