Next course dates: July/ August 2024

Video Creation for Educators
An Introduction

If you want to develop your video making skills to generate income in a supportive environment. this group programme is for you!

Twelve years ago, I started an MA and as part of that, I got interested in making educational videos. This led, in January 2012 to launching my website, ELT-Training.
At the time, I really didn't expect much from it. I had a job that I liked and the video making was a bit of a hobby. An interest that earned me some pocket change. I didn't expect it to lead anywhere.
How wrong I was......
Over the past decade, making videos and video based courses has had a significant impact on both my professional and my personal life.
It's brought me great work
It was a significant factor in getting a fantastic job at Warwick University and the fact that I've put my head above the parapet as a teacher educator has landed me all sorts of work as a CELTA assessor, JCA, freelance CELTA Tutor and ELT Consultant.
It's brought me recognition
I've also been invited (and paid) to go to some really nice places to speak at conferences (and done a lot online!) and I put out a lot of free stuff which allows me to feel that I'm giving something back to the community.
It's brought me satisfaction
Do I feel appreciated for this? Yup -every day I get emails and messages on social media from people expressing appreciation for what I do. This always makes me smile. 
It's brought me freedom
Finally, and this really is the icing on the cake, my business has now grown to the extent that I can rely on the income it generates (significantly more than I used to earn at Warwick) and I'm now able to live and work wherever I want  - Greece, Italy and Australia so far! 
This is not a boast. I say it because I want you to understand how very powerful video making for education can be.
I know lots of teachers who are just as good as I am but  by making video and getting it out on social media, I have given myself a VoiCE and that's what's made the difference.

This is not a dream - you can do it, too.

Want to know how you can learn to make videos and change your life?

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Is this you?

You're fed up with your work situation and you want more freedom and control

The Video Creation for Educators programme can help
Video is the key to online courses that sell. VoiCE will help you to make awesome videos and show you how you can use your existing teaching expertise to build online courses that will sell while you sleep. This can start as a side-hussle hobby and build into something creative, interesting and lucrative. 
Work when you want and where you want.
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You've started playing around with video but you're stuck

The Video Creation for Educators programme can help
It's hard to get started on a whole new way of teaching. There's the technical side, the aesthetic side, the confidence you need. It's easy to just keep procrastinating. This course will get you up and running, producing the videos YOU need and can use for your courses and for promotion.
Get a flying head start on your video making
Is this you?

You already teach online but you're struggling to attract learners

The Video Creation for Educators programme can help
Learners buy into a teacher that they like and trust. Video connects with people in a way that text can't. Show your prospective clients who you are with professional looking video that will make them feel that they know you already.
Video makes learners much more likely to buy from you.
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Is this you?

You're a teacher being asked to put lessons online and feeling a bit lost

The Video Creation for Educators programme can help
Over the past two years, so much has gone online and teachers are being asked to make video often without any training Let me help you to create engaging video that your learners will love and you'll love making. Upskill and shine in your school. Become the go-to person for video knowhow.
Get noticed and get better work

OK, I get it. Video rocks. But why do I need this programme?

It's not easy to do on your own
I'd love to tell you that all of this has been a cakewalk, but of course it hasn't. It's taken me ten years to get where I am, and I've done it all myself by trial and error.

Isn't all this on the internet?

Clearly you CAN Google all of the information you need - it's out there BUT it'll probably take you quite a long time to find everything you need and work it out for yourself.

A great shortcut

What I am offering is help to you get to where you want to be MUCH faster. I have learnt so much along the way and I'm going to give you the benefit of all of the shortcuts that I know - what works, what doesn't work so well, tips, tricks and useful resources and tools that you can use to your advantage.

Stop thinking and start DOING!

The other HUGE difference that this will make to your progress is that committing to this eight week programme will ensure that you really DO something. That you stop procrastinating, stop worrying about how you will start and just take those first steps in a supportive environment that can lead you to creating something really worthwhile.

So, what will I actually ACHIEVE?

video for your context

Completely useable results - A flying start

Every week of the course, you'll work on a video that is useful for YOUR context and that you can use to generate INCOME. You can do this in two ways.
  • Promotional video for social media or your website that shows people what you do and CONNECTS you to your ideal clients. It'll help people to know you, like you, trust you and buy from you
  • Making video for online courses like I do. These will generate you a passive income and once they're made can sell for years.

By the end of the course, you'll have:
  • Videos actually ready to USE immediately 
  • A clear idea for where you want to take them to make MONEY
  • The motivation to keep going and FLY

I've seen video courses on Udemy and Skillshare. How is this different?

You can buy a self-access course for this but how far will it take you?

