"Video is the wave of the future, and it’s important to give our students as much information we can, and with video we can do just that" says Kayse Morris.

This week, we’re showcasing Interactive Notebooks Professional Development Video and Tutorial from Kayse Morris.

Here’s what we noticed:

  • Kayse’s preview is just under two minutes. We’ve heard from Buyers that having a longer preview is a great way to make sure you know what you’re buying before committing to a purchase. Experiment with providing even longer previews for your videos! We’ve seen previews as long as 8 minutes for paid content!
  • This preview includes a brief snippet of Kayse’s experience as a teacher. This builds credibility with the viewer.
  • You’ll notice that Kayse includes a written list of everything the viewer will learn in her video. Buyers want to know exactly what they’re getting and this is such a great way to make sure that your Buyer is well-informed about your video.

Let’s hear more from Kayse about creating video!

1.  What inspired you to start creating Video on TpT?
I’ve always been inspired and led to help teachers with classroom tips and tricks. It’s part of my nature as an educator to help others. Video on TpT made helping teachers around the globe a breeze. Not only can teachers learn new and innovative ways to help their students, but they can also receive quality training at the touch of a button. Professional development is something teachers are always looking for, and I’m beyond excited to be able to offer that to my fellow educators.

2. What steps did you take prior to filming your video?
Before I create a video for TpT, I always plan out the process. I begin with a seamless script and rehearse it before I ever click “Record.” It’s important to me for my buyers to receive professional videos that can aid their teaching. Once I’ve rehearsed the script and I feel confident with the material, I begin the recording process. Of course, I try to make sure the lighting is optimal and shoot during mid-afternoons.

"Video is the wave of the future, and it’s important to give our students as much information we can, and with video we can do just that" says Kayse Morris.
Ring lights are great for brightening up a dark shot

3. What was the most challenging part of the process?
Like most teachers, it’s hard to find time to record and edit videos. Sometimes I find it challenging to balance and juggle everything. I’m a mother to three beautiful boys and a wife to a high school principal, and I want to make sure I’m doing the best job I can as a mother, wife, and as a teacher, and sometimes that means I have to record multiple videos on the same day.

4. What did you learn about making video?
When I first began creating videos, my goal was to offer extensive professional development. Over the course of the last few months, my goals have shifted, and I really want to offer teachers effective classroom management tips. A positive learning environment is something that comes naturally to me, and I can’t wait to share that with other teachers. Two other ideas I’ve had are to demonstrate the use of close reading strategies with older students and to give more information on interactive notebooks. Stay tuned for more videos like these in the near future!

"Video is the wave of the future, and it’s important to give our students as much information we can, and with video we can do just that" says Kayse Morris.
Using a ring light for photographing resources is a way to improve image quality

5. What’s your tip for someone new to video?
If you’re new to video, my main tip for you is to not stress over the small details. This process can be overwhelming. It takes time, patience, and practice to begin anything, and video is no different. I want to encourage you to take your time to make this process worth your while. Video is the wave of the future, and it’s important to give our students as much information we can, and with video we can do just that.