In this module, learners will be introduced to and practice using the Promethean Screen and Sound Recorders and learn about options for share recordings. Completion of this module is expected to take about 15 minutes.
1. View Tutorial
In this two-minute tutorial you will be introduced to the screen recorder and the process for making a recording.
2. More About Screen and Sound Recording
You can use the Screen Recording and Sound Recording tools while at the computer or at the board.
If you are recording at your computer and it has a built-in microphone, no other equipment will be needed.
If you are recording at the board or computer without a built-in mic, you will need a microphone. A headset microphone, or any other computer microphone with an 1/8" (3.5mm) mini-connector will work. At the board, plug the microphone into the jack that is labeled "MIC to PC." A USB microphone can be used as well. Plug the cord into the USB port on the Promethean Board and the microphone will work as it would if plugged into the computer's USB port.
If you don't want to see the recording tools during video playback, you can hide them. Select 'Edit/Profiles/Settings' then 'Recordings.' Next, check the box that says "Hide screen recorder toolbox whilst recording."
Select 'Fullscreen recording' to capture the entire flipchart.
Select 'Sound recording' for audio only. Before recording, you will need to tell ActivInspire where you want the completed recording to be stored. Select 'Edit/Profiles/Settings' then 'Recordings.' Next, check on the drop down menu that says 'Sound recordings'. If you select 'Add to flipchart' the sound button will appear on that page. If you select 'save to disk' the audio file will be saved on your computer. Clicking 'both' will send the audio to both locations.
3. Practice Making Screen and Sound Recordings
At the board or a computer, practice making screen and sound recordings. Remember, you can access the recording tools through 'Tools/More Tools/Sound recorder and Screen recorder.
If you are using a PC, the file will be saved as .avi. If using a Mac, the file will be saved as .mov.
When you have finished a recording, open the movie/audio file so you can see how it turned out.
Note: Sound quality of your recording will only be as good as the microphone you are using. If you have more than one type available, consider trying different ones to see which gives you acceptable sound quailty. If you don't want to pick up room sounds a headset microphone will work well. If your goal is to include classroom sounds, a desktop microphone may serve your purposes well.
Screen Recordings, like any other digital file, can be shared by sending them as an e-mail attachment, putting them in a shared network folder, or in a digital drop box.
Screen Recordings, like any other video file, can be uploaded to YouTube and shared via a link or by embedding. For school use, it is recommended that YouTube videos be shared with students and shown in class via SafeShare.TV link (http://www.safeshare.tv/) instead of accessing the video directly from YouTube.