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Quality Teaching through Online Videos in Four Easy Ways

Challenges of K-12 Education

The ‘Netflixization’ of academia has increasingly come to denote the vast shift of academic learning—modules, lectures, tests and library resources– to virtual platforms. Although Netflixization has thrown pertinent questions about the value of education via online portals, teaching through online videos has proven to be the only sustainable alternative to classroom learning during pandemic.

Outside classrooms or dedicated auditoriums, the art of recording educational content for mass dissemination is simple and can be dome from anywhere. A laptop with built-in camera and microphone and a video recording software can make all the difference to your teaching hours.

Format PowePoint Slides

Lecture slides are best created in advance to maximize student engagement. It helps prior edit of unnecessary content to increase its lucidity and effectiveness. The free personalized, educational templates are also helpful in harping on the key points of the lecture.

Optimize Recording Environment

A good recording environment is conducive to learning where students will be able to impart maximize concentration. Here are the few nitty-gritty include fixing the backlights, switching off equipment that could generate noises even if it is a low hum and hiding the clutter from background. Experts also recommend using external microphone to improve the audio qualities in case the speaker is using whiteboard or is far from the microphone.

        —Record a Dummy Video

If you are starting new or willing to experiment with online classes, test its viability first by recording a dummy video. The sound, lighting and video quality should be well synchronized and make for an engaging session.

Use a Lecture Capture App

The apps are responsible to capture and edit high quality, readily available videos to communicate your ideas and emphasize the main points hassle-free. These precious lessons via apps could be shared by links that include expiration dates and high encryption. Cloud-based apps make sharing via links easy with additional features to help you record who has viewed the sessions. In some cases, students get to preview previous lessons for reference purposes. These apps help students to watch videos anywhere and on any device. Here is a list of the best apps to help you on the go-

  • CloudApp
  • SnangIt
  • ScreenFlow
  • GoPlay
  • Camtasia

Share the Content

There are exclusive video sharing platforms that come free of costs. Vimeo is a prime example where you can choose from additional social sharing features. Even with the basic free plan, you can regularly update videos, however, without having access to edit its privacy or availing the app’s customer support facilities. Besides YouTube, other top video sharing channels are Dailymotion which helps you earn from the featured videos. Dailymotion allows 96 uploads per day with easy options to add social media links tags, descriptions, titles and comments for easy interaction with students. Jetpack allows you greater liberty to optimize videos, enjoy automated content sharing options and view how many visitors are daily viewing the content. Last but not the least, YouTube is amazing for free video uploads, getting sponsorships, generating backlinks and easy sharing via social media apps.

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