Shooting Video


woman holding camera

There are many ways to shoot a video of yourself or your students. You can use your phone, mobile device like an iPad, document camera, digital camera or a video camera. 


1. Choose a device to shoot a video of yourself

2. Choose one or two things you want your audience to learn (keep it simple).

There are times that you will spontaneously pick up your camera and record an event, but to have a quality video recording you will want to plan ahead. 

3. It is best to always create an outline or a script for the video. Here is a storyboard template to use or you can use one of your own choosing. 

4. You will want to make sure the video is less than 5 minutes long or broken up into segments. Research has shown that students lose focus if the video is too long. Google did some recent research that the ideal video is 3.5 minutes long.

5. If you have access to an iPad there is a free teleprompter app which is easy to use. You have to type in your own script, but you can adjust the font and speed. 

6. Practice your script aloud!

7. Decide whether you want to shoot a video of yourself or use a videographer. 

8. After you have made your recording you may want to edit it first especially if you would like to break it into segments. Here are two great choices for teachers. 

a. Upload and edit videos within YouTube using its editing feature.  With the editor, you can trim and combine videos, add photos, titles, text, audio, effects, and more.  The editor has a convenient resource for music and videos licensed under Creative Commons.  Visit the YouTube Video Editor help page or watch this tutorial to get you started.

b. WeVideo is another option. It has a Free option that allows you to upload 5 minutes a month up to 1GB. There is an educator version that is $249.00 a year which allows students to create videos in a private COPPA-compliant environment monitored by a teacher. Free Personal accounts do not include collaborative features, administrator security control or advanced editing tools like green screen, screen recording and slow motion. For assistance with WeVideo check out their tutorials

 9. Finally you need to store it in the Cloud for easy access by your students. You will want to check with your Tech Director to determine if the resource you choose is accessible to your students. Here are some popular choices. 

a.  Youtube
b.  Schooltube
c.  Teachertube
d.  Vimeo

10. Share your storyboard and video url with your instructor.  We hope you had a fun time creating your video!

Go to the Final Assignment once you have completed all the steps in this section. 



Addressing the ISTE Standards•T:

  1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity a,b,c,d;
  2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments a,b,c;
  3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning a,c,d;
  4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility b
  5.  Engage in Professional Growth and leadership c


  1. Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback;
  2. Cues, Questions, and Advance Organizers;
  3. Summarizing & Notetaking;
  4. Assigning Homework and Practice