“Animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.” – Walt Disney
Research indicates that one of the most effective ways students learn is by teaching others. In my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom, students are sent on a mission to instruct others by creating their own video tutorials. Other ways students can teach others is by creating explainer videos (sometimes called One Take Videos), Do It Yourself (DIY) videos, or How-To Videos. These videos help students visualize and explain in their own words their understanding of the topic. Additionally, these videos save you time if you are flipping instruction and need a library of instructional videos. No need for you to create the videos. Your students will have a much valuable learning experience if they create their own. Future students can learn with these videos and create others to demonstrate the same concepts. Below are some tips, web tools, and resources to get your students started.
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Process and Resources
First show students examples of the type of video they will produce. Find several examples in the list below:
Students choose a topic for their explainer, DIY, or instructional videos. These videos should be no longer than 3 minutes and some can be as short as six seconds.
Give students time to write the scripts for their videos and storyboard them.
Students will need time to gather their props or create illustrations for their videos if this is the option you choose.
Check out this video showing a group of students behind the scenes creating their Common Craft videos.
A better option is to choose a web tool or app with a template to create their videos quickly. This will cut down the amount of time students spend completing the task.
Suggested free web tools with templates- My Simple Show, Biteable, Powtoon, Wideo, RenderForest, Moovly, Raw Shorts, and WeVideo.
Suggested free web apps- create how-to videos with the Darby iOS app, Get-Puppet iOS app, Explain Everything iOS/Android app, Lensoo iOS/Android app, Show Me iOS/Android app, and Educreations iOS app.
Students produce their videos and get their peers to view them, complete the tasks, and provide feedback.
Challenge: Get your students started creating their own instructional videos using any of these resources or ideas!
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