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How To Create Your Own Online Video Resources Part 2

If you’ve been involved in education for any length of time you will probably have acquired a whole range of computing skills.  Just consider for a second – you are probably very proficient with a range of software applications including Word, Excel (those dreaded spreadsheets!) and Powerpoint.

You will also have had experience in using PCs (or Macs), laptops, netbooks, and possibly i-pads, dataloggers, etc.  I’m sure that you could extend this list much further.

The key point here is that you probably already have all the skills that are required for creating online teaching resources.   However, you may be lacking some of the hardware or software items that really will make your videos zing.

In this second part of my ‘Create Your Own Online teaching Resources’ series I go into detail about just what you need to acquire in order to get started.  And the best thing about my list of resources is that you can get started without any expenditure whatsoever!

Just click on the image above or the link below to watch the video, and don’t forget that you can contact me at any time if you have any questions.   In the meantime …

Keep dreaming those big dreams,

Graham

How To Create Your Own Online Video Resources – Part 2

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How To Create Your Own Online Video Resources!

Online educational video resources are becoming very big business, and as a teacher you are in a perfect position to start producing quality videos, and hopefully you can launch yourself from the classroom into a new and exciting business.

I just love producing educational videos, and over the past couple of years I must have produced several hundred.  For anybody who has ever put together a Powerpoint presentation, putting together a simple video is relatively straightforward.  Cost also shouldn’t be a limiting factor, and I can show you various necessary tools that won’t cost you a penny – all you need is an idea and a little time!

To really help you get started with your online video business I have put together a series of videos – ‘Create Your Own Online Teaching Resources’ – and you can access these videos for free just by clicking on the links at the top or bottom of this post. Read more…

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Give Your First Product Away!

Hopefully you’ve now taken on board the fact that as a teacher you have a range of skills that you can utilise, and you don’t have to quit teaching for a job stacking shelves in Morrisons (unless that’s your ambition).

If you’re considering getting in to this internet business thing (and why wouldn’t you?), then the first thing to do is to get yourself known.  In internet marketing terms we call this building your list.

In my previous post I suggested that you could set up a revision site.  Have you done your homework and had a look to see what else is available?  If you have, then you should have some ideas of what you want to do, and how you can improve on what’s already out there.

Don’t try to build your grand product before creating an internet presence.  The first step is to develop a simple site, perhaps along the lines of my science revision video site (see www.sciencerevisionvideo.com), attract potential customers with an exciting free gift, and then start to build your list.

This will not happen overnight – you’ve got to start small, be patient, and develop over time.  Eventually, when you’ve developed a substantial list you will be able to launch your grand product and start making some serious money.

So how on earth do you get started?  Building a site and creating a product to give away sounds rather daunting, doesn’t it?  Well, help is at hand.  May I suggest that you visit my main site at http://www.easierinternetmarketing.com/ and have a browse through the training videos on the right hand side.

If you want to create a website from scratch then I recommend that you have a look at the Blue Griffon Training Video series.  Alternatively, you may prefer to create a blog, which in many ways is significantly easier.  If so, then have a look at the WordPress Training Videos.

So many resources to help you – what are you waiting for?
Sit down with a cup of coffee and start browsing through the training material – getting started on the internet is probably much easier than you thought it was.  Any problems, just drop me an email via the Contacts page.

Have fun!

Graham

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Develop A Revision Site

Have you had a thought yet about how you can use your teaching skills?  As an experienced teacher, you have much to offer.  So before you quit teaching to follow a career selling bathroom products or stacking shelves, just take a few moments to reflect.

You are multi-talented, so don’t squander all that experience.  Consider what you could do to ease your progression away from the chalk-face.

One possibility would be to develop a revision site for your subject.  Yes, there are already lots of revision sites out there, but think laterally, and try to make yours stand out.

For example, take a look at my science revision site:

http://www.sciencerevisionvideo.com

It’s a very simple site, but it’s already attracting hundreds of hits on the videos.  The future is in videos, and that’s where you should be going.  Havn’t got a clue how to get started in this adventure?  Then don’t worry, because here at the Quit Teaching site I will be providing everything you will need.

