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, 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 exactly 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 easily as a video version. I would definitely consider making more video demonstrations in the future!