Using Video or Sound Devices

We have explored ways in which both, a video and sound recorder can be used in education and what things need to be considered when they are being used.



Things to consider when recording sound:

  • Background noise- minimum to ensure the speaker’s voice can be heard.
  • Storage of the device- is there enough to hold the recording you will be doing?
  • Malfunctions that may occur- consider beforehand with plans if anything does happen.
  • Position and distance of microphone from speaker- ensuring it picks up the voice.
  • Battery life- long enough to last for the specific recording taking place.

Ways of using a sound recorder in education:

  • Discussions
  • Interviews
  • Record lessons to remember information for future
  • Record any guest visitors in case any pupils missed something they said which pupils can then go back to and listen at a later time when they can concentrate(Stewart, 2012, online).
  • Presentations
  • Capture data outside of classroom
  • Practice and revision- record themselves speaking their notes out loud, to listen back to and revise from (King, 2016, online).



Things to consider when videoing:

  • Handling- tripod or handheld- ensure it is kept still and steady.
  • Type of shot- what will fit in the frame- plan what shots you will use beforehand.
  • Contrast- what’s in the background.
  • Before you pan, zoom or move onto another shot, hold the current shot for at least 15 seconds.
  • For a smartphone- hold horizontally.
  • Be prepared: have at least one spar battery that is fully charged (Broida, 2006, online).

Ways of using a video recorder in education:

  • Presentations
  • Role play
  • Teacher’s delivery so students can access this learning material at any point (Deakin Learning Futures Teaching Development Tea, 2014, online).
  • Question and Answer sessions
  • Discussions
  • Video their activities/tasks maybe as a journal of how they are doing something so they don’t have to write it (Teo, 2011, p. 71).


Reference List:

Broida, R., 2006. Life Hacker: 8 Ways to Shoot Video Like a Pro. [Online]
Available at:
[Accessed 26 02 2018].

Deakin Learning Futures Teaching Development Tea, 2014. Using audio and video for educational purposes. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 20 02 2018].

King, M., 2016. Edutopia: 4 Ways Audio Recording Can Boost Classroom Learning. [Online]
Available at: [Accessed 20 02 2018].

Stewart, D., 2012. Teach Preschool: Teaching in the Digital Age: Using Audio Recording to Capture Powerful Moments. [Online] Available at: [Accessed 20 02 2018].

Teo, T., 2011. Technology Acceptance in Education. Rotterdam: Springer Science & Business Media.

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