To begin with, have a look at my site and at other revision sites on the internet – what could you do that would be different?  My site is not the end product.  I’m developing a much bigger product, but the www.sciencerevisionvideo.com site has been produced to whet appetites.

When my major product is launched over the next couple of months I will already have an interested market.  Do you begin to see the process?

We have much work to do together, so watch this space!

Graham

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What Else Can Teachers Do?

OK, so now we’re back in business with the Quit Teaching site, I’m going to start drip-feeding you with some ideas as to what you could do if teaching in the classroom no longer rings your bell.

First of all, if you’re considering alternative employment paths, why not take stock of the skills you currently have?  You are a teacher.  You can teach.

Think about all of the ways in which you could use your teaching skills other than in the classroom.  One way is to produce materials for others.  One area of education that will be BIG in the years to come is the concept of ‘flipped’ or ‘blended’ learning.  Never heard of this?  Then follow this link to an article I have written on the very subject:

Flipped Learning – Making The Most Of Your Teaching Time

Read the article and think.  What could you produce to help teachers and tutors make the most of this approach?  Spend a few minutes brain-storming, and I’m sure you could come up with a few ideas.  Read more…

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Quit Teaching Is Back!

After a prolonged absence due to reasons I won’t bore you with at the moment, it’s great to say that Quit Teaching is back in business and raring to go.

It’s time to take the gloves off and really get down to business.  I’ve got loads of great ideas to offer you alternatives to the chalk-face, and I also want to hear about your needs.

So here’s the offer – just send me your questions via my Contact page and I will endeavour to put together whatever resources are required.   Fancy a career in internet marketing? – I’m going to show you how you can put your teaching skills to great (and profitable) use.

Keep checking this site for updates!

Best wishes,

Graham

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55+, and struggling!

Does this resonate with you?  You’re in your mid-fifties (or they are fast approaching), and the pressures of teaching just seem to be increasing inexorably.  Despite your huge experience the school doesn’t see you as a valuable resource to be tapped, and instead you are expected to teach a full timetable.

You may be considering your options.  A key starting point is to consult with senior colleagues, or even your headteacher.  It’s important they know how you feel, and they may be able to offer you alternatives.   Read more…

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Am I One Of The Walking Dead?

How colleagues perceive us can be both illuminating and challenging.  As a 50+ teacher, do my colleagues see me as experienced and dedicated, or do they see me as a career blocker who is merely counting the days until retirement?

In the most recent issue of the TES a younger colleague describes how he glimpses his future.  In his school he has seen the walking dead – the retirement chasers who ‘skulk about the corridors unable to make eye contact for fear of bringing on a heart attack or a stroke, or of dropping dead on the spot’.   Read more…

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Pensions Are Not All They’re Cracked Up To Be

“They holiday all year round, have yachts moored in marinas, and belong to the most exclusive golf clubs.  And they do it all at the taxpayers’ expense”.

If you’re a retired teacher, do you recognise this description as given in the TES Magazine (2/9/11)?  You’re supposed to be living the high-life, and drinking champagne every day.  The Daily Telegraph paints a really rosy picture of what it’s like to be a retired teacher – “a teacher on £32,000 a year … can retire with a pension equivalent to having built-up a private sector pension pot of £500,000 – 20 times higher than the average”.

But let’s get a reality check here.  The TES reports that whilst retired teachers are not on the breadline, neither are they living in luxury either – “many have taken up other jobs or part-time supply teaching in the early years of their retirement”.   Read more…

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Increase In Private Tutoring

If you read the UK educational press (i.e. the Times Educational Supplement – and not just the jobs section!) you may have come across an article this week about private tutoring.  Despite the world-wide economic recession and daily reports of financial doom and gloom there is an increasing demand for private tutors – in 2005 18% of students countrywide received private or home tuition compared with 22% in 2011 (source – TES).

Demand for tuition varies across the country, and also according to the subjects required:-

• 43% of students in London have received some tuition

• The South East region is second with 28%

• Yorkshire and Humber is lowest with 11%                      Read more…

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