The school year has gotten off to a great start for me. I can say that now that I’m a month into it. As I have a technology-based classroom, I decided to use that technology and create a video demonstration for my 4th-grade students. My purpose was to have an easy way to teach kids some of the most commonly used routines in our classroom. The result? It was a great success…after I worked a few kinks out of the process!
Trying Something New
As I was preparing my classroom for back-to-school, I wanted to try something. Could I make a video using my iPhone 5s that demonstrated for my students a classroom routine? Making the video wasn’t a concern. I was more interested in the sound and picture quality – would it live up to my expectations? Even more importantly, would it be easy to do? Time was not something I had in abundance one week before the start of school.
One Take Wonder
I asked a former student to help me make a video demonstration. As she had been in my class previously, and helped me during summer school, she was very familiar with the routine I wanted her to demonstrate – how to turn our student computers on and off. We discussed in advance a simple “script” and what I wanted to include in the video demonstration. After that, it was a simple matter of pressing a button. I’m pleased to say with made both videos in one take each. 🙂
Upside Down Viewing
Here’s where experience would have helped me. I didn’t know that my iPhone would automatically adjust the orientation of the video. So…as I rotated my camera from portrait to landscape, and the image started to display upside down! I headed straight to my go-to source for all wisdom – YouTube. Yep. Just about any problem you have can be solved by finding a video on YouTube. My mom once fixed my car by watching a YouTube video! I found a great video just under 3 minutes that explained precisely how to fix the orientation on my video demonstration. Within 10 minutes, everything was right-side-up, and I was ready to go! Watch the video below to see how I fixed it.
Video Demonstration Success
On the first day of school, I used my two video demonstrations with my students. I chose those two routines because my students’ computers are different from my laptop, for one thing. Also, in a room full of 25 students, it would have been hard for them all to see a physical demonstration as quickly as a video version. I would consider making more video demonstrations in the future!