The fluent and efficient production and incorporation of visual materials into lessons and resources requires significant training and equipment. The links on this page are intended to get you started.

Storytelling Options

This video TED talk by Jonathan Harris is a stimulating look at some storytelling alternatives. This talk underscores the fact that the digital resources which are available are stretching our creativity into entirely new realms.

Screen Captures

Capturing materials from a computer screen can be done in many ways.

Creating a video which showing the procedure for using computer software, for example, is an efficient instructional technology. There are several good software programs which support such captures.

  • Camtasia is software which is very flexible and provides a professional way to capture screen actions, along with a narration. This software includes video editing capabilities.
  • Jing is a simple software application that provides quick and relatively easy still and video screen captures. You can then annotate the captured video.

A Few Interesting Things

Rostrum Video

Think “Ken Burns.” Take a still photograph and slowly pan over it. For many photos, it looks like you have taken a video. The video edit attracts more attention and it lets you move in to emphasize details, or move out to show the big picture. Here is a link to Digirostrum software.

PowerPoint to Video

Convert a PowerPoint presentation to a video. You can add narration to your presentation. Here is a link to Movavi PowerPoint to Video converter.

Using Photos and Video in PowerPoint

Classroom presentations often use PowerPoint as the production medium. It is straight-forward to include both photos and video in a PowerPoint presentation.

Photo guidelines

    • The size of each PowerPoint slide is usually 720 x 960 pixels
      • This means that you should crop and resize your images to these dimensions. This allows you to be very selective in what you show (a 5 mp camera produces an image that is about 2500 pixels wide). Reducing the size of the image also makes your presentation smaller.

Video guidelines

    • Use the correct video format
      • The flv video format is popular and widely used. However, it is not compatible with PowerPoint. Use a converter (such as Appian Technologies Replay Converter) to change the format to WMV.
    • Test your presentation on the computer you will be using