Creating Videos for the Online Classroom

You can create simple tutorial videos in minutes on WizIQ.
So you really want a simple video, explaining what the different parts of a cell are. You have looked for hours, and all of the videos you find have too much music, not enough detail, or they forget to mention the importance of the endoplasmic reticulum. The videos do not quite say what you want them to say.

Perhaps you want a great explanation of “The Causes of the Civil War.” You have your own version of the Truth, and how you want it conveyed. The videos you find are simply not telling the version of the truth that you want your students to hear.

What can you do? Make your own video! It is not hard. This post will talk you through it. It will then provide you with a step-by-step-no-detail-left-behind guide. There is even a tutorial video about how to make a tutorial video. You can do this!

What you need to do:

First, organize your materials. Find a picture of what you want to talk about or list out your points in a document. There are many images available for free that, if you are using them for educational purposes, are fine to use in the classroom.

Prepare a quick document about what you want to say and the points that you want to make. Make sure that you have all the information, but again, this need not be perfect. You need not type every word.

Next, go to the WizIQ virtual classroom. Schedule a class to happen in 20 minutes. Be sure that when you schedule your class, the box that says “Record this class” is checked. Launch the class. Put up the image on the whiteboard. Check your device settings and smile, because in just a few minutes, you are going to be recorded.

When the class begins, have your pointer handy. Refer to your notes. Use the pointer and explain what you see. Tell the students what you want them to hear.
While you want to make sure that there is no spinach in your teeth or dirty smudges on your nose, don’t worry about it, too much. You are trying to convey information, not win a beauty contest!

That is all that there is to it. At the end of the class, WizIQ will format the recording and it will be available to you in the “Past Classes” tab of your main menu.

The step-by-step-no-detail-left-behind guide:
This is what you need to do:

  1. Login to your WizIQ account.
  2. Schedule a class for some time in the future, but be sure that it is after the time when you actually plan to record the tutorial. For example, if you are planning to actually do the recording in two hours from now, schedule the class for three hours from now. Be sure that you opt to record the class.
  3. Launch the class.
  4. Prepare the white board. Simply type or upload onto the white boards whatever information and props that you will need to record the tutorial. You can upload text from your content library or desktop. You can insert information with the tools. When the white boards are well prepared and organized, recording the tutorial is easy. You simply describe what you see and what you want your students to learn.

5. Prepare what you want to say. It is really helpful if you type it out.

6. Check your device settings. Be sure that your face is in focus and your microphone is working.

7. X out of the classroom.

8. You will now be on the page where you can edit the time of the course.

9. Change the time of the course so that it will begin in 2-3 minutes.

10. Launch the class again.

11. Soon, the class will begin. As there will be no students, you will be simply recording yourself in the classroom.

12. Clearly state the title of your video and begin your recording. When you are done, x out of the course.

13. The next screen will ask you to provide feedback about the classroom to WizIQ.

14. Your recording will be available in less than a day. Often, it is ready in minutes.

15. Review the recording.

16. You can upload it into a course or download it onto your computer.

And the tutorial video:


Voilah! A video, ready to go!

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I am a teacher, hiker, mother, dancer and home-maker. I have taught pre-school through SAT prep. I am exploring ways to create on-line learning communities for home-schooled middle school and high school students. In particular, I am starting a low-residency on-line middle school. I would like to help young people explore important ideas while enjoying their lives! You can learn more about my programs at www.onlineclassesforgroovykids.org.

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