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What I Learned From My 1st Year Teaching On Skillshare

teacher avatar Anne LaFollette, Surface Pattern Designer & Coach

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8 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Picking a Topic

    • 3. Getting Organized

    • 4. Tech Tips

    • 5. Additional Assets

    • 6. Be Brave

    • 7. Final Thoughts

    • 8. Bonus Lesson Screenshare & Video Editing

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About This Class


Join me and learn my best tips, techniques and advice for how to get started with your first (or next) class on Skillshare.

I've been teaching on the platform for about a year and want to give back by sharing what I've learned with you.

We'll cover:

  • Picking a theme
  • Getting organized
  • Tech tips
  • Additional assets
  • Being brave! and
  • My final thoughts

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Anne LaFollette

Surface Pattern Designer & Coach


Hi everyone!

I'm Anne and it's nice to meet you!

After a long career in the corporate world, I got laid off! Instead of seeing that as a disaster, I decided it was a sign that it was finally time for ME. I dusted off all of my old art supplies and a new career in surface pattern design emerged! 

I love to create pretty patterns and share what I love through teaching!  Sharing my tips and techniques with students here on Skillshare brings me great joy.

I'm also LIVE on Facebook every Wednesday at noon PST. You can set a reminder for yourself to join me HERE.

Email me at anne@annelafollette.com and tell me your story. I'd love to help you get started in surface pattern design. 

