Get Parents Involved in Student Learning
“What did you learn in school today?”
You already know that this scenario plays out between students and parents over and over throughout the school year. Parents and educators are both working towards their student’s success, but it’s often difficult for parents to know what’s being covered in school. With screencasting, you can easily show parents what’s going on in the classroom and get them involved.
Giving parents regular updates on classroom activities keeps them in-the-know so they can work with you to help their children succeed.
Do you have difficulty helping your students’ parents stay involved in their education? It’s easy to create quick updates for parents with Snagit. Here’s how!
- Make sure you have Snagit installed on your computer. If you don’t, you can try Snagit free. We’re using Snagit on Windows for this tutorial, but you can do the same thing on a Mac.
- Start by writing a quick outline for your video update. Using an outline means that you won’t have to worry about going off on a tangent or leaving out an important piece of information.
- Before you record, take a minute to clean up your desktop. Close any personal windows, quit any programs with popups (like instant messaging or your email), make your desktop background visually neutral, and move your icons off your desktop. An easy way to do this is to make a temporary folder for storing your icons while you record.
- When you’re ready to begin, open up the Snagit Capture Window and select Video Capture Mode. Choose whether you will begin your recording with webcam video, whether you want Snagit to show or hide the cursor, and whether you will record microphone and system audio. When ready, click the Capture button.
- Next, select the area of your screen that you want to record. Unless you’re using a really large monitor, we recommend that you just record your whole screen for these videos. To do a full screen capture, move your cursor so that the entire screen is highlighted and click your mouse.
- Make sure your audio is ready to go. To test your audio, talk into your microphone as if you were recording your video. If the activity in your audio meter is green, then you’re good to go. To change your audio input, choose your desired input source from the dropdown menu to the right of the audio meter.
- When you’re ready to start, click the record button. This will start a three-second countdown, and then Snagit will start recording. Remember to follow your outline as you record your video.
- Click the stop button to end your recording.
- Now you’re ready to save and share your video. Snagit gives you a number of output options for your video. You can find these options by selecting the Share tab in the Snagit Editor.
Screencast.com is probably the easiest way to quickly share your parent updates. (If you don’t have a free Screencast.com account, you’ll be prompted to create one the first time you share a video to Screencast.com.) When your video is uploaded, the link for your video will be automatically added to your clipboard. All you have to do is paste the link into an email and send it off to your students’ parents.
Tips and Tricks
- Here we’ve shown you how to use Snagit (Windows) to record your parent updates, but you can also use TechSmith Snagit for Google Chrome™, Camtasia for Mac, or Camtasia Studio. Compare these products and see what’s best for you.
- You can also use Snagit to create visually compelling written updates for parents. Simply use the image capture tool and the Snagit editor to create images that you can add to any written document (like the images you see throughout this tutorial).
- If you use screencasting in your classroom or as homework, encourage your students to watch the videos with their parents. It’s another great way to help parents stay involved in their student’s education.