Getting started with screen recording
Ever watched a YouTube video to solve a software problem? For example, ‘How do I set up Presenter View in PowerPoint? Well, you are watching a screen recording, also known as screencasting and video screen capture. This is a video recording with audio narration; not to be confused with screenshot/capture, which is a still photo. For educators, screen recording is ideal for: recording your presentations in a controlled environment, recording feedback on student work with real teacher presence, explaining course and LMS navigation, explaining and annotating images such as digital microscopy, radiology, graphics, as well as recording a digital whiteboard for hand drawn mathematics equations or diagrams.
At the end of this 90 min mini workshop you will have created and shared your first screen recorded video, and will be able to do it again.
Major features to be investigated
Structured into 6 steps, discussion and demonstration of pros and cons of
- Hardware – laptop/desktop vs mobile device
- Software – free vs paid
- Microphone – inbuilt vs USB
- Recording technique – record/pause segments
- Upload -video hosting
- Share - links
5 tables. 4 participants per table. Maximum 20 participants.
Mac users grouped together, and Windows users grouped together
Table group introductions, share experience with screen recording and intended uses, table group discussion and whole group Post-it notes .
Introduction and use cases.
Participants access free software.
Windows users: Screencast-o-matic or Zoom
Mac users: QuickTime
Demonstration and printed set up sheet
Settings for video, webcam, audio. Recording tips and techniques.
Individuals or pairs
Set up software, and microphone. Open one of your previous PowerPoint presentations or other resource, make a 2 sec recording of desktop screen.
Save, upload, share
Participants create a 1 min video, save and upload, share link by email with partner. Self critique and partner feedback using a structured framework.
Revisit how you might use screen recording in your teaching. Table group discussion and Post-it notes.
QR code to online survey on phone
Resources for distribution
We will be using free software, either inbuilt or accessed online. One page printed step by step guide.
Expectations and requirements of participants
You need to bring your own laptop to participate, or pair with someone who has. Although screen recording is possible on a tablet or phone, you will have to install different Apps.