Click here to Pin this post

5 Classroom Ideas for How-To Videos

March 3, 2017

One of my most popular posts last year was a list of tools teachers and students can use to create how-to videos. It’s been lots of fun to see which ones teachers are most excited about and I often get a chance to lead hands-on workshops taking teachers through these tools in person. There are plenty of reasons you might decide to incorporate a how-to writing activity in your classroom.

This type of reading and writing activity is extremely relevant. With over a billion hours of YouTube watched everyday it is becoming a norm for students (and adults) to search for a video to help them learn how-to do something. Whether you use Spark Video, Explain Everything, or another on this list, there are plenty of ways to incorporate a how-to video into your classroom. Take a look at the list below and add your favorites in the comments section!

5 Classroom Ideas for How-To Videos

  • Students can take a simple everyday task and break down the process in steps. For example they can answer questions like, How do you tie your shoe? How do you brush your teeth?
  • Ask students to think of a favorite recipe. They can make a plan for how to make their favorite sandwich, salad or chosen dish. Students can snap pictures and record video to create a how-to video for their class.
  • Have each student pick something they love to do or feel confident doing. Have them map out the steps to this favorite task and create a how-to video.
  • Ask students to find a simple problem in their school community and figure out steps to solve it. For example, How can we reduce our waste in the cafeteria? How do you start a compost heap?
  • Students can interview an expert to figure out how to accomplish something new. With their mentor students can breakdown the steps and create a how-to video

Don’t forget! Student videos need an audience – try sharing their creations on Twitter or connecting them to a QR code for an interactive display with #ScannableTech.

 

Ready to make this the best year yet?

Sign up for my weekly newsletter and periodic special messages...

and you'll get INSTANT access to my special guide:

12 EdTech Tips for The Most Successful Year Yet!

...and I'll send you three bonus ebooks on Virtual Reality, Reading & Writing EdTech Favorites, and Formative Assessment tools!

I can't wait to share my favorite EdTech tips, tools and lesson ideas with you!

Yours in Learning, Monica :)

Powered by ConvertKit

Sign Up for the ClassTechTips.com newsletter!

Sign up for my weekly newsletter and special messages... and get INSTANT access to my eBooks, freebies and more!

Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

Leave a Comment

Share on