Useful Video Lessons – Design Your Own!

It’s always fun to go exploring the Net for useful resources and that’s just what I did this morning.   Kathy Shrock’s Home Page "Shedding Light on Web 2.0" was my first stop on my morning tour.   Hmmm… lots of interesting "stuff" here.   Let’s check out the Google Video Lessons — that looks interesting since we all love integrating useful unitedstreaming videoclips in our instruction.

Interesting… being a former LMC Director (who enjoys surfing the net for ed. resources) I take a close look at the URLs for the hits listed… gee, most of the first 2 pages of hits when you search Google Video using lesson plans as your keywords are from

I wonder who produces these resources, so I usually check out the About Us or Contact Us information on pages I am visiting.  Afterall, we are curious beings, us humans, and we like to know the "who" behind the computer screen.  Librarians call this the "authority" check (See this site for helpful checklist when reviewing web sites).      

Note:  I had trouble loading the Contacts page and other pages but I clicked on the yellow yield symbol in the status bar at the bottom of my screen and said OK to the error message… and was able to finally load the home page. 

Being curious about the videos I took a look at the Windows XP Computer Lesson Plans listed in the Computer Training Lesson Plans… 

Print Images using the Print Wizard Lesson Plan
Copy Photos & Images between Folders Computer Lesson Plan

The narrator has a definite accent and nice narration style – the developer of the videos must be Australian. 

Now, that’s pretty useful information that many students and teachers would value.  Techie types  (T3’s – techie teacher types) usually already know all these helpful tips and tricks but not everyone out there is a computer guru. 

Check out the video lessons… they are a nice example of what YOU, yourself, could do and very easily at that. 

Do you have…

1) A lesson which makes for a good VIDEO LESSON? Everyone does… just think about a lesson that would be delivered more effectively if you could present the information and techniques via a short 2-3 minute video clip. 

2) You may need access to an image snag program or use of the Print Screen key and the Paint Program 2020image on your computer (Windows OS).    Image snag programs like SnagIt by TechSmith and others are inexpensive and very useful, but you can do the same thing with your PrintScreen key and Paint program for FREE.   

Check out 20/20 screen capture software also – this free program was one I learned about by reading the Southern California DEN Blog!Paint

And, of course, EDITABLE videoclip content from unitedstreaming, if you are developing a curriculum-related video lesson! (Did you know that there are 1412 full program editable videos available?)Editablecontentsearch

3) A multimedia production program which allows you to include voice over narrations… MovieMaker 2.1 or PhotoStory 3.0 (Windows OS) or iPhoto and iMovie (Mac) would do the trick.    Very cool that MovieMaker and PhotoStory are FREE.

Computer_microphone4) An inexpensive microphone… like Logitech’s or Labtec’s USB desktop microphone which runs about $20 or less.  You can find these almost any electronics store, Target, Shopko, WalMart, etc.

5) TIME… well, that’s one resource there is little of for busy, hard-working educators.  You will have to find that on your own but when you do create your first video lesson, let us know. 

Share your video lessons via the DEN Educator Resources (many DEN members already have) and let’s see what we can create, share, and Educatorresourcesbuild collaboratively.


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  1. Keith Schroeder said:

    I have gave the 20/20 software a try. It works pretty cool for a free program. Thanks for telling us about it! I’ve used printkey 2000 for printing screen shots for quite a few years and love it because it is free and is very user friendly. It gives you quite a few more options than the plain windows print screen.

  2. Karen C. Seddon said:

    Wow, Jan. These are amazing sites. I particularly love the Google lesson plans. I’d like to throw one more suggestion in the pot for making great lessons – SNAG IT. This wonderful tool created by Tech Smith allows us to capture our screen in a movie format. If you can hit the F9 to begin and the F10 to stop, you can make a simple video for your students and colleagues.

  3. Tom Turner said:

    Neat Idea Jan! If you use paint shop pro you can capture desktop images as well. It’s a Ctrl – Alt – prt screen combination if I remember correctly. It’s been a while since I’ve used it though.

  4. Glenda Jenkins said:

    Why is it when we work to teach something, we always learn something. Maybe that is why I love this job so much! Thanks for sharing the Video Lessons.

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