10 Great Reasons to Use Lecture Capture!

To meet the needs of various learning styles and better engage our students, William Jessup University offers lecture capture through Panopto. Our classrooms are equipped with excellent tools that capture audio, visual, and the presentation screen. Lecture capture can be powerful to the learning process and benefits both the students and the instructors!

What is lecture capture? It is a way to “capture” or record classroom lectures. The lectures can be recorded at home for the hybrid/flipped classroom, or during class time. Our campus uses Panopto and it simple and easy to use! In fact, instructors at our campus don’t even have to do anything! They can let our IT department know that they want lectures captured, and the lessons will be automatically record for them. “In recent years, lecture capture has gone from a helpful learning aid to an essential utility that more and more universities are using as part of the learning experience. Recent studies have demonstrated that recorded lectures improve student engagement and achievement by providing individual control over the pace of learning and the ability to review complex topics after class.” (Panopto)

Here are 10 great reasons to use lecture capture!

1. It allows students to review material at their own pace. Students can take notes within Panopto! Take a look at this screenshot:


Notice how the PowerPoint slides appear within Panopto. This lecture was recorded with audio and presentation. Teachers have the option to choose what they want recorded – the entire class scene, just the audio and presentation (as above) or just audio. For those reluctant to have themselves recorded during class time, a great option is to record the presentation/screen and audio!

2. It allows those that miss class due to sports or illness to attend virtually. This is very important to students that are involved with sports or miss class due to absence!

3. It offers flexibility with note-taking. Have you ever experienced being in a class where you can’t keep up with the notes? The speaker just talks way too fast? When an instructor records the lectures, students have the ability to go back and fill-in notes that were missed. They can stop, rewind, or pause the teacher and write at their own pace.

4. It allows students to catch up on missed material. Again, this may be due to absence, or it may be due to arriving late or having to leave early. It could be that the student just couldn’t keep up with the lecture! Whatever the reason, being able to go back to the lecture and pause it is a great resource.

5. It provides additional resources to archived lectures (lesson review in preparation for a test).  Archived lessons are wonderful review materials to help prepare for a final exam!

6. It allows students to review difficult material or tutorials for lab work.  The instructor  move on with content when all students haven’t fully grasped the concept. Recorded lectures allow those students to go back and step through the problem/material again.

7. It allows students to closely examine the steps of a demonstrated procedure/problem. If students are in the back of the room, it may be hard to see fine details in class.

8. It benefits students with special needs by allowing them to take notes at their own pace


9. It can be used for hybrid learning/flipped instruction. William Jessup University uses Moodle for its learning management system. This is a great tool for hybrid/blended/flipped classrooms. Instructors and students can also leave “comments” to be viewed by others. Instructors, how about adding some engaging questions in this section? Look here:

10. It allows for English language learners to review the lecture at their own pace. Let’s face it, some of us are fast talkers! Those not as familiar with the English language can struggle. This allows learners to listen again at their own pace.

Finally, lecture capture also benefits instructors! How? Here are 4 great reasons:


  1. Do not have to review material for those that missed class
  2. Can self-reflect on the effectiveness of a lesson
  3. Can record a guest lecturer, with permission
  4. Are able to share lectures between departments: At Eastern Michigan, for example, Fedel utilizes the Panopto recordings of colleagues in disciplines such as athletic training, chemistry, and anatomy. To remind his students what they need to know about osmosis, for example, he links them to a short biology lecture on the subject created by one of his colleagues. “It’s the cooperative business of education,” he says. “We’re building a holistic approach. It’s a very flexible system. It’s dynamic, interconnected, and growing.” http://campustechnology.com/Articles/2013/11/20/6-Innovative-Uses-of-Lecture-Capture.aspx?Page=3
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Great New Way to Spark Creativity!

I am loving a new tool called Tackk! It is a SUPER EASY way for teachers AND students to create and share web pages. Sign up for free (or use your Google email address with a one click log in) and get started simply by pressing “create”.  Quickly add text, images, video, audio, and more.

1.  Click “Create”



2.  Choose a template, or a blank canvas.


3. Click to add content. Note how many choices you have…heading, text, images, video, audio, buttons, maps, skills, and even your email address.


4. Easily search for photos using 500PX. Or, upload your own!


5.  You can even choose a photo from your Instagram account. It’s an easy link!


6.  Finally, add tags so that your Tackk is easily searchable.


Here is a .jpg of the finished product:

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How would you use it as an instructor? What would you have students create?

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Synch with VideoNot.es!


