Making an Instructional Video For the First Time

A couple weeks ago our class discussed the flipped classroom method of teaching. With this flipped method of teaching the traditional roles of learning in the classroom and completing homework at home, is reversed.  Instead, short instructional videos are viewed outside the classroom before the lesson and class time is devoted to discussion, projects, and the “homework.”

After discussing the pros and cons of the flipped classroom method, our instructor gave the class an assignment to find an article on instructional video in the classroom.  Students shared various articles on the topic and a discussion was generated.  In addition, our class was to perform another article search in regards to online learning.  Once again, the class shared their search results and a discussion generated many questions and comments. The combination of all three of these topics built up and played a role in our major project of the semester, an instructional video.

Groups up to four people were formed and our group decided to create a video geared towards first grade students.  We would address the California Standard for history/social studies for 1st grade.  The standard includes student’s relation to the city, state, country, and continent, as well as identifying the oceans of the world and identifying cardinal direction.  Our group decided to create a video on the seven continents of the world, five major oceans of the world, and briefly discuss cardinal direction.  During the collaboration process one of our team members filled out our video project pitch, which is a brief summary of what our video is intended to be.  We were able to further describe our video’s vision in the video project storyboard.  This outlined our scenes and what we visualized for audio, narration, props and such.

Our goal was to keep the video engaging and upbeat while still remaining instructional.  The following links will include our groups pitch and storyboard.

Video Project Pitch

Video Project Storyboard

Group filming took place at a really neat location, compliments of our instructor, called Mighty Awesome.  We decided to all try a green screen effect because it sounded fun and it was new to all of us.  Editing took place at CSUSM using iMovie and each team member then edited the group footage to their liking.  The following video is my edition of our group video.  I hope you enjoy watching our very first instructional video!

Please take a moment to take a short quiz on the content that was just addressed in the video.  Click on the following link to access the form or

Continents, Oceans, and Direction Quiz

When the instructional video was completed, I was prompted to reflect on how the process pertained to the ISTE standards for teachers.  I was able to identify 4 of the 5 standards that were applied during this project.  I believe I improved and gained experience in the following ISTE standards:

  1. Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity
  2. Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
  3. Model digital age work and learning
  4. Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility

I am very proud of myself during this process and how far I have come from the beginning of this course.  I used to describe myself as technologically illiterate.  However, I have utilized tech tools and even constructed an instructional video and I do not consider myself illiterate anymore…just challenged.

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” ~ Roger Crawford


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