As we all know, getting started is the hardest part of any creative process. When it comes to creating a video lesson, we all have cool ideas of what we could share with our students. But where do we begin? What should be our first step? Well, from my experience, beginning with a script is a great way to go. A script you say? Yes, a script! Just like in the movies! Think of a regular lesson where you are explaining a topic or concept to your students. What would you say? This is your script. If you prefer to write a paragraph first, that’s ok. Follow up by breaking it into lines, one for each slide. Read on to see how I do it.
The reason why I do this is because it enables me to plan out what I am going to say on each slide and then design your content around it. Of course, you can change your script around as you iterate through your creative process. But starting with a basic idea of what you are going to say and laying it out in this way I have found to be really effective. Even though it involves investing a bit of time at the start, it makes things much quicker once you go to add images and then narrate over your content. And you finish with a tip-top video!
So, how do I go about doing this? Google Docs is a great tool for script writing as you can easily share it with others if you want to collaborate. So to begin, simply imagine what you are going to say on each slide of your video and then write it down. As you are doing this, number each line as it would be divided into slides. It could look something like this:
- Hello everyone and welcome!
- Today we are going to learn about Photosynthesis
- Photosynthesis is the process by which green plants transform light energy into chemical energy.
And so on. Each number represents a slide. If you want some new things to appear on a particular slide or to have something on one particular slide to change as your video progresses, you must copy that slide and add in your change on top of the copied slide. I would separate these 2 ‘screens’ into 2 separate lines on your script, as they will be 2 separate slides. In that way, by the time you finish writing your script, you can tell how many slides you will need. For example:
- For Photosynthesis to occur, you need
- and carbon dioxide
Each would be a different slide, but the same screen, where you add an image of each component of photosynthesis to each new slide. Easy, right? Watch this basic example of what these first few slides of your video lesson could eventually look like in the video below. Then, work your way through this script-writing process and once you get to your final line, you are all set for step 2 in your video-creation expedition of glory – Storyboarding! Stay tuned to hear about this in my next blog!
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