Before you give your teaching tip, think about your goal for the educational vlog that you will submit. Decide how to best share your teaching suggestion with other teachers and parents.


When you share, be sure to introduce yourself. Describe who you are, what you do, and a bit about yourself. Keep this section very brief.

When submitting your educational teaching tips & recommendations:

  • Think about this question: "What is the purpose of my vlog?"
  • Make your Vlog brief, 2-4 minutes maximum.
  • Share why you think your topic is important.
  • Make it fun and inspirational!


We're here to help, and we're grateful that you've chosen The Margaret Byrd Rawson Institute to share your teaching tips & recommendations.

Guidelines for Shooting Your Vlog: 

To help you give your teaching tips & suggestion effectively, we have created some simple video shooting guidelines for you to follow:

  • Use an iPhone or Android smartphone, iPad or Android tablet, a good-quality camera phone, or a video camera.
  • Please capture the video of your story in landscape mode instead of in portrait mode. (See example below.)
  • A 16:9 aspect ratio is preferred over 4:3. This is in the options on your smartphone or camera. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to change it.
  • When possible, shoot where there is bright and even lighting. (Daylight coming in a window is great)
  • Make sure that there is no background noise. If you're inside, TV/radio/phones should be turned off, and there should be no noise from people or pets. If you're outdoors, ensure that it's not windy, that you're not near roads with traffic noises, and no other people are talking/yelling.
  • Keep your background clean and tidy. If you're inside, shooting in front of a blank wall or a clean room with minimal furniture is ideal. Please check that there is no clutter. If you're outdoors, choose a nice view as the background, such as a tree, a park, a mountain, or a large rock.
  • Point the camera straight on, not angled upward or downward.
  • Hold the camera as steady as possible. Use a tripod if you have one.
  • If you are familiar with the "rule of thirds", this is preferred when composing the shot. (See examples below.) You may also center yourself in the shot if the rule of thirds is difficult.

If you are holding the camera:

If you don't have another person to help you, you may use the selfie mode on your smartphone to take the video. Please keep it in landscape mode. You can then just ask yourself the questions, and we will edit that part out. Come from the heart with your response and be genuine!

If you have someone holding the camera for you:

If possible, have another person hold the camera for you. If you want, the person filming can ask you the questions, interview-style. This style will allow the conversation to flow more naturally than you trying to memorize a script.


If you have more than one teaching tip you want to share:

Please separate into different vlogs. Our goal is to ideally have each video be 2-4 minutes long and focus on a specific teaching tip.


Don't worry about being perfect:

We may edit the video once you send it to us, so it's okay if you have a few pauses, you say "um" a few times, or you want to restart and reflect over again. Speak clearly, loudly, and confidently. Make eye contact with the person interviewing you, not the camera. If you are filming by yourself, just focus on a spot on the wall behind the camera to look at, as if you were looking at a person.

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