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:
- 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).
- 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:
- 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
- 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).
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Stewart, D., 2012. Teach Preschool: Teaching in the Digital Age: Using Audio Recording to Capture Powerful Moments. [Online] Available at: https://teachpreschool.org/2012/06/28/teaching-in-the-digital-age-using-audio-recording-to-capture-powerful-moments/ [Accessed 20 02 2018].
Teo, T., 2011. Technology Acceptance in Education. Rotterdam: Springer Science & Business Media.