Do you find yourself explaining the same thing over and over? Try recording on a lightboard. A lightboard is a clear piece of glass that faculty write on while facing the camera. Students can see both your face and the diagrams and equations you are showing them. People often ask, “Do you need to write backwards?” Nope, the image is flipped electronically.
How to be heard in the classroom
According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, approximately 20 percent of Americans report some degree of hearing loss. There are some very simple ways to ensure your students will hear you. I will list a few below.
When recording a Zoom session (for example to record an office hours session or a screen capture demonstration) it is nice to have choices on whether the recording should be stored in the cloud (for easy sharing from Zoom or Kaltura) or to your local computer (for editing and higher resolution video). To choose cloud or local recording options, you can select the carrot icon next to the record button in the Zoom toolbar and choose where to record the video.
Videos, narrated screen captures, and audio files need three things to be accessible to all students.
- notes before the video referencing the topic and length of the video
- closed captions
If you have NOT created the content yourself and the original author has not included accurate captions, a transcript will suffice. NOTE: You can NOT rely on YouTube automatic captions.
This is a great video that shows different tools that help you to do visual recording on the iPad. Her visual recording style is interesting and engaging, too! If you want to put together a quick and dirty demonstration of a topic, thoughts around an example, or cartoon-like demonstration for your class, this is an excellent place to start.