- 5 to 9 minutes! One topic, one board.
- Set a clear objective for your single topic.
- Keep in mind how your students will be watching the video lessons. Is it a stand-alone video lesson or part of a series?
- Plan how you will begin and end each video so it makes sense to your students in the context of the course.
- Do you want to mention or reference course material that’s relevant; textbook chapter, syllabus, PowerPoint Presentations or documents?
- Map out exactly what you will write or draw on the Light Board. This also helps keep the length of the video around 5 to 9 minutes.
- Leave some empty space on the glass to look at the camera instead of looking through your writing.
- Practice on an equal sized white board or schedule some time to practice in the studio, without recording of course.
What to Wear
- Avoid all black, so you don’t blend into the background & look like a floating head!
- Solid colors work best; it helps emphasis the writing on the glass.
When we begin recording
- Be Yourself! Speak to your students.
- When writing on the board, look at what you are writing.
- When talking about something on the board try to point from the side, this helps the writing stand out against the background.
- When you’re not writing, or pointing, look at the camera.
- We erase the board when we’re not recording.
- The markers squeak when pressing hard against the glass. Using less pressure helps avoid squeaking.
- Sometimes it makes sense to write or draw some content on the glass before recording.
- Remind yourself “how you will begin” pause, look at the camera, then go!