Using the Smart Recorder for Lesson Development
Key Points for Screen Recording:
- Powerpoint videos, recorded presentations and lecture capture videos have become popular additions to educators' toolkits. These kinds of videos are all based around a recording of an instructor presenting content on their computer screen — commonly called a screencast or 'screen capture'.
- We see many educators recording presentations or their screen — and sometimes themselves (with a webcam) — as they narrate lesson content at their computer, and editing this screen recording into a video they share with their students.
- Screencasting offers educators a quick and easy way to produce 'show and tell' style video — great for explaining and illustrating a range of subjects.
- Research has show that students respond best to short, informational videos no longer than six minutes. Screencasts are fast to produce and consume, and tend to work best when they’re short and focused on a small number of concepts or ideas. While it's totally possible to capture an entire lecture–length presentation this way, the resulting video is more likely to be long and un–engaging.
- Keeping short, focused and to the point is best for this medium. Staying on topic and keeping things punchy will help make your content more memorable and will usually result in a more engaging watch.
- Studies by The Wall Street Journal published similar results as above; students lose interest in longer lecture videos and become distracted. If lectures are short or broken up by some kind of interaction (such as quizzes), then engagement is far higher.
- The main thing instructors can take away from these studies is that it’s certainly worth thinking about how to to break instructional videos into a series of shorter clips to maximize their students' engagement.