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A personal touch: Videos are a powerful and flexible medium to express individual thoughts and ideas. For online teachers, this becomes even more important in order to make a virtual classroom more lively and assure students that they are being taught by a human. Students connect more to you when they can see you (doing the Harlem Shake).
Lot of room for fun: Videos for the virtual classroom need not be formal and uptight. There is a lot of room for fun and frolic. Otherwise hypnotic subjects, like, history or math [this is a personal perspective] can be turned into fun animations and slideshows, and voila, your students are not dropping out of class (virtual version of snoring) anymore!
All audio and no video makes Jack a dull e-Learner: Online education is not about lectures. A one minute video is far better than an hour of plain talking on the screen. Although any kind of videos help, but if they are DIY, they have a warmer effect. Think of videos like chocolate chip cookies, if its homemade, its soft, warm and chewy, and you won’t regret having them at all!
You understand your students the best: No one understands your students better than you do. You know them individually as well as collectively. And while making a video, you can consider all the tiny details that you know will help them connect better.
‘Making videos’ may sound like Steven Spielberg or James Cameron, but the truth is, you don’t have to be a professional to make a video for your online classroom. Its really as simple as pie. But if you are still jittery and nervous about taking the first step, I highly recommend you read the part I of the white paper- Creating Educational Videos for the Use in an Online Classroom: Screen-casts and Slideshows. For teachers already through the initial butterflies, I recommend the part II of the white paper: Videos, Animations and Presentations.
So, why wait, when you can get started today? Don’t forget to share your experiences of ‘video making’ with me in comments below.