TechSmith: How to Teach When You’re Absent

 In General

Written by TechSmith

When students and teachers miss class, you lose a day of productive learning. Solve this by recording your lessons and sharing the videos with your class.

  • “What did I miss?”. Share recorded classes with students who were absent so you don’t have to spend class time re-teaching the same content to everyone.
  • “I will be out tomorrow.” Record lessons for substitute teachers to play during class or for their own preparation.
  • “What did they learn today?” Let parents review missed lessons at home so they can help their child catch up with the rest of class.

Is it easy to do?

Yes! You’ll see the benefits right away. Snagit records what is on your computer screen in just a few steps.

  • Start small. Record a lesson outline as if you were going to miss class. Have a fellow teacher review it to see if it makes sense.
  • Your students will tell you how much they love being able to play catch-up at home rather than having to ask questions in class.

How do I start?

  • Use Snagit to record your lecture as if your students are in front of you. You can record anything on your screen— slides, notes, Blackboard, Moodle, or take a picture of a page in your textbook.
  • Narrate your video as you go along.
  • When you’re done, you can upload your video for free to YouTube or You can share the link to your students via email or upload it to your class website.
  • Your students can watch the video on their own laptops or mobile devices and then come to class prepared to do hands-on activities.

Success Story

Rob Zdrojewski taught his class while he was away on jury duty:

  • “I did (the videos) with Snagit. Snagit is a great little tool—I can record whatever is on my screen, including my webcam. I think it gives it that human element when you can see the person talking to you and not just hear the voice.”
  • “Since he’s been gone we’ve had a lot of subs, but we were still able to watch the videos so it was just like he was still in class.” (Joshua Cheston, one of Rob’s Students)


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