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1. Introduction: Well, hello there I am and low folate. And I am so excited about this new skill share class because I have been teaching on skill share now for about a year. And I thought it was about time for me to do a class about what I've learned and what some of my insights are. Some of my tips and techniques and anything else that I thought might be helpful for you to know if you were thinking about doing your first class or already have one up and running and would just like some advice from a fellow teacher. I am a surface pattern designer and online coach, and I help people turn their doodles or their sketches into beautiful riel products like wrapping paper or fabric or all kinds of different things. And I have been teaching unskilled share for about a year now, and I just thought it would be really fun for me to come on and do a short class about what it is that I learned. What are some of my tips and techniques that might help you, and mostly to provide you with incredible encouragement, because if you can get your first class up and running. And if I can, I know you can. Then you will be on a roll. It's always hardest to do the very 1st 1 but as soon as you get it up and running, you will have learned so much and you'll be able to create more and more from there. Let's get started, hit, enroll and I can't wait to see you in the next lesson Bye for now. 2. Picking a Topic: way. Welcome back in this lesson. We're gonna talk about picking a topic. I think that is the best place to start. And I have a couple of recommendations for you about picking a topic. My first recommendation is I think that it makes the most sense for you to pick something that you truly love. That you have a huge amount of passion around and that you would love to share with others . And the reason that I say this is because as you get into developing the course, figuring out how you want to outline it and a lot of the additional details that I will jump into with you in the in subsequent lessons here, the most important thing is that your energy and your passion comes through the entire class. And the best way to do that is to pick a topic that you love because you love to talk about it. You love to show people about it. You love to teach it, or you would love to learn how to teach it. And having a class on skill share about that topic is a great place to start. Now. One of the things that you may here is that as you want to develop an actual channel on skill share, that it's really important to pick a niche, meaning a particular area and kind of stick to that topic. And I just don't want you to get tripped up by that. I do think that's important because over time, as you develop a channel and you have more and more classes on skill share, you're going to want to become known for one particular area or a couple different areas. But at the beginning, I don't want you to get tripped up by that at all. The most important thing about picking a topic and getting started is just that it's getting started, and you were gonna learn so much through the process of picking your first topic and going through each of the steps. I'm gonna outline in the lessons after this one that it is going to be in a phenomenal experience for you and because it is a lot of work. You want to pick a topic that you love, and you enjoy spending a ton of time on that you love thinking about. You love to strategize about how to break it into bite size pieces. You love to demonstrate it or just talk about it. There's so many different ways to do classes on skill share that the most important thing is to pick a topic you love and to get started in closing. What I would also share is that when you check out my channel, you'll notice that I didn't pick just one topic. I am a creative and I have multiple interests. So my classes here on skill share run the gamut from surface pattern design. I teach surface pattern design on my own website and surface design. If you don't know what it is, it's taking your doodles or your cute little sketches and turning them into real products that you can then sell these air wrapping papers and I show you and teach you how to do that on Adobe. Illustrator and I have a couple of classes here on skill share that teach you how to do that. My most popular one is called from sketch to wrapping paper, so if you haven't checked that out, you should totally check it out. I think that was my second class that I put on skill share. However, I also really love to post on social media. And so I have two classes unskilled stare that are all about how to do a really simple and yet compelling video to post on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter or your other social media accounts. Teoh continue to attract your audience, and it's a really thought there to really fun classes. I think the very 1st 1 I put on skill share is obviously still up, and it's called Three Ways. How to Make your First Video in Three and three Easy Steps, How to make your first Video for Social Media and three easy steps, I think, is what it's called. And on again, I post on social media all the time, and my most popular posts are either time lapse videos of me doing work, or they are exactly what I demonstrate in that class. And then, lastly, I have, I think, three or four classes on watercolor work, learning how to do watercolor painting. I love to do watercolor painting, and so my point to you is don't feel a huge amount of pressure to figure it all out at this beginning stage. You can start with the class that you're super passionate about, you know, on a topic that you're super passionate about, and then you can get so much experience under your belt, and then you might want to try a different topic. It's also great to see what resonates inside the skill share audience who is being attracted to your class. And how might you want to expand upon that? So this lesson is all about picking a topic. So let me make sure that I'm reiterating that picking a topic is, of course, incredibly important. And you want to pick something that you're passionate about. Your passion is going to show through every single lesson that you have in the class and is gonna make people create. You're going to create this incredible connection with your audience because you love what you're teaching, so that is the most important thing. And then secondary to that is yes, you want to start thinking about your channel, but I would not worry about that in the early stages. The most important thing is to get a class up and running, learn all of the steps required to get it up on skill share and then move on from there. All right, so I hope that this was helpful. Let's move on, toe. Lesson number