Here are some links to videos I made, one for teachers, two for students.
Classkick: Support video
(My first attempt included the rookie error of not turning on my mic! See main advice earlier regarding training)
I can’t show you real use as it has students work (and I don’t have time to make a new video right now. Remind me in a few days’ time if wanted). This video is something I made quickly to try to encourage colleagues who were curious about it. I messed up the audio, which is the sort of thing that people do. Video is hard.
I’ve decided that I need to keep the videos short so I can see the students progressing. A big frustration with this learning is that students are not always that studious. Some like to register then disappear to play games or whatever, so having a system that lets you verify active participation is valuable. Classkick can do that, as can Zoom or Chat. Apart from that, students really liked how I was able to give them individual support, or their friends could also respond to requests for help. I really like how I can quickly go through everyone’s page 5 to check answers, rather than going to Ann, scroll to page 5, go to Bee, scroll to page 5, etc. I can have a quick auto marking cloze exercise to check immediate comprehension and longer questions for me to check. Works best on an inkable device, though.
YouTube: Exemplar Answer
Edit: these are not just answers usually, I tend to teach the theory or exam technique a bit too.
These seemed very popular, with a couple of follow up videos added based on requests. They are quick to make and students just need to watch ones they struggle on, and can go over it multiple times. It worked especially well when students asked me follow up questions.
Some students really liked these. I think the fact that they knew I spent time doing them to help them learn I’m this difficult time made a difference for some of them, rather than me simply throwing a bunch of YouTube videos at them. They are not great videos, otherwise.
My presentations were all in Keynote, but I wanted a more uniform experience for all (my main concern being my use of Open Dyslexic font, although as we use a lot of Google at school there are other benefits too such as embedding them in the Physics Site etc). So I converted them to Google Slides and uploaded any of my animation videos to YouTube. I chose the Lexend font, which purports to be good but I don’t know; it’s available in the ‘More Fonts’ fonts menu. Still, during this period it’s possibly my best choice as I don’t want to require that students install a particular font just for my presentations.
My problems were that my teaching style is to use the whiteboard a lot and interact with the students. I describe how I solved the first problem to my satisfaction, but the second problem is ongoing.
For the recording I have a Scarlett pre amp already with a mic.
I put Google Slides on the left 2/3 of the screen. When open, rather than clicking on Present, change the end of the URL after the final / to ‘preview’ and you get the slide show without the annoying controls
popping up all the time. If there are any websites I want to show (eg Phet simulations) I preload those.
I open GoodNotes on my iPad in portrait mode upside down so I don’t accidentally press the Home button. This is connected via USB to my Mac. I open Quicktime and go to record a movie, selecting the iPad, but I don’t record.
Instead, I use the native screen capture to select an area that includes both the Slides and GoodNotes, and get going.
When I first tried recording I spent 4 hours getting nothing I was happy with. I then decided that was helping no one, so I convinced myself that god was better than perfect and now I just record them in one take, wats and all. Unless I stumble in the first minute. This avoids the extra step of importing into Final Cut, editing, sending to compressor to export. Good enough.
My last video was done like others with the air conditioning off. My MBP got so noisy I’m wondering whether to buy a denoise app or re-record!
Other thoughts on Zoom, which I didn’t take to though others did: if you are at home and the students are at home and you are doing a video conference, there are child protection issues to be considered. Same with Google Chat, which appears to allow students to control whether chat history is kept. With many of these services there’s GDPR and copyright to consider too.