In this era of digital communication, education institutions are utilizing video production as a dynamic tool to impart knowledge in innovative ways. YouTube, which boasts over 2 billion monthly active users, has become the second-largest search engine, making it a popular platform for education organizations to tap into the power of videos. Educational video production has proven to be a quick, effective, and stimulating means of delivering new information or introducing new subjects to students. If you’re considering integrating video production into your educational curriculum, today our studio is going to give you some helpful and important tips on creating engaging and informative videos to enhance your teaching.
Why Produce Video for your Education Purposes
A picture is worth a thousand words but when it comes to education, videos can be worth a million. While reading a textbook or attending a lecture can be informative, there’s a unique value in seeing and hearing concepts in action. Moreover, let’s face it, watching video content is way more fun than staring at a wall of text. Videos work to visually demonstrate intricate ideas, provide real-life examples, and captivate students with engaging editing and on-screen animation. Additionally, with the ability to pause, rewind, and revisit key information, videos offer a convenient learning experience that your students can keep coming back to.
Types of Educational Videos
There are endless possibilities when it comes to education video production. You can make how-to instructional videos for a specific skill or a training video for the job or demonstrate a concept through animation. You could even come at this making a short documentary on a subject you’re teaching. Or you could record a lecture or live event to show students later on or in a different location. If you’d like some more ideas on what types of content you can create, give a search on YouTube and see what others are doing. It’s always a good place to look for inspiration for what video type you’d like for your instructional content.
Animation Makes It Fun
Animation is a fantastic tool to use in educational videos, making complex concepts easier to understand and digest through multimedia learning. Not only that, but it’s a fun and visually engaging way for educators to teach, something that even the most reluctant of students can appreciate. Whether you’ve produced an explainer for scientific processes, historical events, or even literary themes, animation can bring them to life with visuals in a way that just reading a textbook cannot. And if you take a humorous approach to your animation, you can make education even more enjoyable. Animation can make your educational video content much more creative and fun for everyone.
How to Create an Educational Video
Once you’ve decided that producing videos for your education is a must for the learning experience of your students, it may seem like an overwhelming process to actually produce your videos. It doesn’t have to be difficult if you spend some time planning it out. We’ll break it down for you to make your productions as simple as possible. As you make more videos, it will become easier and you’ll get a better feel for what you want to accomplish with them.
Set your objectives for your video
To ensure a successful educational video production, it’s crucial to establish specific objectives before filming begins. This involves determining the appropriate style, format, flow, and duration of the video, based on factors such as the target audience, desired message, and intended tone. Depending on what kind of videos you’re planning to produce, you can put together a storyboard or a script, or you can just make a detailed outline of the points you’d like to hit if you’re making more of a lecture style content. It will always work better to go into a video knowing what you’re going to say so you don’t come across as unorganized or unprofessional.
Use the right equipment for your educational video production
Contrary to popular belief, expensive equipment is not a requirement to get high-quality videos produced. However, it’s important to have adequate equipment that can deliver excellent image and sound quality. Investing in a DSLR camera is great if you can afford it but, depending on your project, you might be able to use a smart phone camera for your video. You can instead spend your money on buying or renting a light kit, a good microphone, and tripod to compliment the footage you get from your camera. Familiarize yourself with the equipment and practice using it before shooting to make sure you can get it to work for you and your production. Ensure that you charge your batteries, check your memory space, and keep extra parts and accessories readily available.
Keep your video simple and concise
For education purposes, lengthy and intricate videos tend to be ineffective. Instead, keep your videos concise, straightforward, and focused. Shorter lectures, explainer videos, and animation are ideal for capturing the attention of students with shorter attention spans. If you have a lot of information consider splitting it up into multiple videos. This way you can stop and discuss in between, and if you put them on YouTube you can make a nice playlist that connects them all. Try not to overload your videos with excessive text or complex animation that may confuse viewers. Utilize visual aids, graphics, illustrations, and animation to assist visual learners. When your students play video content they’ll look for the most visually appealing.
Be instructional but authentic
Authenticity and relatability are essential elements for engaging video production. Speak in a natural manner, stay true to yourself, and incorporate humor or personal stories to enhance your message’s memorability. Your students will appreciate the human aspect of your videos. Be conscious of your tone and body language as they can establish an emotional connection with your audience. The development of these skill will come with experience and practice and your created videos will continue to get better.
Make it interactive
To increase engagement with your educational video content, consider incorporating interactive features such as polls, quizzes, or pop-up windows. Annotations can also be useful for supplementing your content videos with additional information, commentary, or external references. Encourage students participation by enabling commenting and questions, and work to respond promptly. Interactive videos are an effective way to enhance engagement and facilitate learning. Your videos social engagement will only allow more people to see the educational videos you’ve created
Educational Video Production Can Be Easy
As you can see, video production is a powerful tool for delivering educational material in innovative and engaging ways. By following these tips, you can produce informative and enjoyable videos that can take your educational delivery to the next level and help your students learn faster. Keep it simple, be authentic, and be mindful of your audience’s needs and expectations with your content. Embrace the power of educational video and embark on a new journey of effective and impactful education.
Our Studio and Production Company with your Video Production
And if you need help along the way, be sure to contact BLARE Media. Our experienced production company is here to make sure you put out high-quality educational content that’s sure to stand out from the rest. Whether in studio or in your school, we can help you create the most effective educational videos to work for you. Together we’ll make some awesome educational videos and take learning experience to the next level!