As for videos that may enhance the learning environment for the kiddos I found this adorable video cast on school tube. Now I see two uses with this videocast. One, I could use it as an engagement piece. Get the kiddos excited for what's to come as we start our chicks unit. Two, I could simply use the as inspiration and document our own experience. Then I could post for parents to share what we have learned. Better yet, use the videocast both ways!
Podcasts are great for storing directions, and how tos. They are perfect for differentiated instruction. May even be a great tool for showing parents how a certain skill is being taught. In fact the videocast I created will mostly be used for small group, but also will be accessible to parents so they can see how we practice our spelling words at school.
However, the time that goes into making them is does not seem worth it for general class use. There are so many videos already made, such as subscriptions to brain pop. There is also study jams and many times I can find valuable videos on youtube. So unless there is something unique to my classroom (such as my spelling words) or I have in mind a specific use (i.e. small groups, documenting our learning) I will take advantage of everyone else's podcasts/ videocasts.
What do you need?
Equipment needed would be video recording device or camera for still shots. Microphones, which is not lacking in our building, however getting them to work with our ancient computers is another story. Then some kind of compilation software, whether movie maker or a storyboard program. Audacity (which is free) is very helpful for recording voice.