MPS-supported resources and ideas for teacher-and-student video production
Canvas Studio allows you to screencast, use your webcam or upload videos to which you can add closed captions and/or interactive questions directly in Canvas. These features allow you to create dynamic, interactive, and accessible videos for directions, instruction, and assessment. These videos can be directly embedded into course content and analytics allow for assessing understanding, progress, and participation.
Canvas Studio also has a built-in video quizzing feature, providing teachers with a simple way to engage students using a video with questions to evaluate how well students are comprehending the video content.
Teachers aren't the only ones with access to Canvas Studio. Studio also is available to students and can be used by students to create screencasts or record webcam videos, which can be submitted as assignments in Canvas.
For information and resources that will help you get started with Canvas Studio, please see our Canvas Studio support page.
Windows 10 Video Editor
Built right into teacher and student computers is the Windows 10 Video Editor. Microsoft bills its Video Editor app as a "full-featured set of video creation and editing tools that tell your story with music, text, motion, and 3D effects." The Video Editor app can be accessed and opened on teacher and student Windows devices by typing "Video Editor" into the search area in the lower-left corner of one's taskbar. The Windows 10 Video Editor can edit video taken with the built-in camera on a district device, or can be used to edit video files that have been downloaded onto a device from elsewhere, such as Google Drive or Canvas Studio.
To learn about how to use the Video Editor, please see this page from Microsoft.
You can also watch this video about how to use the Windows 10 built-in video screen recorder (NOTE, this feature is no longer available on district devices) and Video Editor. The part of the video that is about how to use the Video Editor begins at approximately the 6 minute, 32 second mark in the video. You can access that specific part of the video by clicking here.
Ideas for Video Production in the Classroom
- Create screencast videos to show how to use a website/document, to narrate slideshows, to record a digital whiteboard lesson (such as working out a math problem on a Jamboard slide).
- Create webcam videos to introduce yourself to parents and new students; to show how use a tool in class, such as a new microscope in science; or how to do a certain skill, such as the proper form for a bench press in PE.
- Students can create screencasts to narrate a slideshow they created about something they learned or can create a screencast video narrating a reading passage, and showing the annotations and thoughts they had as they read the passage. They could also narrate how they would solve a math problem, working out the problem on a digital whiteboard.
- Students could record webcam videos at the end of a unit to reflect on their learning.
- Working collaboratively, students could each use their webcam on their computer to record a video clip in which they act out a certain scene from a play they read in English class. They could then upload those clips to a shared Google Drive folder and then splice them together to make one 'movie' out of the clips.