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The new teacher generation uses sound and video

How can you combine sound and video with itslearning – and how can both teachers and students benefit from using multimedia? In his experience with sound and video, Alexander Aak Eide, a teacher at Skranevatnet School in Norway, has found that using technology not only enhances creativity and interest from a student perspective, but also saves him time.

"In itslearning it's just as easy to insert sound and video as it is to write text. I use sound and video frequently in assignments and explaining sequences," Alexander says.


Alexander Aak Eide on stage at the itslearning user conference 2011.

But what do you need to get started with sound and video in itslearning? According to the teacher from the city of Bergen, you need two things: a microphone and a web camera (most new computers have in-built microphones and cameras). When microphone and camera are connected to the computer you can record directly from the itslearning text editor.

Save time on classroom presentations

Alexander uses sound and video to provide his students with feedback when marking tests. A great advantage is that the students can replay the feedback as many times they want. He finds many advantages with integrating sound and video in his teaching – and the possibilities are countless.

"Does all students necessarily benefit from listening to the classroom presentations of all others?" he asks. "If you replace classroom presentations with sound or video recordings you save a lot of time. Students with stage fright may also value this way of presenting, although teachers must be careful not to entirely replace classroom presentations with sound and video."

Do science experiments at home

How to use sound and video in itslearning

To record sound or video from the editor, click the Insert button and then New video recording or New sound recording. Read more in the help.

From the editor you can also insert videos that others have made. Click Insert >> Web 2.0 content. Read more in the help.

Another tip is to let the students do simple science experiments at home at the kitchen sink, and document it with a web camera. To prove that carbon dioxide is heavier than oxygen, Alexander asked his students to fill two glasses of water, place a tea light candle in each and light them. When a small amount of baking soda was poured into one of the glasses the water started to fizz, and the process created carbon dioxide that forced out the oxygen and killed the flame. The young scientists filmed the experiment at home, and handed it in through itslearning – a homework they found fun and engaging.

Visualise content in the classroom

Alexander has also used web cameras in classroom presentations – for example when presenting small gadgets, such as voltmeters, in class. He films all the tiny bits and details on the voltmeter with a web camera and shows the film on a big screen – making it easy for the students to see what's presented.

He has also let his students play weather presenters: The students were given a PowerPoint file with maps, and then recorded a weather forecast with itslearning's in-built video recorder. The map was placed in the background – just as on TV.

Use what others have made

"You don't need to create everything yourself – many teachers can save time on content others have made before. A number of enthusiastic teachers share content on YouTube and other content sharing sites," Alexander explains.

He often uses content from a maths teacher, who in a pedagogical way explains how to solve calculations. Videos such as this can also be of great help for parents who are struggling when helping their children with homework.

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