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Creating Successful Videos



for Information Literacy includes a number of practitioner-produced videos to supplement lesson plans. In our Phase I research, we discovered that educators found the videos to be very useful and enthusiastically embraced the notion of including them in the S.O.S. resource. S.O.S. videos are generally 2 to 5 minutes in length with the average video running approximately 2:30. It may seem like it would be easy to produce such a brief video but in actuality, it takes more planning and effort than a longer video! (NOTE: an alternative to video is taking digital still pictures and uploading them to the S.O.S. site with your lesson plan. We may even turn those digital stills into a video by adding narration and title graphics, so that is an option if you don't want to do a video. Or you could produce a PowerPoint presentation and include photos!)


If you are looking for a challenge, would like the experience of being a producer, and are willing to learn a few tricks of the trade, you are the right candidate for producing your own video.


In this section of S.O.S. training, you will learn about the video production process and how you can create a video to share with your colleagues through the S.O.S. for Information Literacy resource. Your video may even be featured in Educators Spotlight Digest , the online publication of S.O.S. for Information Literacy. If, after going through this basic video tutorial, you would like to shoot a video but need a little more guidance from the S.O.S. video team, email us and we will be happy to consult with you either via email or telephone. Plus, we will be happy to edit your video into a final product if you send us your digital videotapes and some basic instructions! We will add text where needed throughout your video and put your name on the credits as producer. Producing a video will be more time intensive than taking digital photos of your lesson but seeing that final product is very rewarding! Are you ready to learn what it takes to be a video producer? Let's get started!


There are three phases in the video production process: 1) Pre-production 2) Production and 3) Post-production. Each of these phases will be described in a separate section focusing on what they will require in terms of producing a video for the S.O.S. project. We also include several handy production tools below.



Section I: Pre-Production

Section II: Production

Section III: Post Production

Printable Production Tools 



NOTE: Please remember that it is not necessary to include a video in any of your lesson plans or teaching ideas. This training is offered for those who might enjoy experimenting with video production.




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