Teachers, here are recording best practices and tips for creating teaching videos at home. When your living room is forced into service as your classroom and also your recording studio, follow these steps to make better teaching and lesson videos. More video recording best practices can also be found under SchoolTube University.
Lighting & Recording Best Practices
- Front light. Sit facing a sunny window or have a desk lamp pointed towards you about 3-5 feet away. Avoid back or bright overhead lighting.
- Find an easy-to-use app to record your device desktop, audio and camera image, like SchoolTube Express Capture or Screen and Audio Record. Another great tool is Screencast O’Matic.
- Remove personal items that you don’t want your students to see from the view of the camera – look behind you!
- Clean the camera lens and have it pointed at you, not the ceiling!
- Record from a quiet space with an uncluttered background.
- Make sure your device microphone works. A clip-on or extended mic is a good option.
- Take your time. Use the pause button on your recording app if you need to stop and collect your thoughts.
- DO NOT use a smartphone to record your PC screen (unless it is your only option. – See Capture advice above
- Be presentable. Treat virtual classroom like your real classroom.
When to Upload? Outside of School Hours!
There are 4 million K12 teachers in the United States, not to mention the millions of business people all forced to work from home. The demands on local and national and business systems’ internet connections are at their peak. For the highest quality service prepare your videos in advance and upload outside of school hours. Videos will load faster. Uploading after 3 PM local standard time is a good practice during this crisis with its extreme demands. This is the same as preparing for a face-to-face class, prepare the day before and everything will be fine!