two where we're going to talk a little bit about organization and how a couple of tips and techniques that I have to share with you about how to stay organized to try to make this process as easy as possible. And, of course, skill share has great support documents to that. I'm gonna reference. Anyways, let's move into the next lesson. I will see you there and bye for now. 3. Getting Organized: Welcome back. This lesson is all about organization. And when you are doing your first or your second or your third skill share class, especially if you've already done some, you know that staying organized is absolutely key to making this process run really, really smoothly. And if this is your first skill share class, it's even more important to make sure that you're leveraging some amazing tools. That skill share provides for you to help you with your organization. Now the first tool that you'll want to check out is in the learned tab. Skill share has an outline, and the outline is phenomenal because it helps you figure out what you want to call your course. It has the ability for you toe figure out well, How many lessons do I wanna have in my course? What are the topics for each one of those lessons? And then how do I want to teach each one of those lessons in this class? I am doing everything direct to camera, meaning that I am on the camera talking directly to you. I will have a little bit of B roll that I'll explain in a minute. But for the most part, I am just coming on live using my iPhone and talking to you directly. Many other courses on skill share, some of which you may have taken, use a combination of direct a camera like this and then demonstrations. So, for example, when I am doing one of my courses on surface pattern design, I do a lot of demonstrations where I'm recording my screen because I'm showing you how to use Adobe Illustrator. Now, from an organization standpoint, what's important is to just think through strategically. How do you want to potentially mix things up? And then also, how do you want to chunk up your material into bite size pieces? There are some statistics in the industry today that report that our attention spans are getting shorter, shorter, which is probably no surprise, given the bombardment of Social media and Netflix and so many different ways. You can interact with information today because you've got this computer in your pocket, which is your phone. So from an organization standpoint, the advice that I have is you want your videos to be fairly short. It actually is very helpful for students to be able to go through your material and bite size pieces with videos that are between five and seven minutes long. If you're doing a complicated demonstration, no problem. Of course, you can go longer, and certainly I have lessons inside my portfolio that are 15 minutes long. But just have that in the back of your mind, because people are busy and it's great for them to learn and bite size pieces and then definitely utilize that form. It's a Google sheet that you could make a copy of that skill share provides to help you outline your course. Now, another tip that I have for from an organizational standpoint that was really helpful for me was, while you're filling out that form, don't forget to include other imagery or other materials that you were gonna wanna have on hand before you start recording. And so what I mean by that is the form itself helps. You've come up with the title. It helps you figure out how many modules do you wanna have? What do you want to call those modules? And then also what additional? What way do you want to actually teach? Do you want to teach director camera like this? do you want to teach with a demonstration eso that you're sharing your screen, or do you want to teach with a demonstration where you have the camera to the side and you're actually showing someone how to paint? You can use a combination of those techniques, but I always recommend that you try to keep it as simple as possible when you're first starting out. Because the most important thing and you're gonna hear me say this again and again is to get to the finish line and upload your course on to the platform and you're gonna learn so much in that process. And then, of course, you're going to see what the reaction is by students who are taking it. It's gonna be an amazing feeling of accomplishment to actually get the course finished. So try to keep it simple as much as possible. Either pick this type of an approach where you're just talking about your topic or mix in demonstrations using your screen or demonstrations where you have a camera on to the side where you're actually showcasing a draw, how you're drawing or how you're sketching or how you're painting the other thing from an organizational standpoint that has really, really helped me is to make sure that before I start recording, I have organized on my desktop the folders with all of the content I'm going to need. And what I mean by that is frequently. If you've watched some of my classes or if you do after watching this one, you'll see that I sometimes when I'm demonstrating something and you're seeing my screen, I will also include some slides. And the slides were intended to give you a sense of, Well, what are we going to be covering? It's helpful for people to visually see that in the form of a slide, as they're also hearing my voice. Describe what it is that I'm teaching, and that combination can be very powerful. And I want to make sure those slides air all ready to go, and they're in a folder that's going to I'm going to be able to access as I start to put together the video with the and he B roll I'm gonna be using, which we'll talk about in a second and also any slides that might be part of that lesson. So the biggest take away really is used. This the tools that skill share provides the Google sheet that you have access to is really , really helpful. Fill it out in detail. The more detail you can be the better, because it will make the recording process go really smoothly and then make sure that if you're building additional materials like cover images, slides that you want to include in particular lessons or anything else, like B roll, have that organized and have it organized by the lesson name. So it's super easy for you to find on your computer when you start to pull everything together. I hope that these tips have been helpful. We're going to move on to the next lesson, which is all about the tech, and I again want to emphasize that if I could do it, you can definitely do it. And I'm gonna give you some of my tips and tricks for how to handle the technology in the next lesson. So bye for now, I will be there 4. Tech Tips: Welcome back. This lesson is all about my tech tips for you. As you