Saturday, April 16, 2016

Capturing students on video and sharing them online

Presented at the TESOL 2016 Electronic Village, Baltimore, MD


After showing sample videos of students of varying English proficiencies performing different language tasks, I explained how to share them for educational purposes within a secure LMS and on YouTube and other open sites with privacy and other setting choices. 


Group work
In class
Out of class

Portable video recorder
Smart phone, tablet
Laptop w/ webcam

To observe voice & body language
To inform, instruct, entertain
To ensure & document student participation
For formative, summative assessment (T)
For self-assessment & peer assessment (Ss)
Not for Hollywood broadcast!


Description, (min:sec), link
Vid operator
Whole class practices clothing role-plays in pairs. ESL*920_clothing_07 (0:29)
Two-person role play exam. Anh and Thuan return clothing (1:37)
Simultaneous mall group speeches. Tracy's state presentation: Arizona. (5:24)
iPhone on desk
Whole class engages in lecture retelling in pairs. COC1 Ch3 (0:27)
Student reads a picture book to preschoolers. Grisel reads "Bathtime for Biscuit". (4:07)
Child Dev Center
Student’s partner
Student demonstrates how to make Russian pancakes, at home. Elena blini. (2:54)
Student’s friend
Student demonstrates how to make guacamole, in class. Sonia guacamole. (5:06)
Teacher or student


Flip camera, smart phone, laptop or desktop camera, webcam, DSLR camera. Be sure to record landscape (horizontal), not portrait (vertical). Headset.

Recording operator options

Teacher records students. Students record each other in pairs and small groups. Students record themselves (or get friends outside of class).

Some considerations

Adults only, with consent, if public. No children. Lighting: students are ideally front-lit, not back-lit. Microphone placement: near students unless wired remotely. Voice projection: students should try to speak louder than ambient noise.

Sharing videos with students

Give/send file to individuals.
Upload to course LMS (Learning Management System).
Upload to Youtube or other video service.
Embed video in a blog.
Play video in class
Privacy settings:
Public, Unlisted, Private

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Example: Phong reads "How do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?"

Video Resources for Creating Video and Creating a YouTube Channel

YouTube 101 – Equipment that you will need, Powered by @ElgatoGaming. Uploaded by Drift0r 1/17/14.
How To Create/Set Up a YouTube Channel - YouTube Guide. Uploaded by TheHelptimes 1/7/14. (2:45)
How To Properly Upload Videos To YouTube. Uploaded by Derral Eves 1/2/14. (4:22) Upload, title, description, tags, privacy settings, category, add to playlist.
Change video privacy settings on YouTube. Uploaded by YouTube Help 10/31/14. (1:02)
Recording video with a laptop webcam. Uploaded by PronunciationDoctor on 1/27/11. (0:31)
Recording video with a digital camera.Uploaded by PronunciationDoctor on 1/27/11 (0:42)
YouTube 101: Private Sharing. Uploaded by YouTube Spotlight 1/4/10 (4:01)

Contact information

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