Video is becoming an integral part of today’s classrooms, mostly in the form of lecture capture where in-class lessons are recorded and then posted online for students to review as needed. There are a few different types of lecture capture solutions. Some are hardware based and include a capture device. Others are software or cloud-based. There are free, basic, software options that allow for screen capture and minimal editing and pricier options that provide greater editing capabilities and video database creation, among other things. The type of solution you choose depends on your needs.
Lecture capture technology is also used in the flipped classroom where teachers often record short videos on a specific topic in place of a formal in-class lecture. Students then watch these videos on their own. Class time is spent discussing the material or engaging in activities related to the recorded mini-lesson.
The challenge for tech managers is to find a solution that offers greater educational opportunities for students in K-12 classrooms, opportunities above and beyond traditional educational methods.
“The role of technology is to help you do something you couldn’t do before,” says Brian Bennett, former Chemistry teacher, Flipped Learning Network board member and Customer Solutions Engineer for TechSmith.
For Bennett, lecture capture technology allowed him to flip his classroom and create an educational environment that mirrored the working world, one where students had deadlines and the freedom to choose when and where to complete assignments rather than have a dictated schedule.
Tech managers also need to choose a solution that is user-friendly. Teachers have very limited time as it is and cannot afford to waste even a few minutes fiddling with technology. It needs to be intuitive. It’s also helpful to have easy sharing options. A solution with built in publishing capabilities can save valuable time. Of course, you can always download the video and post it yourself, but as Bennett points out, “the less clicks, the better.”
To help you in your search for the right lecture capture solution, we’ve put together a list of helpful features to look for. Click through the above slideshow to learn more.