8 Tips for Creating Great Student Video Responses

What makes a good video response?

A good video response is probably in the eye of the beholder – but there are some truisms in any public speaking scenario. Understanding and dissecting good responses is an important digital literacy our students need to develop. After all, by the time they graduate from college, they will most likely conduct business in virtual reality rooms where speaking and gaining the attention of a global set of participants,  will be an important skill!

To help students create better video- based content – my students came up with some guidelines to make a good response easier to create.

Before there were such great apps as Flipgrid, I was having my students do video responses  – which they posted to their blogs. They did this using the simple camera tool on an iPad or iPhone. However, we quickly found that some responses were better than others – and the students came together to create these guidelines.

As we search for the best ways to use video reflections and assessments in our classroom – these tips created by my class of 7th graders have stood the test of time.

With the surge of  FlipGrid responses these days – their advice might come in quite handy!

Making Good Video Responses 

  1. Look straight at the camera
  2. Don’t move around too much as you talk – (it can have the Blair Witch Project effect)
  3. Try to avoid ums, likes and so
  4. Practice a couple of times before recording
  5. Make it fun by giving an example, analogy, metaphor or simile – or use an interesting quote
  6. Learn to be concise and simple – it’s like Goldilocks: not too much and not too little just enough (just right).
  7. Be direct about what you say, but also act as if you are talking to your grandmother
  8. Smile and have fun

Tip: Titles – create a good title something compelling that will get others to want to watch your video and even reply.

Titles are one of the most important digital literacy skills we can teach – if you don’t have a good title – will people read your content?

Bonus: Try to use one new vocabulary word

Posting Replies:

  1. Restate something the other person said and add to it or ask a question
  2. Stay away from “good job” and/or  “I liked your video” only find a way to add value to the conversation
  3. Make sure to add something to the conversation – by giving detail
  4. Be respectful
  5. Make sure to make a point

For more ideas on using technology effectively in the classroom-check out our new book The Google Infused Classroom on amazon.


Author: HollyClark

Holly is the co-author of Google Infused Classroom. She lives and works in San Diego, California. She delivers professional development to schools internationally and speaks at conferences about empowering teachers and students with iPads and Google Apps for Education. Contact her at holly@edtechteam.com to have her present or work with your school.

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