From Librarian to YouTube Star…?

Today’s Contributor: Andrea Houdek is the Librarian and Campus Innovation Connector at Houston Elementary.

Wow!  I never thought being a YouTuber was worth all the hype. I mean seriously how hard could it be?  Courtesy of COVID-19 I found out. And let me tell you there was a sharp learning curve. Thankfully I have in house tech support from my high school Senior who once declared “ I’ve finished YouTube! Now what?” 

In the beginning when information was being thrown at us left and right I thought YouTube would be an easy way to share stories with my students. I found info on how to set up a channel the AISD way here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rL24Tl7D91Fzby3LgfOOOZuhgxzruyBTrRJlPRJYyJY/edit?usp=sharing

This info was great, but I’m a beginner to making video content.  Screencastify didn’t give me enough time to finish a book and “talk” to the students. Loom wasn’t intuitive. I could only see a circle of the entire product while filming.  At the end of my rope, my son stepped in and calmly helped me find a way to capture the storytelling experience. Keep in mind my school issued laptop is a refurbished 2013 Dell Latitude.

  1. Click on the Windows Icon in the lower left hand corner of your screen.
  2.  Find “Camera” and click on it.
  3. When the camera opens you’ll see a video camera on the right hand side toolbar. Click to begin making your video.
  4. Your video will be in the camera roll in the bottom right hand corner when you are finished.
  5. Open up your YouTube channel and load your video.  

Now I am able to share storytime with my younger students who haven’t been issued technology yet. Most parents have a smart phone which allows students to see me read them a story like in the times before COVID-19…almost.  

I welcome easier, more elegant ideas.  Please share them with me in the comments.  Until we meet again, “May the odds be ever in your favor”.

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