Lesson Recording Software – What place in primary schools?

Lesson recording software in primaries

Schools of all sizes and categories are using lesson recording systems to share best practice and help teachers review and improve their teaching. Using lesson recording software in primary schools however, comes with its own set of challenges. Fixed lesson recording systems are not always practical since few schools have spare classrooms and, in almost all cases, the SLT is keen to share the resource between as many teachers as possible. In this blog post we’ll take a look at some of the alternative options and explore how primary schools are using lesson recording software day-to-day.

Mobile systems

Think of mobile lesson recording systems and many people will think of using iPads, phones or other devices that they already own. Whilst this certainly is an option, and is potentially a great way of trialing lesson recording software in your school, the approach does come with a number of drawbacks.

The biggest of these is audio quality. Whilst many phones and tablets are now capable of recording fairly good looking high definition video, the quality of the sound remains a problem. Since one of the keys to using video lesson recording effectively is being able to hear what is being said this can be a major downside.

You can alleviate this problem by purchasing external microphones or a clip-on microphone for the teacher. Alternatively it might be worth looking at a fully featured mobile lesson recording system. These generally feature a number of external microphones that can be placed around the classroom for better sound quality, as well as a clip on microphone for the teacher. if you’d like to know more about these systems then you can request a copy of our lesson recording FAQs.

Using lesson recording software

Primary school teachers spend five days a week with their classes so the way they use lesson recording is naturally different from their colleagues in secondary schools. The primary teachers we’ve spoken to say that lesson recording software is extremely useful for highlighting pupils who might be struggling to keep up. Being able to review a lesson away from the hustle and bustle of the classroom makes it a lot easier to spot things that may go unnoticed during a lesson. Other teachers use lesson recording to try out new ideas and review them later, as part of their own CPD.

If you’d like to know more about the options you have when it comes to lesson recording then we’d be delighted to hear from you. You can request a factsheet or book a demo on this page or talk to our friendly team on Twitter. We look forward to hearing from you.

Video is a powerful tool to enhance teaching and learning. Staff, students, leaders and parents can now engage with video in ways that were unattainable several years ago.

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