Instructional Video

Instruction for Educational Video

Educational Video Activity 1: Instructional or Inspirational Video

Create a brief video (usually < 15 minutes) that instructs on a topic in your content area, or a topic that reflects your philosophy on education or educational technology. This is often a group activity. NOTE: Your video must be less than 15 minutes and less than 128 MB in order to be uploaded on to YouTube.

  1. Begin by locate photos and video clips for your movie.
    1. Decide if you will create a:
      • Standard Video - Aspect Ratio: 4:3 = 640x480 or 800x600 or 1024x768… pixels.
      • Widescreen Video - Aspect Ratio: 16:9 = 640x360 or 800x450 or 1024x576… pixels.

    2. Locate relevant photos that fit your topic and save them in an images folder.
      The most important criteria is to find photos that clearly explain your topic. Ideally these photos, will be the highest fidelity photos greatest number of pixels and the same aspect ratio of your video. If photos are not the same aspect ratio you should crop them. Generally it is not a good idea to make an unconstrained size change where an images height is changed while the width remain the same. This will distort the image and reduce the quality.

    3. Locate relevant short video clips on the internet that are appropriate for use in an educational setting. Use one of the converter programs (e.g. keepvid, convert tube, zamzar) to download a video someone else has created with relevant content and save to a video folder.

    4. If narration is appropriate write and proof the narration and record the audio for your narration in advance.

  2. Create a storyboard for your video -- wikis are good for this.
    1. If you haven't already done so, create your own account and wiki. Go to Create an account and rememeber your username and password.
    2. Open your account, select the Home tab and below the Join a Workspace box select "Create a new workspace" and create a new education workspace possibly using all or part of your name as the url.
    3. Make a link on your wiki's home page to a new page called My (name of your video) Video Storyboard.
    4. Review Creating Storyboards in a Wiki and create your Video Storyboard page.
    5. Paste your narrative, video clips, photos and audio files in your storybaord.
    6. For further references on storborads see this wiki: Storyboards.

  3. Practice developing a simple movie using the short practice video files below.
    1. Download Practice videos: Taiwanese Culture (zip) | KU Basketball (zip)
    2. Create a New Project: Open iMovie and Under File select New Project. Name the project.
    3. Create a New Event: Open iMovie and Under File select Create new Event. Name the event.
    4. In iMovie Under File select Import Movies. Now import the the segments of the practice files to your project.
    5. Learn more about the features and functions of iMovie by going to Atomic Learning iMovie tutorial.

  4. Post your video on, or create a podcast.
    1. Click on sign up, if you don't have a youtube account.
    2. Enter the information for Youtube.
    3. Reply to the email that Youtube sent, and sign in.
    4. Upload your video by clicking upload on the right up corner.
    5. Choose your file by clicking video file.
    6. Click choose file and upload the file.
    7. Give the file a title, description, tags, privacy setting, etc. and save changes.
    8. Go to my videos.

Educational Video Activity 2: Media Playlists for Learning

Create one or more media playlists to assist students in learning a concept(s) for your class. This will essentially be a list of videos that center on understanding a concept that is relevant for your teaching. For example, if you are a Science teacher you might one to create a playlist of videos on Ecosystems. If you are a language teacher you might create a playlist on conjugating verbs, or if you are a history teacher you night create a playlist on the building of the transcontinental railroad. Each playlist should included a prioritized list (most important video at top) that includes at least 5 videos

  1. Begin by locating video clips that are designed to help learn about a topic.

  2. Create a Media Playlist(s) for Learning on YouTube
    1. Login to your Google Account and go to:
    2. Click on My Channel top of left column.
    3. Click Playlist in top horizontal navigation.
    4. Create a New Playlist. Give the playlist the name of the topic that you will be teaching.
    5. Go to your Playlist and add videos. After you have searched for a video that is relevant to your topic copy the URL of the video and click "Add Videos", paste the URL and then click on the video you selected.
    6. Click add video at the bottom of the page.
    7. Use the move botton to put the most important video at the top of the list
    8. Set your playlist to public if you prefer.

ELPS 302 Ed Technology in Secondary Education | KU Ed Tech Programs