start to think about filming your course, the most important message I want to get across is that you should keep it as simple as possible, especially the first time through. You could always get fancy later. But my mantra is keep it simple. You can get fancy later and you really don't need a lot of fancy equipment. So I am sitting here in my living room and I have a stand that has my iPhone on it. And I just hit record on my iPhone and I'm talking to you. Once I finish this video, I am going to be ableto airdrop it up to my computer upstairs, and then I can edit it if I want. I can add either some B roll or potentially some slides, and I am then good to go toe upload that lesson to the skill share platform. So it's really, really simple. You do not need fancy microphones. You do not need fancy lighting. You really only need your phone and some type of a stand. I have to stands. I have a gorilla stand, which is a teeny tiny stand that I use when I want a film from the side. And then I have a hot, a taller stand, which is the one I'm using right now, and I'll show you pictures of both so that you can see them. Here's a picture of the guerrilla stand super easy to get on Amazon. I'll give you a link down below. It is, I think, $24 then the stand that is for either overhead filming or for the filming that I'm doing right now is a taller stand that is really adjustable. You can both film overhead and you can film directly like I am right now, and I'll give you a link to that one, too. The other thing is, lighting is important, and the best lighting is natural lighting. If you can sit in a place where you have a window in front of you, I actually I'm sitting in my living room and their windows all around me, but it gives me a really nice natural light, and I don't need any additional fancy lights. I have not invested in fancy lights, and you don't need to either, just so long as you have a window that you can sit in front off while you're recording. If you're doing a direct to camera version like I'm doing right now, you can invest in a microphone if you'd like to. I do use a blue snow. I think it's called a Blue Snowball microphone, and here's a picture of it. I connect this to the back of my desktop computer when I am recording when I'm doing a screen share, meaning I'm doing a demonstration where I'm actually inside the computer and I'm using Adobe Illustrator or I'm using I movie or I'm teaching you something in one of my courses, and that is helpful because you can get the microphone to be a little bit closer to you. The sound quality is a little bit better, but when I'm recording right now using my iPhone, I am just using the microphone that's built in to the iPhone. I might adjust it slightly when I am in the editing process, but again, you can keep it really, really simple to start and get fancy later. The other thing that I wanted to share with you that's a really fun tip is you can get free license free music from YouTube. I'm going to give you a quick demo now off. How to go onto the YouTube library and search for music that's free that you can download and include in your videos. It's really fun to find a piece of music that you either want to use over and over again. That's free. You don't want to infringe on anyone's copyrighting. And so YouTube has this whole library that you can access, and you can search different genres in it and let me show you that demonstration right now . So all you need to do is open your browser and type in youtube dot com forward slash audio library This is a fantastic free resource from music. Once you're in the audio library, you're going to see this interface, and it basically shows two tabs, one for free music and the other for sound effects. And you can sort your music by genre or by mood or by instrument or by duration. So you know that you're picking something that's gonna be long enough for your clip and also by attribution. In some cases, attribution is not required at all, and I generally will sort for that. So in this instance, I sorted by cinematic and inspirational. I found a clip that I really liked called Barton Springs, and you can listen to it by clicking on the little arrow. You just hover over the song you want on the right hand side and then download it and you can see that the clip is now in that bottom left hand corner and I'm just gonna drag and drop it onto my desktop. Now that we isn't that easy, it is like, so easy to find free music that you will absolutely have the right to use, and you can play around in there. You can pick a different genre, and you can either decide you want to include that during your introduction to your class or at the end of your class, the way I dio. I wanted to share that tip with you as we also talk about tech, and I will repeat it one more time, especially if this is your first class. Keep it as simple as possible because the most important thing is to reach the finish line and get your course up and running. You're gonna learn so much by taking this process from start to finish that it will be incredibly joyful. And you will feel such a sense of empowerment when you actually complete the class and it's uploaded and you get that email from skill share saying here is your referral link. All right, so I will see you in the next lesson and bye for now. 5. Additional Assets: welcome back in this lesson. I wanted to just share a couple of additional tips around other materials. You might want to gather for your class and also be role because I've mentioned B roll a couple of times and I just want to make sure that you all know what that means when I am outlining my course. I am definitely kind of zooming out. And I'm thinking about what are the techniques I'm going to want to use that are going to be the most helpful in teaching my course material to my students. And most of the time, that is either. Ah, lot of teaching that is directed camera just like this, where I'm explaining something. It also frequently contains slides so that you can see on the next page that I like to say , I'm gonna be teaching you about this topic, and then I'm gonna be teaching you also about this topic. So, for example, what you see on the screen right now is my lesson structure for this class is picking a topic getting organized tech tips, additional assets being brave and my final thoughts. So when you're thinking about having slides, you also want to make sure that if you already have a website or you have a business presence that you're using your brand colors, you're using your brand fonts. You're also using your logo so that you're continuing to ensure that your courses branded with your incredible materials that represent you and your brand now be role can be really fun. For example, when I am recording, I