So far, the episodes are about 2-3 minutes each. Most people would assume that it wouldn't take very long to make a 2-3 minute video. Most people would be wrong. It takes us about 4-5 hours to complete each video. Here are the general steps involved in each video:
- Research possible topics.
- Settle on the five topics for the episode.
- Write and revise scripts.
- Record the scripts being read.
- Create screencasts of the tips and tricks being highlighted.
- Editing the video.
- Promoting the video.
In the end, I feel we have a pretty high quality product that will be useful to the people who watch it. But the question still remains. Is a 2-3 minute video worth spending 4-5 hours to create it? In my opinion, yes.
I believe we could create a video in an hour and it would be good enough. I don't want it to be good enough. I want it to be good. No, I want it to be great, and I want my students to want it to be great. Too often I get the sense that students complete a project and settle for good enough. We need to find ways to help students change that mindset. I don't have all the answers, but I do believe part of the answer rests with giving students choice in what they learn and how they demonstrate their understanding. It is a race to find the answer, because most students only get one chance to be a student in your class. It is a race and I am barely out of the starting blocks. But I am running, and I want to reach the finish line.
Take a look at our latest episode (or all of them) and let me know what you think. I want them to be great, so if they are not, I want to know.