Malaysia’s Favorite Online Teacher Shares Tips For Setting Up Your Own Home Studio

ByMike V. Cooper

Nov 20, 2020

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As the Covid-19 pandemic puts the world on hiatus, teachers love Cikgu Siti Faridah Matt went above and beyond to keep students engaged and educated by bringing their classrooms into the 21st century.

Cikgu Siti Faridah has become Malaysia’s favorite chemistry teacher with her viral educational videos broadcast live from her own home studio during the Movement Control Order (MCO) period.

From simple online courses to video conferencing applications like Zoom to have his own Youtube channel with over 1,000 subscribers, the Cikgu says it is eager to discover new ways to better deliver lessons and provide students with alternative platforms to learn using her self-created videos.

(Share YouTube / Cikgu Siti)

Hoping to inspire educators and content creators to take on the role of digital guru, Cikgu Siti shares some of the gadgets she’s spent her own money on to set up her online learning studio.

Video

The most important part of an online video channel is having a decent camera to capture quality footage for the audience.

Apart to teach oneself How to create and edit his own videos, Cikgu Siti had spent around RM430 for a high definition (HD) webcam to use for his lessons.

HD webcams or “StreamCams,” as some companies call them, are compact and specially designed for vlogging or live streaming content. Most of the high-end models are also capable of capturing 4K videos.

(Twitter / SitiShare / Instagram / faridahmatt)

Alternatively, creators can also turn a simple smartphone into a webcam by using free software from the internet and purchasing a tripod or selfie stick to set it up.

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(Twitter / SitiShare)

audio

As any good player would tell you, having great sound is essential not only in intimidating situations, but most importantly, having clear communication with your teammates or even your enemies.

For less than RM60, anyone can buy quality and comfortable earphones or headphones with built-in microphones. Some of the bigger and more expensive “gaming headsets” even come with features to cancel unwanted noises and sounds that can interrupt your game or video calls.

But for those looking to keep their head clear of obstacles, Cikgu Siti suggests the use of professional standing microphones or a portable clip-on mic which can be purchased between RM30 and RM60.

(Twitter / SitiShare)

Lighting and background

The trick to making striking videos is to always have great lighting and an interesting setting to keep viewers engaged and entertained.

With the right equipment and a little ingenuity, Cikgu Siti shares that anyone can turn even a dusty closet into a fancy recording studio using portable studio lighting kits and a “green screen” canvas. less than RM400.

But for those looking to save ringgits, some inexpensive LED lights or the more commonly used “diva” ring lights are great for lighting up your videos for as cheap as RM20.

(Twitter / Instagram / SitiShare / faridahmatt)

At first glance, Cikgu Siti had spent around RM4,000 to complete his home studio setup. Be sure to check out his full shopping list on Twitter.


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