will sometimes make mistakes. And I might include those mistakes kind of like a blooper role at the end of a particular lesson just because it's kind of fun. And I think that it sort of humanizes the whole process. And one of the things is really important is for all of you to know its you're never gonna be perfect, right? You're never going to do a take that is completely perfect. They're gonna be too many arms or too many Oz, or you're gonna lose your train of thought, especially if you're doing direct to camera because I don't have a tendency to have super organized notes. I have a flash card in front of me that's reminding me what I want to cover as I go through with this particular lesson. But I am trying to really just talk to you and engaged with you and explain on the fly, and as a result, I'm gonna make mistakes. And sometimes it's fun to include those mistakes as b roll at the end of a lesson so that you're not taking yourself too seriously and your students can get more of a sense of what your overall personality is like. The other thing about B roll that's really helpful is that if you are, for example, introducing yourself and you want to at the beginning, when you're introducing yourself, you want to show your website or you want to show some of your artwork. You can take pictures of those and then use those is still photographs that you superimposed on top of your your voice. So when you're in the editing mode, you can have your primary film for your primary video clip that is inside I movie. And then, as you're going through the editing process, you can drag and drop some what's called B roll above that, so that when I, for example, talk about I'd love you to go see my website, it's called Anna Fallen Art Here's an image of what it looks like, and you're now seeing the quote B roll, which is an image of my website. And then, if I want to give a tour of the website to say, Please check out my blogger this week, I could also then have a bureau image that you're seeing right now, which is my blood this week. So that is also incredibly helpful. Toe both educate your students a little bit more about you and who you are. But also use it as a technique when you're actually teaching your material and to provide some additional visuals that are entertaining and that that mix things up a bit and make sure that students are getting a huge amount of value from what it is that you're teaching . So those are a couple of additional tips I wanted to share in terms of the materials. You might want to pull together some things you might want to think about and how to make a really compelling, compelling video. But remember the most important thing in the beginning, and I know I've said this a lot, but I'm going to say it again, is keep it simple. You could always get more complicated later. Or as I like to say, Keep it simple. You can get fancy later. All right, let's move on to the next lesson where I am gonna talk about putting yourself out there and getting over your fear of recording on video. All right, I will see you there. Bye for now. 6. Be Brave: Welcome back. This lesson is all about getting over our fear of recording ourselves on video, and this could be a really hard one. I have to say my first couple of classes if you go back and watch them or if you haven't watched them. My most popular classes called from sketch to wrapping paper, and I teach you how to take your cute little doodles and turn them into wrapping paper. I'm using Adobe Illustrator and it's a fabulous course. It's super fun, but you actually never see me in that course. I did not put myself on camera. You hear my voice? I introduced myself. I show you a little picture of myself, but I didn't want. I wasn't comfortable putting myself on camera. I'm 60 years old. I have just learned how to do this in the last year, but I had this voice in the back of my head telling me You're too old. People are gonna want to take your class if they know that you're 60 And of course that's totally ridiculous and totally silly because there's a huge population out there that is going to enjoy my course material. However, you may have a voice inside your head telling you I'm too young or I'm too inexperienced, or who am I to teach this topic? It's been taught by a 1,000,000,000 people before, and I am here toe encourage you that you are truly unique. I am unique. You are unique the way you teach the material. Even if someone else has already taught, it will be completely different. I like to use this analogy about our hand writing. Everyone's handwriting is completely unique. You're either right handed or you're left handed. You've either practiced a lot of calligraphy and have a beautiful handwriting as a result of investing hours and hours and hours in creating that beautiful output. Or you're like me and you are kind of I'm left handed, and so I'm always kind of pushing the pen across the page. My handwriting's not so great, but it's unique to me, right? It's unique to me, and it's recognizable as my handwriting. And that is what I want you to embrace is you think about either your next course or your very first course here on skill share. Nothing is new in the world. The artists who have been famous from the ages. They didn't invent what they did. They either took it in a different direction or they used different paints or they did different subject matter. But there is room for you, and whatever you're passionate about, you're going to teach it in a passionate and in a valuable way that is different from anyone else. So I have had those voices and still have those voices in my head. Please try to tuck toe to shut them off, or rather move them from a place where they're telling that you can't to a place where you are embracing the idea that you can. You are unique. You have something valuable to share. You're gonna share it in a different way. You're not going to do it in the same way as the other people who have taught that material . And so there's room for you and there's an audience for you as well. The people who I attract to my courses are different from the people who are attracted to other people who teach the same topic, whether its surface pattern design or whether it's watercolor painting or whether it's social media videos. So that is the most important thing about getting over our fear of even getting into a particular topic and teaching a particular topic. And then the second part of the fear is, if you have never been on camera before, it can be really nerve racking. But the thing is, is that you're only going to get better at it, the more you do it. So, like anything else when you first started out learning how to paint if you, for example, love to paint and want to teach about painting you became