Create Educational Videos in 5 Easy Steps

Are you curious about creating your own videos? A little nervous? Use these five steps to get started.

1. Use other teachers' videos. Don't reinvent the wheel. Librarians are curators. Use other educators' video content to get started or supplement your own. A few of the sites with teacher-created content includes YouTube, Kahn Academy YouTube, TeacherTube, and Edutopia.

2. Prepare your PC, laptop, or device. First, update your operating system and internet browsers. Have multiple internet browsers installed, because some apps work better on specific browsers than others. You may need to switch back and forth between browsers.

PRO TIP: Commonly used browsers are Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge.

3. Prepare your lesson materials. Start with whatever apps you are comfortable using for teaching. Are you a PowerPoint expert? Create slides and add voiceover. Do you love Google Docs? Use them!

Do you need access to FREE apps to create lesson materials? Microsoft Office and Google have you covered! offers all of the regularly used Office products: PowerPoint, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, One Drive, and Skype. Google also has an impressive suite of easy-to-use products: Docs, Hangouts, Blogger, Sheets, Google Drive, Classroom, and Slides that you can use to create your content.

Use a desktop recording app. There are many free or low-cost options. Search for "the best free or low-cost screen recorders" to choose what would work best.

Wondering what to say when recording? How do you usually greet your students? Say that. The routine will help bridge the gap between face-to-face teaching and video teaching. If you have a long lesson planned, break it up into 2-3-minute chunks. It’s easier for young children to learn in smaller videos.

4. Prepare your environment. It is crucial to create an oasis of calm. Choose an area and time that you can record uninterrupted.

Have you thought about your visual aesthetics? Check your background and your lighting. Harsh lighting from behind is unflattering and can obscure your face.

5. Prepare Yourself. Prepare what you want to say, practice it, and then record your lesson. Wing it a bit; you will sound more natural. Your students/storytime kids miss you! Finally, dress for success. Not only is it essential to look professional, but you’ll also feel more confident!

PRO TIP: Remember to relax. Mistakes are part of the learning process, and that is OK.

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