Creating Video Lessons Part 4 – Reducing Cognitive Load!

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Ugh! Too much information. Welcome to part 4 of my blogs on creating engaging video lessons! So you have written your script and storyboarded your content. Now it’s time for the really creative process to begin! Enhancing and developing your slides with images and narration! This week, I’m going to be talking about how to use images to develop an engaging video lesson without overwhelming the learner and thus avoiding cognitive load. So we’ve all been there. That long, tired afternoon sitting opposite someone who has filled his or her presentation with diagrams, text and images, while they persist in talking over it. Although the information on the presentation might be excellent and what they are saying might be really good stuff, for the audience or learner it becomes overwhelming and very dull. So we disengage. But why does this happen? Is it just that we find it less interesting? Well, in the brain there is what we call a dual channel which we use to process information. This happens through the eyes and the ears. The eyes process information we see and the ears process information we hear. And it gets more complex than this. Because the eyes have to absorb images and read text, they can be subject to what is called the split attention effect. This happens when you have a set of images on a screen to portray a concept and then also text to read too. Your eyes are trying to read the text while working out what the images mean, so you become …

Creating Video Lessons Part 3- Storyboarding!

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Last week we looked at our first step in creating an engaging video lesson – Script Writing. Check it out here if you missed it! So now you’ve written your script and are wondering how on earth you are going to get all of these wonderful words of wisdom into your 30hands video…. My advice? Get to 30hands Pro and storyboard out your script! Why storyboard? Storyboarding is the best way to plan out your slides and it enables you to visualize what is going to go on which slide. So the storyboard is kind of a blue print of your video story, and you’ll get a feel of how the whole finished product will pan out. The best part is that it really saves you time later when you go to develop and enhance your slides and record your narration. It very much supports the iterative process, as you can review your storyboard once it is laid out and make changes and revisions as you progress from there. It should really be the minimum amount of information necessary to convey a sense of what your video or story is going to be. This makes things quick and easy! How do I Storyboard? Start by creating a presentation in 30hands Pro. Then, add slides to represent each line of your script. As you are doing this, the most important thing is to label each slide somehow, so you know in your presentation which slide represents which line of your narration. To do this, you …

Creating Video Lessons with 30hands Pro: Starting with a Script

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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 …