How to create your own open video resources – a tutorial for teachers by Malik Wilson

In this tutorial our Creative Manager Malik shows you how to create your own open educational resources (in a video multimedia format) using free software.

Step 1
– Write your script
– Create a quick storyboard

Step 2
– Record your audio
Software: You can use free audio recording software, Audacity – http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/

Step 3
– Create your animations in PowerPoint
– Record the timings and save as a video

Step 4
– Bring your audio and PowerPoint video together in free editing software
Software:
– Windows Movie Maker for PCs – http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=34
– IMovie for Macs – http://support.apple.com/downloads/#imovie

Step 5
– Export your video
– Upload to YouTube or OER Commons (http://www.oercommons.org/) etc.

SchoolNet South Africa: ICT in the Classroom Conference – for all those who missed our talk

Frederic Kastner, Programme Manager for The Virtual School and Malik Adam Wilson, Creative Manager for The Virtual School were invited to the SchoolNet Conference in South Africa to talk to over 600 teachers on the Open Educational Resource Movement, how it’s changing the world of education and how teachers from everywhere can get involved.

The talk also includes the OER Organisations around the world creating free educational resources for everyone – Khan Academy, Coursera, The Virtual School, Udacity, Siyavula, TED-Ed and Bread Bin.

As always, it would be great if you could leave us your feedback or if you simply got in touch if you can think of a way of collaborating with us around Open Educational Resources, no matter where you are around the world! We need the help of animators, designers, teachers, NGOs and charities, governments and higher education institutions, as well as social enterprises, to get spread engaging, localised Open Educational Resources around the world.

Tweet at us with the hashtags #oer, #schoolnetSA: http://www.twitter.com/virtualschooluk
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Virtual School News

Here are the news on the Virtual School in June. Learn about our current progress with the Chemistry Journey project, in which we are providing over 250 videos in Chemistry for upper secondary education around the world.

Other news are new partnerships for the translation of our Open Educational Resources and our upcoming talks and events. Leave us your feedback and send us an Email if you want to get involved!

Young Designers for Global Educational Equality: Introducing our new team

Dear followers of the Virtual School,

We are coming to the end of one of the most exciting weeks in the history of our young programme. The Virtual School has just been reinforced by six fantastic young designers, with origins from the different corners of the earth – exactly what we were hoping for to form a team that will produce free learning resources for a global audience.

In this video, they are giving a fun intro to themselves – and are getting over their initial shyness in front of the camera. What ever happens, they will have to get used to being filmed: besides publishing the free Chemistry videos that the new team will create, we want to give our followers the story behind the scenes – and that is because these ultra-talented deserved to be lauded for giving their time to our education for all cause.

The only thing left to say? Watch out for the great videos they are going to produce! =)

The Virtual School is getting fired up for its new project: The Chemistry Journey

Dear friends of the Virtual School, our team has an update on the progress being made on hiring teachers and designers for the Chemistry Journey – our new project with the goal of creating 300 new Chemistry videos.

Further news: an exciting conference coming up in July in South Africa.