How do I create a video submission and what program should I use for creating a video?

Some projects include a video presentation. This document outlines the expectations and steps for creating a video presentation for submission.

Students do not need complicated video equipment or editing skills for completing project requirements. Low resolution and no editing are acceptable, even preferable, as long as the video includes the required performances as outlined in the rubric. 

Students have 2 options for creating videos. Students are responsible for choosing the option that will best fit the project requirements.

Option 1: Video recording of the student. (This option will likely be the best for most projects.) Students record themselves giving a speech or making a presentation or other similar activity that requires the student actually being in the video.

Option 2: Creating a screencast showing the student completing an action, e.g. navigating a web site or creating a spreadsheet. This option will work for projects that require demonstration of a skill but don’t necessarily require that the student personally be in the video.

  1. To create a video with the student in it, cell phone camcorders or small point and shoot cameras with a video option work best because they have a lower resolution. Students can also use the webcam on their laptop. Video files can get very big, so it is best to use a low resolution.
  2. The most effective way to upload a video submission is to post it to a video web site like YouTube. YouTube videos can be private or open only to those who have the URL, meaning they aren’t indexed in the YouTube search engine. They can also be public. Patten recommends that students use the “open only to those who have the URL” option. If students are more comfortable with the private setting, this is acceptable, but they will need to submit a username and password for the evaluator to use in order to access the video for evaluation.
  3. Most cell phones with video cameras have an option for sharing videos through YouTube or other.  Those that do not will require a cable for loading the video on to the computer and then uploading it to a video web site. This will be true for point and shoot cameras also. To learn how to load a video through a cable on to a computer students will have to refer to their instruction manual because this varies by model of phone or camera.
  4. Jing is a free download for creating screencasts. The limitation to the Jing open source version is that you can only create screencasts in 5-minute segments. It is perfectly acceptable to split the presentation into segments, but students will need to remember to submit all of the segments for evaluation. The easiest way to share Jing screencast is through the screencast web site. Students can select “share via screencast” and then copy the URL and paste into a document for submission in the student portal.


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