Recording a Presentation
We’ve broken presentation-recording/uploading/sharing into three major steps, which we then break into smaller sub-steps that take into account the variety of hardware/software combinations students may employ for class.
Step 1 – Create your presentation
There are a number of tools you can use to create a slideshow presentation. You are most likely to have used Microsoft Powerpoint in the past, and it remains one of the best options. However, you can also use the free Google Drive app, Slides, for which you can find a tutorial here.
Creating slides for an online, recorded presentation is the same as creating slides for a presentation that you would give in a physical classroom. You will need printed or handwritten notes to refer to while you’re giving the presentation, and you will want to be mindful of any time restrictions laid out in the assignment instructions.
When you’ve created your slides and written out your notes, you’re ready to present and record the presentation.
Step 2 – Present and record your presentation
The application we suggest using is the free version of Screencast-O-Matic. Here is a video of an instructional designer talking through the steps of downloading, and then using, Screencast-O-Matic to record a presentation:
To go directly to the download page for Screencas-O-Matic, click here. Then, click “Download” and follow directions to install it.
When you launch Screencast-O-Matic, select “Free Recorder.” It will give you a perforated box that indicates the window that will be recorded when you hit record. Before clicking the record button, resize the box to the dimensions that work best for your presentation software and your screen. Also, make sure that the correct microphone is selected; this will be indicated by volume indicator lights flashing every time you speak. If the lights aren’t flashing, then click the arrow next to the microphone icon to try selecting a different microphone.
Recording with Screencast-O-Matic
Screencast-O-Matic’s free app limits you to fifteen minutes of recording time, so if you are required to make a longer presentation you will have to record it in parts, then uploading those parts as separate Youtube videos: Part 1, Part 2, etc.
When you stop the recording (click to pause and then click “Done” at the bottom of the recorder window), you will be prompted to make a choice about what you’d like to do with the video: You should choose “Save as Video File.” This will save the file to your computer, which you can then upload to Youtube.