Tuesday, October 16, 2012

(23) Week 10: Facilitator+ Making video lectures

Video examples

As an extension on last week's topic, Gie and Lynn have provided some examples of videos they have created - many thanks Gie and Lynn for sharing!

Introduction to a Unit by Lynn

An interview with researchers by Gie, starring many SENS staff!

Other video examples from Gie: 
  1. An  illustration of lecture content: Food choice of children
  2.  Applying content knowledge to real life
  3. A how to video: How to write your introduction, using screen video capture

Creating content

This week we are looking at EDUCREATIONS Interactive whiteboard. This is a free app for the iPad that allows you to create short videos. (At present there is not an Android version

As we increasingly move away from hour or two hour lectures into more active and interactive learning approaches, it is useful to have a number of tools that allow us to create short video lessons that are concise, focussed explanations of a concept or theory.

Educreations is an easy tool to master, and the videos are quick to make. You can then share your video link via email, upload it to D2L, or host it on a website. You can also get the embed code and embed it into D2L, a website, or a blog as I have done below.

Step 1: Borrow an iPad from me or Sandra, or work with a colleague who has one.

Step 2: Download Educreations from the iTunes store.

Step 3: Watch this Educreations video Rod made explaining the Creatine Biosynthesis pathway (thanks Rod!).

Step 4: Watch this video below I made with Educreations that explains how to use it
(If you are unable to view the video below, there is also a link here).

Don't forget you can expand the video to full screen with the double arrow button at the bottom right corner of the video. 

Step 5: Practice speaking, drawing, creating new screens with images, annotating them. 
( I have a stylus you can borrow if you wish to test one out.)

Tip #1: Record only small sections, then press pause, so you don't have to remember too much at once. Once you click DONE, you can't add more. And you can't edit the video afterwards. (its designed for quick easy use).
Tip #2: Keep the iPad at a constant distance so the audio is even (unlike mine!).
Tip #3: You will need to have all the images you want to use on your iPad. So email them, do a screen capture, or save them from the web first.

Step 6: 
Plan out a one or two minute video explaining a topic, an administrative process, lab safety tips, or your research area or findings (I am happy to help with this - book in a time). You may wish to do something you can actually use in your work.

It is useful to plan each screen in a word document, including:
- what you can say and what is useful to represent visually
- what images you will need and whether you will annotate them as you speak for impact
- what you will annotate or draw for emphasis
- what text you will type in, or what text you will write.

Step 7: Make the Educreations video! (I am also happy to assist with this step).
Email your video link to me or your teaching team to show us your work!


Other tools:
If you have an Android tablet or phone, download the free Whiteboard lite app which also allows collaborative drawing.

The Splashboard app ($9.45) for Android and iPad is also a powerful tool. This video shows what it can do.


Congratulations, your have now earned your

Week 9 and 10 Facilitator+ badge!

1 comment:

  1. Hi.
    Thanks for providing Android and iPad options. We don't have either at Waurn Ponds, so we can't so our home work. I wonder if any from Burwood could be sent to us? :-)