Digital Leader Academy Plus – creating screen capture video

A few weeks ago I worked with a group of schools from the Catholic School’s Partnership delivering day 2 of the Digital Leader Academy Plus programme.

The first part of the session was given to the children to demonstrate how they had developed their presentation design and delivery skills from the first session and I have to say all presentations were very good. They had taken on board the presentation design tips we discussed and presented with much more confidence and without reading directly from the presentation!

The rest of the session was spent discussing how today we often teach ourselves new skills by watching tutorial videos on sites such as YouTube and we discussed what made a good tutorial video. This included ensuring it was not too long (ideally 2 – 3 minutes), that the instructions were spoken clearly and that the whole pace of the video was suitable for the targeted audience. The children installed Screencastify into Google Chrome and logged in using accounts set up for them. It then took us a few minutes to configure the microphone and video and get the angle of the video correct. An important aspect of creating tutorial videos is to practice exactly what you are going to capture so that when you record it there is less chance of errors. We decided to create a video showing children how they can access images that had been labelled for reuse and discussed the importance of copyright. The children all created videos that were clear and well organised. I then introduced the children to personalising the videos by adding a video of themselves in the corner of the video so the person watching the video could relate to the creator. We also discussed several Online Safety issues around this including getting permission from parents before sharing any videos online and ensuring they did not share any personal information about themselves or others in the video. We recreated the videos using the webcam footage of ourselves and reviewed them with each other.

Creating these video tutorials was fun and enabled the pupils to break down the learning they were modelling into clear steps but the whole purpose of creating these videos is to share them with others. Again we reiterated the Online Safety concerns around this and discussed some of the ways you can use YouTube to do this more safely such as disabling comments.  Screencastify allows the videos created to be uploaded to Google Drive and from here we looked at how these can be shared through a URL and how to change the permissions for access to the videos, we discussed the fact that even through a private link the video could be shared wider than the audience we had intended. Once we had a URL that was accessible to our audience we discussed where we might put it and suggestions include the school website, through school social media and the school blog. We talked about making tutorial videos about curriculum subjects and I modelled using the Screencastify to capture content created on an IWB or touchscreen to help children with maths, English and other subjects. We though the easiest way to give the children access to this content was through a QRcode and so the children create QRcodes linked to there videos and we used them to access each others videos on an iPad.

The children were fantastic throughout the session and I was impressed with their ability to learn some advanced techniques and apply them effectively.

Well done!!

Paul Scott

Curriculum Innovation manager working strategically with local, regional and national partners ensuring the service’s provision continually evolves to meet the needs of schools, the local community and businesses.

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