How to Create Engaging Educational Videos

10 tips and tricks for creating engaging educational videos for in person classrooms or virtual environments! Come learn from others and access the outbound resources offered!

1. Avoid over doing it. Mass amounts of information can overwhelm a student, and online they’re more likely to zone out with an overload of content.


2. Remember to include wait time. Students need time to process what is being said/asked of them in the video. Students are able to pause at any point, offering this freedom, but if a student were to play through completely, it’s smart to include a pause in your recording as well.


3. Keep it short and to the point (2 – 5 minutes, max 10). This goes hand in hand with the overload of information with students. Short videos are able to convey the same message in a more concise and easy to understand way.


4. Incorporating physical movements (TPR) can help students remember different facts easier. Recalling information with the physical movement can help trigger those memories in the future.


5. Promote participation. While videos are sometimes seen as a one way street, platforms such as Flipgrid allow students and teachers to all upload their own video responses / discussion answers. This is a great way to include whole class answers and participation while also including great engaging videos.


6. Prepare well, and then wing it! Don’t read off a script or try to say exactly what you planned out for the video. Instead, talk naturally and as if you were trying to teach a friend / talk to a student in person.

7. Smile! Student’s will be seeing your face up close and can pause multiple times. Make it seem like you’re happy to be there and ready to learn. Look at ‘students’ and seem engaged even through a camera lens. 

8. Ask for help and feedback. Offer students a way to communicate their feelings toward the video and or information received / lacking. Allowing students to give feedback and their personal opinions can help students feel valid and respected in class and can help drive discussion / further classroom instruction in the right direction.

9. Understand your schools course curriculum and implementation. Creating videos can be intimidating. By using the school / state set standards, it’s simple to see common themes and connections that can be created through several academic areas.

10. Prepare supplemental materials / follow along guides. This is an important factor in keeping students engaged while watching the videos. It will also help keep their mind on track fully through the activity and can help guide their thinking in an individual learning environment.

Check out some more resources below:

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