good at painting because you did it over and over and over and over again and you loved it. And as you got better, you loved it even more. And that is true about video as well. You just have to record yourself, and it's gonna be awkward if I go back. And I look at some of my earlier videos. I'm not very comfortable. You can tell that I'm not very comfortable and I'm struggling toe, remember what I'm gonna be saying next? It feels a little still. Did I? Maybe I didn't even have the lighting particularly set up correctly or very well. But I am here to tell you that what your students are going to care most about is your passion about the topic that you're teaching. And they're going to care most about how dedicated you are to them learning that topic and you providing it to them in bite size, really valuable pieces. And that is the most important message around getting over your fear and you don't have to do direct to camera to start out. A lot of teachers will start out and they won't be directed camera, just like I wasn't at the beginning, either. You can just record slides and then talk over those slides, and that is a great way to teach people are. That's a very effective method. You do not have to be directed camera until you feel like you're comfortable. I would highly encourage you to do direct to camera for your intro just so that people can start to get to know you and then maybe pop on again when you're saying thank you at the end so people can see you again. And then as you get more experienced, you could ADM or direct to camera videos inside your lesson. Inside your lessons in your course. So those were the two thoughts I wanted to leave with you here. One is Don't listen to that voice that is telling you. Who are you to teach this topic? It's been taught so many times before because you are gonna teach it in a totally unique and totally different way. And then also, if you're fearful of being in front of the camera, it will only get better with practice like anything else. The more you practice it, the more comfortable you will become. And I am here to encourage you every step along the way. I cannot wait to see your comments in the comments below. And I'm gonna talk to you about a very easy project that I have set up for this class that I'm going to talk about next. So I will see you in the next lesson and bye for now. 7. Final Thoughts: well, here we are at the end of this class. I am incredibly excited that you decided to join me. I hope that my tips and tricks and some of my strategies will be helpful to you. And my final thoughts are I would love for you to pick a topic for your next course, whether it's your first course or your next course, please post that as your class project. Super simple. Just share it with us so that I can start to get a sense of what are the beautiful topics that you want to pick for your first or your next class? And finally, what I would say is it is really important for you to embrace your own uniqueness. You have such an incredible value to bring to the world, and if you're passionate about about a particular topic, it needs to get out there so that I can watch your class and others confined you as well. The first class is always the hardest, but it is worth the effort. I have to tell you that when I was working on my first course, I leveraged all of the tools that skill share provides. I kept it really simple. It wasn't very long. I can't remember. It might have been 1/2 an hour or 30. Maybe it was 35 minutes. And the most important thing for me was I set a deadline that I had to get it done by a certain date and skill Share frequently is running these wonderful promotions if you published by a certain date. So look out for those promotions because that will provide you with an additional incentive to get your class up and running in order to achieve that award. My final thoughts are to remember that this needs to be fun. You need to bring your own personality to the table. You need to have fun while you're doing it. And if I can do it, you certainly can do it. And once you get your class up and running, you will get additional coaching from skill share about how to market your class because you're gonna want to tell everyone about it. It is going to be such a sense of empowerment, and you're gonna feel so incredibly proud of yourself for having accomplished this and then the sky is the limit in terms of being able to do other classes after you get the 1st 1 done. The 1st 1 is always the hardest, but it is worth the effort and I want to encourage you to get started right away. I am an Leffall. It and my motto is It's never too late to create. I would love for you to post your class project down below. Just tell me what your course topic is going to be. I cannot wait to continue to encourage you and check out my classes. If you haven't watched them already, I will be back again soon. And by for now. 8. Bonus Lesson Screenshare & Video Editing: welcome to this bonus lesson. I'm gonna cover both recording your screen or sharing your screen and also some video editing tips. So let's jump in. Well, hello there again. This is a surprise bonus that is brought to you by one of the students that watched my course yesterday. She sent me a direct message and asked me to pop on to explain what are the tools that I use when I have to share my screen? And as I mentioned in a prior lesson, a lot of what I teach is surface pattern design, and I use it will be illustrated for that. And so I have to share my screen to show the step by step process that I go through to make it more compelling and easier for my students to follow. So I wanted to jump on to make sure I actually was explaining how that works. So I am on a Mac and I have to programs that are totally awesome that come free with your Mac. One is called Quick Time Player, which is a record. Your screen AP and the other is I movie, which is an editing app, and both of them are free. So I am going to show you how to use quick time using some screenshots because I can't actually record myself demonstrating how to use quick time when I'm in quick time. So eso here are some screenshots to get you started. It's actually not very difficult. So the first thing is, you want to go to your bottom toolbar on your Mac and you want to click on the cue that I'm showing to you right now. When you hover over it, it says, Quick time player. Click on that and then the next screen that will pop up is actually just a view of your sort of desktop layout, and all you need to do is hit done, and then what you will see is up up in the upper left hand corner of your screen. You will see quick time player listed right next to the apple Icahn, and all you need to do is click on file, and what I'm showing you now is