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Built directly in ActivInspire is a powerful screen recorder that allows you to make short video clips of anything on your computer. This screen recorder, even though it's made by ActivInspire, it actually does a full screen capture. This allows you to not only record ActivInspire, but also record anything run on your computer. So you can record web pages or show students how to use a different program. In order to use the screen recorder, the first thing we need to do is to go ahead and turn it on. We can access it by clicking on Tools in the upper navigation. Going to More Tools > Screen Recorder, and then selecting one of the two options.
We can do a full screen recorder, which is going to record literally everything you can see on your screen. We can also select an area screener quarter. This is going to allow us to pre-define one section of the screen, and only make a video of that particular section. So, for example, if I was going to create a short video showing my students this scale that's on the screen, they don't need to see the toolbox on the right hand side or the page browser on the left hand side. So I'm going to and make a short area screen recording for my students. I'll select the Area Screen Recorder, and now I need to define what area I actually want to record. I'm going to come up to the top right hand corner of this particular ActivInspire page, and I'm going to click and hold, and then drag out a box that covers the rest of the ActivInspire page.
When I release this box, I can now use my cursors to slightly position it exactly where I want it. What's going to happen now when I launch the recorder is only things that happen inside this box will be recorded. Anything outside of the box will not be recorded. Let's go and click Launch Recorder. Now there's a few things I'd like to point out before we get started. You notice at the top of the screen that the File menu has changed. It now says Screen Recorder instead of ActivInspire. That's because the Screen Recorder is actually a separate application. It's running at the same time as ActivInspire. If I were to look at my Start menu or my Application bar, I'll actually see a new application is opened up.
This is important because this application may actually move behind the object you're recording during your recording session. So, for example, if I come back and I click on the scale, you'll notice that the recording button disappears. The Screen Recorder application's still there, it's just in the background, and ActivInspire is now the foremost application. This becomes important, because when I'm ready to stop my recording, I need to actually go back to those navigation buttons. And sometimes I have to go back to the screen recording application to get them to appear. The first thing I'm going to do is to go ahead and move the buttons outside of my recording area.
That way they don't show up when I start this recording. When I'm ready to get started, I can go ahead and press the record button. The first step is to go ahead and determine where I'm going to save my recording and what its title is going to be. I'm going to just select my Desktop and call this Student_Video. Now when I click the Save button, it's going to start recording automatically. Let's go and create a short video for our students. Hi students, we're going to go ahead and take a look at how various weights impact a scale. I'm going to add ten grams to the left side, and I'm going to add five grams to the right side. Notice what happens to the scale as I move the ten grams closer to the fulcrum.
Now that I'm done with my recording, I'm going to go back to my screen recording application, and I'm going to click the Stop button. I'm going to go ahead and minimize ActivInspire so we can take a look at that video we just created. Hi students, we're going to go ahead and take a look at how various weights impact a scale. I'm going to add ten grams to the left side. So you can see that with a few simple steps, we were able to create a video for our students. This is a great thing if you're starting to use a flipped classroom model. If you're not familiar with the flipped classroom model, it's where you move the introduction of content outside of the classroom walls. When students come to class, then you spend 100% of the face-time doing extension activities, one-on-one coaching, and helping students master the content.
You can create small videos of introduction to content and have students watch it at home the night before class. I hope you enjoy making screen recordings, and that this can be a beneficial tool to you and your students.
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