Have you ever wanted to capture part of your lesson quickly and easily? For example, you have just explained a new topic to the class and would like to make it available for them to see again or maybe you want to demonstrate how to do something on the computer. ActivePresenter is a free tool that will record your PC screen and your voice at the same time and produce a high-quality video for you to share.
ActivePresenter records what is happening on the screen so it doesn’t matter what software you are using – you could quite simply have a Word document open and be explaining the task for the lesson.
Here are a few examples of when you may want to use it (if you think of other examples please share in the comments section below):
- Creating a video for your class if you know you are going to be away – you can open up all of the relevant materials you’ve left with the supply teacher and explain what they need to do
- If you use any of the following interactive whiteboard tools; Active Inspire, Smart Notebook or OneNote to explain and draw new concepts – why not record it whilst you are in class doing it anyway. You can then share the video with the class and they can watch it at a time or place convenient to them, to help them revise or do their homework
- ActivePresenter records videos too – you could even record the class analysing a YouTube clip. Play the clip and pause it at the right moments to talk about it
- Maybe you want to show colleagues or parents how to do something on the computer – for example a video showing how to copy and paste pictures from the web, so that parents can help their children with homework
- You could record yourself doing a walk-through of an assessment paper – the class can then practise and revise at a time suitable to them
These are just a few examples, and I’m sure everyone will have their own ideas for when recording a lesson would be useful. Why not give it go!
Here is a how-to video and step-by-step guide to ActivePresenter:
Link to download ActivePresenter: