Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sheet Videos [TTS]

You may be thinking to yourself, "What the heck are sheet videos?" Well to put it simply, they are videos created by using paper! (and maybe a few hand gestures and highlighting...)

 For example, lets say you are working with your students on a math concept like the Pythagorean theorem. Do you remember a2+b2=c2? Now you would create a simple assignment for your students that tells them to create a video of how to solve a problem using the Pythagorean theorem. The only materials you would need would be paper, maybe some different colored markers and of course a video camera. The students then could create a problem and solve it step by step on the sheets of paper you provided. Maybe have them rehearse a time or two and then instruct them to use the video camera to capture each of the steps used to solve the problem while they narrate and explain the process on paper to the camera. It's as simple as that! No acting is involved -no one can complain about being camera shy! Also, this is a one-take video - absolutely NO editing is needed! You can now take the finished product and put in on your class website, like Moodle or even YouTube or TeacherTube!

If you want to see some amazing and professionally done sheet video examples check out www.commoncraft.com. Also check out the example of a quick video some of our staff did to explain EHOVE's new cell phone policy to students:

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This is a great way to take a concept and make the process of learning or reviewing it fun, interesting, and memorable. Not only that, but when there are multiple groups doing the same concept, you then get many videos from different perspectives and points of view to help ensure that your class covers the concept thoroughly. Lastly, you now have these videos forever which means you can use them over and over!

So just a quick recap...

  1. Pick a topic/concept
  2. Create a script
  3. Paper it!
  4. Rehearse
  5. Record
  6. Upload the finished project to the Internet and share it with the world! 
Enjoy and remember, as Dave Jenkins puts it, you don't need to be the next Spielberg to do this!

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