Trying to stimulate some hungry minds in your classroom? Consider making your own teaching video to add to your educational arsenal!
Sites like Lynda, Skillshare, and Udemy are popular sites for e-learning videos for adults. But more frequently, schools are encouraging the use of learning videos for kids. One study found that 46% of teachers have made at least one video lesson for their classroom. Teaching videos are a fun and easy way to keep kids engaged in and out of school hours, and you can make them for free with Biteable.
If you’re new to making videos, not to worry: with Biteable’s free, customizable templates, plus a pinch of inspiration from the videos for teachers below, you’ll be making awesome teaching videos in no time.
What goes into a good teaching video?
To start, you don’t want your audience nodding off during your video, so keep it short. Research has shown that the average attention span lasts anywhere from 7 to 15 minutes, but some experts suggest keeping it even shorter — no longer than 10 minutes, if possible. If you’re trying to convey an entire hour-long lecture on video, and it’s all absolutely vital information, break it up into shorter, more manageable videos.
It helps to prepare bullet points before making your video, much like creating a lesson plan, and use on-screen text and visuals to punctuate the important points. Write your script in a friendly, conversational tone. Your students may be taking notes during the video, so make it easy to follow.
A final note about visuals: while many students are able to retain information simply from hearing it, others are more visual learners. Provide a transcript of your teaching video or include captions to help these students keep up. Kids learn at all different speeds, and your video should cater to all learning styles. While it’s often hard to integrate an interactive component to online videos, try to link your teaching video to a discussion board or a place for students to leave questions.
Examples of good teaching videos
Looking for inspiration? The Teaching Channel has everything you need to get started. In this online community, teachers can watch, share, and learn new techniques to create the best possible content for students. If you’re starting a course from scratch, Udemy also has a great guide for where to start. Take a look at these videos for teachers for a little extra background!
The Wingman: Engaging Reluctant Students
This video from the Teaching Channel is crafted for teachers, rather than students, but follows much of the best practices you might use in your own videos. Subtitles to help visual learners, while the length makes it easy to stay engaged from beginning to end. The video splices a person speaking with scenes from the classroom and some text elements in a creative and entertaining way.
Logo Design with Draplin
This intro video to a Skillshare logo design course perfectly shows the conversational speaking style that makes teaching videos successful. Interspersed with examples of logos created by the teacher, Logo Design delivers a taste of what to expect in the course — and a style that works for teachers no matter what the topic.
Objective-C Essential Training
One of the most popular courses on Lynda doesn’t have a lot of flash or graphics to it. This Objective-C training video series is the epitome of breaking down a complex topic with straightforward, clear visuals. Luckily, it’s accompanied by a transcript and exercise files to help make the topic easily navigable.
How to make a teaching video
Biteable offers tons of amazing, easily customizable, free video templates for you to start creating your own e-learning video. Here are a few of our teaching video templates.
Teaching with infographics
Instead of putting your face on the screen, consider using a Biteable infographic template. It’s the perfect middle ground between a PowerPoint presentation and a lecture. The infographic style helps break down complex topics visually, but with more action than a simple slideshow. You can add narration and your own style to the video without relying on a talking head to maintain your students’ attention.
Teaching with animation
Learning videos for kids are a little trickier than videos for adults. Templates with animation work particularly well for the younger students in your classroom. The characters capture the attention of little ones and make them feel like they’re watching a fun cartoon show rather than doing school work!
Teaching with live action footage
Consider these video templates if you’re planning on hosting a whole course online. With a bit of customization, these templates could be a great intro. Help students find your discussion board, guide them to sign up for contact hours, or submit work online with a short video made with either of these templates. You can even upload your own footage if you like!
No matter which template you choose, Biteable is free, fast, and easy to use. Add a little spice to your syllabus with some flashy video graphics today!