People who buy courses like that often do one of two things:
1) Buy it and never watch it
2) Watch it but never make any videos.

This is where VoiCE is different. 
You'll have:
  • Support in the weekly group meetings
  • Support in one to one tutorials with me
  • Support in the Facebook group
  • Someone you can ALWAYS ask (me!)
  • Motivation and confidence to make video every week
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A practical course for a practical skill

..and the support doesn't end when the course does...

You still have access to the online materials after the course if you want a refresher and you'll also still have access to our growing, vibrant private Facebook community. 
  • Want to get some feedback on new material- it's there.
  • Want to ask questions of the group or me - you can.
  • Want to be inspired by what other video-makers are doing- it's definitely there!
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have done?

Case Study 1

Nathan came to the course with IELTS teaching experience that he wanted to be able to capitalise on. He'd started playing around with video but hadn't got very far on his own. After a few weeks on the course, his ideas crystallised for the kind of online courses he wanted to make and he started making videos  for the first one. He also made this fabulous promo video - check it out.

He says
Find Your VoiCE' has been amazing. I think I'll look back to this time and realise that doing this course was life changing. It's been fun, manageable, challenging and rewarding. We're actually making real videos that we can send out into the real world and use whatever way we wish.  The best thing about doing this course is that you stop thinking about 'doing things' and instead actually do them! I highly recommend it.


Instagram promo video for Nathan's IELTS prep course
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Case Study 2

Sally is an experienced teacher and CELTA tutor and came to the course wanting to expand on her existing online business. At the beginning, she wasn't sure about the direction that she wanted to take, but with support in our one to one tutorials, she developed a course curriculum and videos that she's going to be launching later this year - go Sally! Here's an example of what she's produced.
She says
I would recommend anyone who wants to know how to create good quality, engaging and professional videos to do the course with Jo.  It is very empowering to learn a new skill and this course has done that for me.  Jo is fantastic.  She has made the course accessible to everyone so you can do it with some knowledge or no knowledge of making videos.  Don't hesitate - book it now.  Really, it could change your life. 

An example from Sally's '30 day motivator' course
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Case Study 3

Nicola had already started developing an online teaching business when she joined the VoiCE programme. She had realised that there are many English teachers whose first language isn't English who have a great level (C1+) but who want to continue improving their own vocabulary and so she developed a WhatsApp based course to help them.  VoiCE allowed her to take that existing idea and give it wings to make it fly with engaging video content! 
Check out her new website and the fabulous video material she has developed.

She says
Can't rave enough about this course with the wonderful Jo Gakonga. It was inspiring, enriching and great fun. Thank you to my great peers for sharing the experience and providing really helpful feedback. Highly recommend it! ūüėć
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Check out 'Lexicalship' (Nicola's website) here

What do you need?

No previous video making experience
You'll work and get feedback at your own level, so no problem if you're a complete newbie or if you've already started to 'dabble'.

A commitment to put in the work
You are going to see amazing results, but you have to put in the effort. I'd suggest that you will need to be able to devote about six hours a week to the course.

Basic equipment
Something to film yourself with - a phone or laptop will be just fine for this - preferably with a tripod or stand (these are not expensive). A reasonable microphone is also helpful but again, not very expensive. You need a stable internet connection to join the input sessions.

What will you get?

This is all about supporting you. You'll work in a private Facebook group, and have feeedback on your videos every week on Zoom in a small group (four people). There is online input for you to do each week at your convenience and and also one to one tutorials with me the course.

The course gives you the chance to work with a group of like minded individuals who will motivate and inspire you. If you can imagine a CELTA-type experience for video making, this is it. You'll work hard (nothing worth doing comes easily) and have the opportunity to learn from each other and talk about your own work with others.

I know from experience that this approach WORKS and you will make ENORMOUS progress with the practical approach of creating, reflecting, getting feedback and doing it all again...and again...and again.

..and as a bonus - FREE editing software

The course price INCLUDES LIFETIME ACCESS to Camtasia editing software (worth over ¬£200) - a powerful and intuitive package -and I'll be showing you how to use it!  You need to have a computer/ laptop with a high enough spec to use this. 

What do people who are doing the course say?

These videos were all made by course participants. I hope that they'll give you an idea of how much they got from working with me on the course, but also a flavour of the really wide range of ways that you can use video -  the choice is yours!
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What next?

Practical details...

Next course dates

May 21st to July 9th 2023

Contact me at if you want to know more or book a Zoom chat here - no obligation.

The investment for the course is £1485
You can also pay in three monthly instalments of ¬£549.

Price includes lifetime access to Camtasia editing software valued at £290

Interested? ... ready to give it a go?

Find your video VoiCE and change your life

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