The Educators Guide To Using Video In Teaching And Learning

The Educators Guide To Using Video In Teaching And Learning

  • 21/12/2021

The Educator’s Guide To Using Video In Teaching And Learning


Teachers and students are more dependent on video than ever in the era of distance learning and learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Video in education means a lot. Teachers can find and share videos made by someone else or educators creating their videos using camera screencasts and works. Teachers can host a video conference, and even students can create their videos-tutorials, reflections, stop motion, animations, and more.

Video Creation Techniques

Online tools are great, but just like students, you can also make your videos well using a professional video editor. Let's take a look at three common techniques for creating videos.

  1. The teachers can record videos while staying on the camera
  2. They can teach in front of the whiteboard
  3. They can make a green screen video - You can replace the actual background of the video with a digital background. To do this, you need to shoot in front of a green screen. This is either a screen specially purchased for video production or an ad hoc one.

Key Factors to Consider While Making a Video

When studying from a distance, it becomes essential for teachers to greet students and family at the beginning of the school week or, at normal times, at the beginning of the school year. At the end of the school week/year/semester, they can thank the class and family and look back on what went well.

  1. Location: Keep the background simple, but don't have to be completely exposed. Using a mobile phone does not blur the background as a professional camera does. Try shooting in a quiet place.
  2. Edit your videos well using a professional online video maker
  3. Audio: Mobile devices record video without problems. If possible, add an external microphone.
  4. Lighting: This is important! If possible, sit near the window or add a lamp. Aim for even natural light.
  5. Horizontal: If you are using the phone, turn it sideways. That way, people can fill the big picture when watching videos on their computer/device / TV.
  6. Tripod: If you use the phone, you need to be stable. You can increase stability using furniture and books if needed.
  7. Front camera: If you're alone, switch cameras, so you know where you are in the photo. If someone is shooting you, look at the lens.
  8. Clean the lens: Wipe off the dirty lens before you start.
  9. Lift the device: The device should be at eye level. If it is too high or too low, the proportions of the face will not look correct. You may need to support your device with books.
  10. Record: It's up to you whether you want to write what you want to say. A more natural approach might be to take some notes or outlines instead of writing or reading a script.

After you have recorded your education video, you must edit it to be comprehensively available for the students’ perfect understanding. You can

  • Add a text title or caption
  • Add music
  • Trim specific part of the video
  • Mix video and photos

Editing software enables students and teachers to be creative. Educators can create a video for the lesson, and students can respond as a video to some of the learning tasks. You can also collaborate on projects with like-minded people.

Let us look at the different kinds of videos that can help teachers and students:

Synchronous or Asynchronous videos

There are two main options for sharing videos with learners: synchronous or asynchronous.

Synchronized video (livestreaming / conference)

This means real-time streaming. This can be a live stream using YouTube, or it can be an interactive video conference using Zoom.


  1. Some sync videos can be recorded so that you can watch them again later. This is useful if students are unable to Livestream, have technical issues, or need to fix content.
  2. Some schools consider synchronized video to be an effective way to stay connected in class.
  3. Students can seek feedback, seek clarification, and get quick answers to their questions.
  4. Synchronized video conferences can be used in a variety of ways, including reunions, consultation hours, live breaks, and intensive study groups.


  1. Privacy issues can arise when students are viewed and recorded in sync video.
  2. There can be issues related to internet access if students have to attend long live meetings regularly.
  3. This can destroy internet usage in family homes and can be a major barrier in rural/poor areas.
  4. A passive participation in lecture-style video conferences can be time-consuming and can be used for more productive learning and projects.

Asynchronous video (recorded video/screencast)

This means recording a video that students can watch or review when they feel it. Your video can be a simple piece to camera or screencast. Screencasting is the process of annotating video recordings on your computer screen. Sometimes it's just audio, sometimes it's a video with a face.


  1. Asynchronous learning is more convenient for some students and allows them to study at the right time and place.
  2. Students can work at their own pace and modify the information as needed.


  1. Teachers may find it difficult to determine if a student has seen a video or is busy with work. If some concepts are not fully understood, it may take some time to request an explanation.
  2. It makes sense to use both synchronized video and asynchronous video at different times.

Common Tools for Synchronous (live) Video Conferencing

There are many tools you can use to connect with your students through video. This helps to unite the class. The four most popular video conference options for teachers and schools are:

  1. Google Hangouts Meet-An evolution of the classic Hangouts that is part of GSuite.
  2. Zoom-Robust software is designed specifically for video conferencing.
  3. Webex-Cisco video conferencing, online conferencing, screen sharing, and webinar tools.
  4. Microsoft Teams-A communication and collaboration platform that is part of Office 365.
  5. Millioncenters – Live Classes – Online Live Classes Interactive platforms for teachers to conduct classes.

These tools enable all video conferences with screen sharing capabilities.

Share your videos

When it comes to video sharing, you have several options. Add videos to online hosting sites, Google Drive, cloud service, or social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. After uploading your video to any of these services, you can embed the video or share the link on your blog, website, or email.

Whenever you upload an educational video to a platform such as YouTube or social media, read the school district guidelines for advice and carefully select your privacy settings.


The creation of videos by teachers is part of most students' daily lives and can be an important tool in the distance learning curriculum. As educators, you can create videos for students if you can't teach your students face-to-face.

Personalized video maybe your best option, which means that students can learn some content outside of class hours, often through videos, podcasts, or reading. This leaves the campus time for more detailed work, discussions, and projects.



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