In my last blog post I told you to stay tuned for my first interactive video….well
Here it is: Parent Information Video
(here is a low res. link if other isn’t working well Low Res. Link)
The video was a way for me to tell my parents about what the year will look like in my Flipped Classroom. Rather than doing an email or a newsletter I elected to create a video. As I learned the hard way with my initial flip videos if they are not short and to the point you can lose the viewer. I tried to keep it short and also bring some interactivity to it to personalize the experience.
I must admit while I was interested in making a video for my student’s parents I was more interested in seeing how the tools in Camtasia could help me make the video interactive. I was impressed with how easy it was to make callouts and use those callout to direct the viewers to links or other parts in the video. I liked how the videos can pause (a real pause rather than what youtube does) and also how at the end of a clip it can automatically go to a menu screen, exactly what I was looking for!
So where to next?
My hope it is to try to take the interactivity I used in my parent video and apply to a traditional Flipped Classroom instructional video. As I said in my last blog post I think adding interactivity to flip videos will make them more engaging and personal for my students. Now that I have played around with some of the bells and whistles in Camtasia I hope to produce a best practice lesson video of sorts……I plan to spend much longer than I normally would on a video but try to really think about the finer points that I just didn’t have time for in my first year flipping………How can this video help a strong student and a weak student? How can I differentiate the instruction as the video progresses? How can my students guide the video in the direction of their choice? How can I add inquiry? How can I make them shorter?
Before I sign off I must thank Doug Gray (@chatterdoug) and Merle Ross (@merleross51) from the McWilliams Education Center here at School District #23 in Kelowna, BC. Great ideas, help with production, editing, and finally even help hosting my video. Great guys!!! In addition, a big thanks once again the fine team at TechSmith who solved my interactivity problems quickly and gave me a lot of great feedback and suggestions along the way.