Kirsten talks about the importance of YouTube for online teachers a lot these days. Of course not everyone of you will feel comfortable in front of a camera or maybe you simply don’t know how to start, e.g. what tools you might need to create a video.
Well, the good news is that YouTube recently partnered with three video creating tools which make it really easy even for absolute beginners in video editing or animation to create stunning videos. The bad news, there are no excuses anymore to not start an education series on YouTube.
There are basically three types of videos that work best.
- You as a teacher explain some rules like grammar or math.
- Simple vocabulary videos, flashcard style.
- Short stories with either grammar or vocabulary explanation.
One of the first videos I edited for Kirsten’s Deutsch Happen channel in May 2008 was based on pictures. The backgrounds are simply pictures from the public domain, something like the stage for the two characters. Those were drawn by Kirsten in the Common Craft Style, then scanned and edited on the backgrounds. The script was then recorded and combined with the pictures using the good old Windows Movie Maker.
Although the process is pretty basic you need of course a basic understanding of graphic, video and sound editing tools to create such a video.
The other option is of course the classic one, using either your webcam or any other video camera to film yourself and then a video editing tool like Windows Movie Maker to edit.
But, as I said at the beginning, now you have the possibility to pick one of three different video creation tools directly on the YouTube platform.
All you have to do is log in to your YouTube account and then go to http://youtube.com/create – You will see three different tools to create videos.
GoAnimate is a tools which enables you to create cartoons. The characters can be modified to your needs, animated, set in different scenarios. For the voices you can either use an inbuilt text-to-speech tool or, even better, record your own voice. This is of course even better if you can get your friends, family or colleagues to play the different roles. It’s basically your own little Disney / Pixar studio.
Xtranormal Movie Maker
Basically the same as for GoAnimate applies to Xtranormal. The scenes here are a bit more static than in GoAnimate but you can switch camera angles to make them more vivid.
Stupeflix will animate pictures and videos into a great looking video slide show. This is great for vocabulary learning videos, showing a picture of the vocabulary and then adding the text in the description.
There you have it. If I only had those tools back in 2008 ;). Now, what you are waiting for? I want to see some videos!