Video Daily Devotions for Students

So I am on this constant crusade for Instagram to take over Snapchat. I’m not a fan of Snapchat for a myriad of reasons, so I am always trying to push Instagram to the forefront*.

When they added the very weird IGTV service I thought I would try it out and ran daily devotions for a while, but eventually I lost steam and moved on. Mainly because the tools I needed were hard and the devotions took too much time out of my day.

Fast forward to 2019 and I think I have found a solution to making daily devotions for my students, and I think you can do the same. Here is how it works.

  • You will need to start with some software and camera. I found for ease of use I would just use the front facing camera of my phone and would record in the portrait orientation that IGTV prefers. This lead me to an app called Videoleap. This let me record in portrait mode and export it to be used in IGTV
  • If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription Premiere Rush works even better, but without that subscription already it isn’t worth the fee.
  • Pick a daily devotion plan that your students can read. This month we are reading a chapter of Proverbs a day, but your plan can be any type of plan. The ones found within YouVersion’s Bible app are great.
  • Each day make a 1-3 minute video on something found in that reading.
  • Upload that video to the platform of your choice.

If you want to skip the editing process and you can always just do it live on the “story” of your choice too, but I have found editing it gives me a chance to fix some light mistakes.

I have been doing this all month, and have found that it takes about 30 minutes to read, come up with a quick take, record, and edit the videos. So it isn’t that taxing on my time and ads a new way to help reinforce what students are reading.

I think the next thing I am going to do is ask students to record their own thoughts. We will see how that goes!

*In so many ways Instagram is what I wish Facebook would be. Pictures of people doing stuff. I don’t follow celebrities so my feed is just my friends showing pictures of their day. The simple fact that you can’t share articles or rant about politics makes it nice for me.

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