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20 video project ideas to engage students

10 Video project ideas for (almost any class):

1. Create a personal narrative  

Everyone has a story, and when we share our own experiences, they can be a motivating factor for others — and help us reflect on our lives and choices. Narratives can be about students themselves, a fictional character or historical person. A few easy ways to record these include:

Check out 24 ways to create great classroom video with Screencastify for more ideas!

 2. Record interviews (in person or virtually) 

The people around us and around the world are living history. Their experiences, information, and advice is a treasure trove waiting to be mined. Use a video response tool like Flipgrid (flipgrid.com) to record interviews. They could be in-person interviews where both parties sit next to each other in the camera’s frame. Or, they could be virtual interviews, where someone far away records responses to questions in a Flipgrid video (just share the link with them to record a video). They can be serious, silly … even fictional. The sky’s the limit!

Check out Catch the Flipgrid Fever! 30+ ways to use Flipgrid with your class for more resources.

 3. Create a whiteboard animation 

Set up something with a camera so it won’t move (on a tripod or otherwise). Aim it at a whiteboard or chalkboard. Record and start drawing. Use video editing tools to speed it up to four times its normal speed and add a voiceover (and music?). Here’s a great blog post with the basics on how to create these videos. Below is a whiteboard animation I created to illustrate a conference session I presented (my cropping was not the best!).

4. Present slides with a screencast recording 

People communicate big, important ideas like this all the time using webinars. The slides let you present an idea step by step using uncluttered slides with a simple sentence (or single word!) or an image. Instead of presenting multiple bullet points on a single slide, break each point out into its own slide. Screencast recording tools like ScreencastifyScreencast-o-Matic and others can handle these videos easily!

5. Record a stop-motion animation in Google Slides 

If you’re recording your screen, the first thing that comes to mind for many people is to record presentation slides. (See the idea above.) Let’s go beyond that and think of other useful websites and apps that you could record instead. For instance, create a stop-motion animation using Google Slides (click here for a step-by-step tutorial). It’s easy: create a slide, duplicate it, move something, duplicate the new slide, move something, etc. Repeat over and over. When you’re done, record it using a tool like like Screencastify or Screencast-o-Matic. Record your voice with a microphone so you can narrate what’s happening!

Check out Learning in motion: EASY stop-motion animation with Google Slides to learn how!

6. Make a video tour of a significant location

If students visit a place — on a field trip, on vacation or any time — they can share their learning experience with others by recording video of it and narrating as they go. (If they’re at a museum or other such place, asking permission first is probably a good idea!) If they can’t visit it, creating a video slideshow with Animoto or in a screencast would work, too.

A virtual walking tour is an option, too. Use Google Maps Street View to view one of these fantastic locations virtually (or anywhere else). Record it (including the microphone for your voice) while you play tour guide and read some facts about the location from a script or extemporaneously!

Check out Google Maps walking tours with Street View and Screencastify for more information.

7. Take your video projects anywhere with green screen 

Green screen apps let students superimpose themselves over an image or video background. This makes it look like they’re almost anywhere in the world (or beyond!) in these videos. Inexpensive apps like Green Screen by Do Ink can make it happen. (Here’s a video that shows how it works.) You don’t need a fancy green screen to stand in front of, either. A green painted wall, a green fabric background or even a green disposable tablecloth can work!

8. Create GIF examples of classroom content 

GIFs are the moving image files. They’re kind of like silent video that’s treated like a picture file. By using a free GIF maker, students can create videos of anything class related and place it on a class website or share simply. Teachers can also make short animations to use for demonstrations. Here’s a post by Kim Snodgrass on the Dave Burgess blog about creating GIFs and how they can be used in class.

9. Record video self assessment

Students don’t have to get all their assessment and feedback from the teacher. When they do it themselves, it empowers them to be lifelong learners. Recording a video and posting it to Seesaw gives students a place for that self assessment.

Check out 20 Seesaw ideas with Chromebooks for K-12 classes for more information.

10. Make video with an app 

Lots of apps (on the web or for mobile devices) are built to create fun videos that can demonstrate learning! Here are some examples:

  • Create book reports, step-by-step videos and more using Adobe Spark Video. Check out this guest post by Claudio Zavala showing how it works and what you can do with it.
  • Telestory is a mobile app that helps you create flashy videos with fun overlays. Create and record a TV show, make music videos, use night vision effects and more in your videos. Then save the video to your camera roll.
  • Chatterpix is a mobile app that brings an inanimate object or photo to life! Show the app where the mouth is in the photo and record some audio. It’ll make the mouth move along with your voice!
  • Triller is a mobile app that lets you record fun music videos. Find a song that fits with what you’re learning and record several video takes that show what you’ve learned. Triller splices a music video together that looks pretty slick! (Note: There’s no language filter for songs, so you might want to make these videos with students instead of turning them loose on the app.)

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