MySimpleShow is a free tool that can be used to create Explainer videos. According to CommonCraft, explainer videos are “short, animated videos with a specific goal: understanding. They use clear and concise language along with entertaining and useful visuals. The video format can serve as a near-perfect package for presenting ideas, products and services in a form that not only explains, but also attracts attention.”
Creating the videos is quite simple. The program provides searchable artwork or you can upload your own. And, it runs great on Chromebooks!
In order to begin, log in and create an account using Google sign-on, Now you are ready to create a video. The website will walk you through four steps–Draft, Write, Visualize, and Finalize.
- First, decide if you are going to type the script for the video or if you want to extract it from a PowerPoint presentation. If typing your own, you will be asked to choose a storyline (or choose Blank):
- Second, you will type in your story. The storyline will divide it into manageable sections to make it easier.
- Third, you will choose visuals for the project. This part is interesting as the program will use the text from your script to pre-identify possible artwork for your project. You can use their artwork, upload your own, or use text. You can change what words are activators and add/delete images as needed.
- Fourth, you add your audio and finalize. You can choose a computer voice or narrate your own.
Once you finalize, it will take some time for your video to be ready to publish (expect to wait 15-20 minutes for the e-mail). Once it’s ready, you will receive an email and can publish directly to YouTube or Vimeo or you can download the MP4 file.
Each step has a video overlay that pops up and explains how to do the task. Be sure to watch each short video for specific instructions on each step.
Earn Your Badge!
- Create a 2-3 minute explainer video using MySimpleShow. You could be explaining expectations for a class, setting up a class activity, or providing instructions for how to do something related to your course or curriculum. Example explainer videos are here:
- Publish your video to your school YouTube channel. Link to your video page URL in the Submission box (be sure to highlight and link the URL and not just paste it below).
(Created by Tonya Skinner)