Creating videos for flipped learning

Now what?

After the educational vodcast is created, it’s time to edit, which Holden says is optional.

However, for those educators invested in creating the perfect vodcast, Holden suggests using editing software such as Windows Movie Maker, iMovie (Apple), FlipShare, and YouTube Video Editor.

Watch YouTube Video Editor’s short tutorial:

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Once the vodcast has been edited, educators can upload their video to YouTube, Vimeo, Podbean, iTunesU, and MeFeedia. Uploading usually requires creating an account, clicking “upload,” browsing your computer to find your video, adjusting your settings, and naming your video.

“To embed video once uploaded, find the ‘share’ button on your Vimeo or YouTube video, find the embed code, highlight, then right click and hit ‘copy.’ Paste the code into your blog, website, or other platform. I suggest making your dimensions 640 by 420 for the best quality,” said Holden.

Holden suggested that educators should keep students out of their vodcasts, because of safety and privacy concerns. If students are included, or if they make their own vodcasts, educators should make sure to get parents’ permission.

“From my experience, students love vodcasting, and projects can include anything from digital book reviews to interviews with historical figures,” said Holden. “And teachers, your vodcast doesn’t just have to be a lesson. It can be anything from explaining a fun fact to a book discussion. Be creative!”

Holden concluded his webinar with a few vodcasting best practices before venturing into video creation:

  • Plan carefully. Know your audience, narrow the scope of the content, write a script or create a storyboard, and deliver information not readily available elsewhere.
  • Shoot skillfully. Know your camera’s capabilities, use lighting as needed, leave room for editing before and after each shot, shoot more than you need, and keep your format consistent.
  • Edit judiciously. Keep the vodcast small (no more than 15 minutes); edit for content, quality, and length; and compress the file.

For more information on education video, check out New Teacher Help and School Video News.

Meris Stansbury

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