Voice Over Advice

When I started making these videos, as I have mentioned before, I was a little reluctant to listen to myself speaking on the videos and avoided it for the first few that I made.

I quickly realized that I needed to be doing some voice overs in order to get better instruction over the interweb waves to my students and had to suck it up.

Here are a few things that I wish I would have known before I started…but figured out along the way 🙂 discovery learning at it’s finest!

1. Record in small chunks – that way if you mess up, you don’t have to re-record too much – I do VERY small chunks – maybe just a sentence or two at a time and time that audio correctly with the video element.

2. Take notes if you need to about what you are wanting to say – that way, when you get distracted (like I often do) you can use your notes to keep you on track.

3. Record in a quiet place. Once I started recording myself, I wanted it to sound as good as my iPad could make it happen for me. This may have made me a little crazy…I would re-record a segment if, for example, my dog started chewing on his squeaky toy at the end. I would re-record if a door closed on my recording or if my dinner timer went off. I tried to be a big girl about it and record in an airport once and just could not do it. I may have a little obsessive problem with my students distraction level (probably because I am right there with them) but I like to record in a quiet room by myself and have had positive results with that procedure.

4. Do the voice over last – do all of your animation or pictures in the order you want them to be in first while sort of mapping out what you want to say. This makes the voice over recording process very quick at the end!

1. I just need to reiterate number 1. again. Record in small chunks!!! Do it. You can thank me later – especially if you get a little obsessive like I did.

Related Posts

  • 4 Reasons You Should Be Using Google Calendar to Organize Your Teaching Life!4 Reasons You Should Be Using Google Calendar to Organize Your Teaching Life! Google Calendar Organizes Everywhere Sync it across devices and access it from anywhere Listen. If for no other reason, use Google Calendar because you can access it anywhere. […]
  • Feeling the Burn Friends, it is that time of year when we are all feeling a little of the burn out...at least I certainly hope it isn't just me!! Stay motivated, actively monitor those tests, let loose […]
  • PowToon for Free Flipping (and fun!)PowToon for Free Flipping (and fun!) Since school started I have spent an embarrassing amount of time playing with PowToon. Let's just keep my nerdy-ness between us friends, mmkay?  🙂 PowToon is way fun for you and, […]
  • Getting Students Invested in an Online ClassroomGetting Students Invested in an Online Classroom Let's be honest for a second and admit that running an online classroom can be a lot of work. While I fully believe the work is worth it, the last thing I want to do is work hard and then […]
  • Canva 101Canva 101While Canva may not seem basic for you, it is seriously a HUGE staple of mine! With school starting this time of year it can really be a game changer! I've posted about Canva before […]
  • Top 8 Must Have Music Teacher AppsTop 8 Must Have Music Teacher Apps First, I really need to tell you that YOU are AWESOME! Yes, YOU! You are a great educator! You want to be better than you are right now, you want to make your lessons engaging and […]