8 YouTube-inspired classroom video ideas

3. Makeup tutorials

YouTube viewers go NUTS over makeup tutorials.

In 2018, YouTube had 169 billion (yes, BILLION) views for beauty-related content. That’s up from 104 billion in 2017 and 59 billion in 2016. 

The bottom line: these tutorials are getting eyeballs. There’s a good chance your students are watching them, too.

Makeup tutorials are pretty basic. They show — step by step — the entire process of creating a certain look from start to finish. 

In this video, and in lots of others like it, the video editing is pretty minimal. Some will do “jump cuts”, where they eliminate small parts of the video that aren’t as important to keep the video tight. If your students are editing videos, they can likely do jump cuts pretty easily, but they’re not necessary.

Because these videos can be 10 or 15 minutes or longer, the best beauty vloggers work hard to keep their viewers engaged the whole time. They do this with their voice. They engage their viewers, describing what they’re doing (and what they’re not doing), encouraging the viewer, or just being themselves and injecting their personality in the video.

Classroom video ideas for this video type:

  • What can students demonstrate in a tutorial video? If they’re learning a skill or a process, these videos can be a great fit.
  • Some tutorials lend themselves to camera videos. Others are better as screencast videos. Using a tool like Screencastify to record your screen could be a better fit if students are demonstrating on a screen.
  • Tutorial videos could be great for skills in P.E. classes, in science labs, even in coding and computer science classes.
  • To be as clear as possible, students can describe what they’re doing, what they’re thinking, etc. They can also show what they’re working on clearly to the camera.