Instructional Video


For this assignment you will be creating a short video (2-3 minutes) that you can use in your teaching, or that would represent the kind of work your students would create for an assignment. The assignment may be done individually or in a group of two.

Requirements & Evaluation Criteria

The video . . .

  1. Must teach or enhance the teaching of a concept in a way that would be difficult to do without technology OR be an example of a video project a student might submit for your class (2 points)
  2. Must connect directly to teaching some aspect of the Utah Core Curriculum (see – (1 point)
  3. Must include a storyboard (due the first week of the project). If this storyboard is not provided BEFORE the project, then you will lose points.
  4. Must include digital images or video (2 points)
  5. Must include meaningful narration or text (1 points)
  6. Must include some background music that enhances and not distracts from your message (1 points)
  7. Must have a credits page at the end where images, video, and music used in the video are properly cited. (4 points). Note that many students lose these points because their credits are too small or move too fast to be read, or they do not describe a source exactly using generalities instead like “photo from”.
  8. Must be engaging or interesting to view (4 points)
  9. Must teach the topic effectively in a way that could not be done as well without the technology (4 points)
  10. Must be uploaded to TeacherTube or Youtube and then embedded in your class website correctly on a page in your Portfolio section (1 point). Make sure that it is set to public! Here is a screenshot of where you select that option.





Note: If these criteria listed above do not match the needs of the project you would like to propose, talk with the instructor to negotiate the new criteria.


There are several steps that you will go through to complete the project:

First Week: Storyboarding and collecting all materials (Due first week of this unit)

  • Determine the project idea
  • Complete a storyboard for the project. You can use PowerPoint, this Word document, or some other tool. Please link to your storyboard on your blog. If you use the word document, upload it to Google Documents (it’ll be easier for us to collaborate). Example storyboard: This is an example storyboard, not a perfect example, but an example, of the storyboard for the commercial I showed in the Voicethread.
    • With your own students, encouraging them to use a mindmapping technology like Mindmeister, Creately, or Inspiration is helpful, especially for groups.
    • The critical things you need on your storyboard before you turn it in are:

    a) Your UEN standard
    b) Your instructional objective (what will your students DO, and what is the PURPOSE of the activity? What will you do to meet the UEN standard?)
    c) Visual representation of what will happen in each scene of the movie (stick figures, clip art, whatever).
    d) A script for what the narration will say, or what the actors will say.

  • Collect images, video, and music for your project. Store these in a folder on your key drive or computer (remember to back them up!). Remember Creative Commons sources, which are often great places to get material you can use for free and without worrying about using less than 10%.

    • (use the advanced search, scroll down, and click on “creative commons”)

Second & Third Weeks: Creating and editing your movie

  1. Create the video using  iMovie (for Mac) or MovieMaker/Photostory (for PC). Don’t forget to cite your sources!
    * Note that I will be teaching and demonstrating using iMovie. It is recommended that you use that tool if possible. It is a better tool than the PC options in that it lets you do live video, audio narration, photos, music, etc. in one program. The others do not.
  1. Submit video to TeacherTube or Youtube.
  2. Embed the video on your blog with a reflection about how you might use instructional video projects in your teaching. What specific lessons or activities would be enhanced by using these technologies? How would you implement them? (This will count as your participation post for the third week. The other two weeks you can post whatever ideas or reflections you have, although it could be helpful to find good examples of student-created video projects in your field that you could share with each other).



iMovie is the free moviemaking tool that comes on the Macs.  It is quite powerful and can do a lot of things and yet is pretty easy to learn.  iMovie integrates easily with other Mac tools like iPhoto, iTunes, and iDVD.  There are two versions of iMovie on the Macs in our TEC lab: iMovie 6 and iMovie 9. My tutorials and instruction are for iMovie 9. You can use either one, but they are quite different from each other so you’ll need to do an Internet search to find tutorials for iMovie 6. Below are some considerations that you should take into account if selecting this tool for your classroom.

  • iMovie project file sizes get very large – sometimes over 1 GB in size.
  • Because iMovie 9 is very different from past versions, you must use the same version throughout your entire process.

iMovie on the Mac– Tutorials from Look at these tutorials first.

iMovie tutorials for 287 – these tutorials are for another class, but may still be helpful.

Tutorial on saving your project to a key drive

Note! I am going to ask the TEC lab to provide a space on the computers in the lab where you can work on your projects without them getting deleted. However, a good practice in learning to use technology is to not trust important projects to be saved. I encourage you to use a Flash/key drive to or portable hard drive to back up your project.


MovieMaker is a simple program that comes free on bot XP and Vista operating systems.  Below are some considerations that you should take into account if selecting this tool.

  • Transferring projects between computers with this tool is not easy.  If you plan to use this tool plan to do the entire project on the same computer.
  • Many PCs do not have a firewire port which can make getting live video from a video camera on to your a difficult chore (if you plan to use live video).

MovieMaker on the PC – I have not tried all of these tutorials yet, but Atomic Learning is usually a good company for tutorials. You can probably find others on Youtube.


Here are a collection of digital stories and documentaries that other teachers and students have created. Below each of the main links are some specific examples you could take a look at. These are mostly elementary examples, because I’m still building my collection of secondary education resources, so you might need to think creatively how similar projects could be done at a higher level by high school students. And if you do great at your projects, I’ll add them to my list for future semesters! 😉


1. How do I download a Youtube video to use in my video if I want to?
You can use Zamzar to download Youtube videos, or Jing to record a video you find anywhere on the web. Make sure to only use material in a copyright-appropriate way!

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