What are the basic technical skills that we need, as teachers, if we want to use online video in the classroom? We already considered hardware issues in a previous posting. Here I am thinking of the skills that allow us to manipulate video as material - skills that can be referred to as 'digital scissors and sellotape'. Here are a few that I have identified:
- Knowing how to find video content (for example, making use of the search facilities on YouTube)
- Knowing how to upload a video onto a video-sharing site
- Knowing how to download video (i.e. capture a clip from YouTube so that it can be stored on a pen drive or laptop and played in class without Internet connection)
- Knowing how to use video-editing software (e.g. Windows Movie Maker)
- Knowing how to make screen captures so that we can turn video clips into story boards
To some of us, these are the everyday skills that allow us to copy, paste, cut, edit, share, etc. To others, they are the skills that we wish we had. In some cases they may seem out of our reach and beyond our capabilities but that shouldn't be the case.The title of this blog posting could have been: 'Everything you wanted to know about video competencies but were too afraid to ask'. Please feel free to ask questions and share tips in the comments below.