Posted on 02/23/2017 at 01:43 PM by Blog Experts

On February 18, I attended the Art of Education online conference. There were two sessions that dealt with using videos in the classroom that I found very interesting. The first presentation was given by Cassie Stephens and the second was by Nic Hahn.

First, Cassie discussed creating videos about art content for her students. She found that creating the videos at first took a lot of time, but once they were created they saved so much time and energy. As soon as students walk into the classroom, Cassie has an instructional video ready to go. While students are viewing the video, she can quickly take attendance and get some of those housekeeping things that otherwise take time from instruction.

Cassie said that there was a huge learning curve when she began creating these videos, but now she forces herself to learn something new each time she creates a new video. Cassie uses a camera, but a phone or tablet could be used as well. She recommended a tripod and an inexpensive light. Cassie uses iMovie to edit, crop, stabilize, and reduce background noise.

With the videos, students can go on virtual field trips. Cassie visits artists around the country, videotapes them, and then students can see these artists virtually in their own studios.

Nic Hahn created short videos for her students, as well, for teaching her upper elementary and middle school students about art history. She called these videos “Bit-o-Bios”. For example, if she wanted to introduce Faith Ringold, she would create a little character, similar to an avatar that might resemble Raith Ringold, and then create the video about her. She spent three class periods discussing each artist.

Once students become familiar with the videos that you create, allow them to create the videos for you. Students can be taught the components that may go into a great video. They can experiment with several of the online software for video creation. Students can even create storyboards for their videos. Finally, students can produce their video.

Some of the online software that can be used to create videos for the art classroom are Animoto, Snip, or Masher. Here are some other video apps that can be used: and

How have you used video in your art classroom? Have your students had opportunities to create videos? Is there a software that works well for you and your students?

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