3 ideas for recording video in class

  1. Use apps that are built in - the camera app in video mode

  2. Signpost content - know when the content you want to record is coming

  3. Get others to do it - get students to do it for you

Using video in your teaching can potentially save you a lot of time... especially if you don't have to go out of your way to record all that extra content.

Having tried so many different apps, ways of working, and methods for scripting videos... its often easier to just not do it (and look online for someone that has!). As someone who loves to pull things apart, procrastinate and then move onto the next thing, its really important for me to have something that has a low barrier to entry. A work flow that is so simple and quick, that its perhaps harder not to do it!

1. Use apps that are built in

There are soooo many site and blogs out there that will give you a crazy long list of various apps that are good for this and that. Quite often I get bogged down in the research, spending hours comparing each for its merits and disadvantages, without actually doing anything productive (or that will save me time).

My first tip is to use the apps that come with your device. Designers and programmers have long "development paths" they have walked along, 

2. Signpost Content

This is a weird term, but basically boils down to knowing when you are going to want part of your lesson recorded.

In working with trainee teachers, a lot of time is spent on planning and working out the strategy for the lesson. By thinking about which parts of the lesson you might be giving out gems of knowledge (that really need to be remembered) these are the points that you need to signpost to yourself (and perhaps the students - see point 3) for recording.

At the signposted points in the lesson it is the ideal time for you to record those little extra bits, the conversations, the content where you give background or context to an idea. Any point in your teaching where you add padding or explanation... this is the bit you need to signpost.

3. Get others to do it

Recently I worked with a few teachers who were complete technophobes...perhaps not a bad thing. They didn't want to experiment too much out of their comport zone, in fact they panicked at the thought of failing in front of the students. 

When we looked at ways around this, it was simple to 'flip' the issue back onto the students. Rather than the teacher recording themselves in front of the class, it would be easier for the students to do the recording.

This actually meant that (as long as the teacher allowed) students could record sections of the lesson that they could refer back to later. This worked exceptionally well for A Level students. In fact when asked, the students were shocked that they hadn't thought of it sooner! The teachers were then free to suggest parts of the lesson that covered new ground, and students could capture the conversations using their devices.

The same can work for support staff. In a recent school I worked with their support staff were really keen on helping develop learning materials. This is the ideal resource for teachers to tap into! 


To round up then, keeping it simple works really well. By simply; using the built in apps, thinking about when you might want to record (and not recording and editing everything), and having students and support staff capture your content for you, you will find you can create excellent resources for your learners to reflect back on when you're not around. 

Give it a go! I'd be really interested to hear how you get on! Comment, drop me an email, or get in touch on Twitter or Instagram!

James Hannam