Video Projects to Engage Learners: 20+ Tools & Tips

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”Humans are incredibly visual and powerful, moving images help us find meaning… [and] video helps capture and contextualize the world around us.” – Dan Patterson

Some of the most popular apps and social networks (Periscope, Meerkat, Vine, Instagram, Youtube, etc.) make it easy for anyone to quickly produce, publish, and share their videos. Chances are your students have already produced their own videos and shared them with the world. So why not have your students share their knowledge through video projects? Students can create video tutorials, silent films, screencasts, lip dubs, commercials, news reports, music videos, documentaries, movie trailers, video diaries, vodcasts, soap operas, stop motion films, machinimas, claymation, talk shows, and game shows. Keep reading to find many more ideas! In my digital book, Learning to Go, find editable handouts and rubrics for creating video projects. Additionally, find some ideas and tips below along with downloadable slides to get you and your students started.


  • Video production generally consists of brainstorming, creating, remixing, recording, editing, production, and the showing.
  • Before your students begin creating their videos make sure they consider their audience and know their video settings.
  • Storyboards help students brainstorm the characters, dialogue, plot, setting, props, background music, and special effects for their video projects. Find a storyboard your students can edit in Learning to Go.
  • Students can edit their videos with iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Youtube Capture, or WeVideo. They can edit videos taken with their mobile devices with apps like Splice for iOS devices and VidEditor. 
  • Some of my favorite video creation tools and apps for quick video productions, include Powtoons, Animoto, Educreations, ToonDoo, Touchcast, Instagram, Magisto, Popcorn Maker, Wideo, and Dvolver. Find the links to these free tools in the bookmarks below.

Free mobile apps for adding special effects, include Quo Movie FX, Creature FX, Action Movie FX, Game Your Video iOS app, iOS app, Foteo iOS, CineBeat by Smule, and @Video. Find these apps and more bookmarked in my Symbaloo of video tools.


Challenge: Get your students to create a short video this year and share their productions!


Find the tools listed above and many more resources in the bookmarks below:

Video Creation & Tools, by shellyterrell

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell),, and on her blog,, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at

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