there's a drop down menu that pops up and you have three different choices, and what you want to pick is screen recording. Then this next pop up will show up where there's a red dot, which is probably very familiar to you. That is the recording button, and you can use your the voice recorder that comes with built into your desktop. You do not have to have a fancy microphone now. I did show you in an earlier lesson that I have a blue snowball mike. It is. It has a USB port. I can plug it into the back of my desktop, which is awesome, and I can make sure that it's inked with quick time so that I can use it when I'm recording . But when I was first getting started again, keep it as simple as possible. You can absolutely use both the audio from your iPhone, which is what I'm doing right now. As I'm recording this, I don't have any fancy Mike. I don't have a mike attached to my lapel or anything like that. I'm just using the audio that comes with the iPhone and then when I actually am recording on quick time, I am also just using the audio that comes with your desktop. When you click the red button, it won't immediately start recording where will happen next is, you'll get this message that you now see on your screen that says, Click. If you want to record your entire screen or click and drag. If there's only a portion of your screen that you want to record, you can make that selection. And then as soon as you do that you were are going to see a black button up in the very, very top menu bar area. And that's what I'm showing you right now, and that is gonna turn from being great to being black when you are actually starting to record. When you're done recording, all you need to do is click on it and then you will get a pop up off your entire recording , and you just need to click on the red dot in the upper left hand corner so that you get the menu that allows you to give it a name, and that is actually how you save it. It feels like you're closing it, but you're not. You're actually activating the pop up menu that will allow you to give it a name and then hit the blue. But in that says save and you were good to go now, a couple of quick tips about quick time in just two settings that I highly recommend that you do. The first is you should turn off notifications on your computer because I made the same mistake a lot in my early classes where I didn't turn notifications off. And then I'm record in the middle of recording, and these notifications come across the upper right hand corner of your screen on a Mac. It was like a YouTube update, or it was an email coming through or something else was happening, and that could be very distracting to students. And so, in my early days, I was horrible at remembering to turn off notifications. So that's one tip I would share with you. The other tip is, if you want to make sure that you're just maintaining privacy on your screen, and you don't want people to be able to see any documents that you might have open in the background or some kind of a folder system that you might have on your desktop, you just want to make sure that if you are for example, teaching Adobe Illustrator and you have opened Adobe Illustrator on your screen. You just want to make sure it's maximized and that it doesn't have to be Adobe illustrator . Whatever you might be teaching. If you just want to make sure that nothing that's on your desktop is visible to your students, you just have to maximize whatever that application is. And on a Mac, all you need to do is click the green dot to maximize it so that it fills your entire screen. So those are two really, really good tips when you get started with quick time to make sure that those the notification setting is turned off and that you know you're gonna want to expand the program that you're sharing or what you're teaching so that nothing in the background on your desktop can be seen Now I am not great at doing one take. I frequently have to edit my videos. In fact, I did every single one of my videos and that I do in my movie, which is the second program I mentioned that comes free on your Mac. Now I have a course here on skill share about how to use I movie. It's actually called create awesome videos for social media and three easy steps. Now you might not be interested in creating a video for social media, although I have to say they're super Super fund. But inside that class, I walk you through how to do a recording, how to bring it into the computer and open I movie. I show you how to edit in I movie, and they're also to bonuses that are a part of that class where I show you how to get free music, license free music that you can use. And I show you not only were to find a license free music but also how to add it to your video, which is Super fund. It can either be background music if you want, or mood music, or I record a lot of time lapses of the designs that I build my surface pattern designs that I build in. Adobe Illustrator and I turned them into a time lapse videos so that I could put them on Instagram, and they're less than a minute long. And I always like to pick sort of appropriate music to be playing in the background, cause I think it's really pretty, and you can check them out. If you go to my INSTAGRAM account, it's an HLA fallen art, and you can watch them just scroll through my feet and you will see a bunch bum. And I always try Teoh. I always spend extra time trying to figure out what's the best music to go with this particular pattern that I'm building. But in any event, go check out that class if you'd like to learn more about my movie, because I walk you through all the steps that you would need if you want to do editing inside my movie, all right. Well, first of all, thank you so much, Sherry. Want to thank her for telling me to come back on and tell you about these additional tips for quick time to record your screen? And I'm movie for editing. If you have a question that you want me to answer, or if there's something else you want me to dive deeper into, please send me a direct message as well. You can do that through any of my social media channels, either and a fallen art, which is my Facebook page or through Instagram, which is also an HLA fallen art and I would be happy to both answer you and then come back on and record another bonus. I hope you guys are all having a fantastic day. Please give this course a thumbs up because skill share definitely tracks classes that have lots of thumbs up. I would really appreciate it. If you want to give me a review, I would appreciate the feedback as well. And I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day. I always like to say in closing that I am Anil Fall it and it's never too late to create. Bye for now, I hope to see you again real soon.