Google has been doing a great job offering new “add-ons” to Google Docs and Drive. VideoNot.es is one such tool that can benefit instructors and students! Use VideoNot.es to sync notes with videos. “All the notes you type are automatically synchronized with the video. Later, just click on a line for the video to jump to the relevant part” (VideoNot.es). The notes are then saved to Google drive where they can be accessed using any device at any time. Since the notes are stored in Google drive, they can be shared with the same viewing permissions. What a great collaboration tool!



For the teacher with the flipped classroom, this can be a wonderful, free tool!  Want to make sure your students are taking adequate notes? Ask them to share the notes with you! (I just wish that it worked with Panopto recordings!) Currently, VideoNot.es works with YouTube, Khan, Vimeo, EdX, Udacity, and Coursera.


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S’More Flip


I love using S’More!  S’More was originally intended to create online flyers but I have found that it can do so much more. The first thing that I noticed is that it was EASY to use! Simply click and add content. Even though I offer S’More training on campus, it really doesn’t take much skill. (Hint: the next training session is April 7!)

This semester I have been “flipping” my Technology for Teachers course. It has worked out wonderfully. Although I have found creating and recording my lectures quite time consuming, I do feel that overall my students are benefitting from the added 1:1 time. I use the class time for hands-on computer work and discussion.

Now I am adding S’More to the mix. S’Mores allow you to add any type of content to a decorative web page – text, video, audio, pictures, and forms. The S’More pages easily embed into our learning management system, Moodle. I end up with an attractive page that contains all the “ingredients” necessary for an assignment.

Moodle page

Moodle page

I usually begin with text, then video, and end with a Google form which allows me to formatively assess the learner’s understanding of the content before we begin our discussion in class. It’s a win-win!

Here is a sample of a S’More :


Sorry, sadly…S’Mores do not embed into WordPress. However, they do embed nicely into most other pages. S’Mores also provide you with analytics which can be great for the classroom teacher. It’s a sweet deal…all wrapped up in a nice package for you. (smile.)


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Google to the Rescue!

We had a Jessup “family meeting” yesterday and during the meeting I let staff and faculty know the results of the training requests so far – Google, Google, Google. Google Drive. Google Docs. Google Presentation. Google Hangout. People want to know more about Google and desire to know how to use the many (many) resources available.

Amazing news today.

Google has released ADD-ONS.

These add-ons will amaze you.

In Google Docs, click the word “Add-Ons”…

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Do you have email addresses stored in a Google spreadsheet? If so, this add-on will send an e-mail merge directly from your Google Doc.

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Review AND approve changes made to your document!

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Add a thesaurus to your Google document.

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Easily merge Google spreasheet data into Avery address labels and name badges.

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One place to discuss and see changes to your document.

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Need to gather approvals or feedback? Use Letter Feed Workflows to automatically send out emails and gather the approvals you need quickly. You’ll be notified immediately when it’s approved.

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“The easiest automatic bibliography and citation generator is now on Google Docs. Format in MLA, APA, and Chicago style.”

“The Bibliography Creator by EasyBib allows you to easily create a bibliography for your research paper. Automatically cite books, journal articles, and websites just by entering in the titles or URLs. Format citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago style. When you’re finished creating your bibliography, click Generate Bibliography and we’ll alphabetize your citations and add them to the end of your paper.”

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Add a legally binding electronic signature.

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Make sure all abbreviations in your document have been defined. This will also make an abbreviation list for you!

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I love this one and have used it! Give feedback to students by highlighting and verbally leaving a message.

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Want to improve your writing? Let Pro Writing Aid help you. It will check for consistency, plagiarism, cliches, redundancies, and grammar mistakes!

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5 Tips for Classroom Management with Mobile Devices


I am reblogging some tips written by Jennifer Carey for technology and classroom management. She makes some very good points that I think would help our faculty such as give clear expectations and the use of the “Two Eyes Two Feet App”. Read on to learn more!

Originally posted on Indiana Jen:

This is reblogged from the original post at Edudemic  and is the premise of presentation I will be leading in November at Miami Device .

When adopting technology in the classroom, one of the key concerns for teachers and administrators is classroom management. I am often asked if there is a way to “lock down an iPad screen” or “ensure students cannot go to inappropriate websites” (e.g. Social Media). In other words, how do we keep students on task and ensure that they are not distracted by the novelty of gadgets or communicating with friends via texting or social media? Often, teachers will take up devices (such as mobile phones) to avoid the issue of students texting or checking Facebook on their phones (eliminating access to a powerful, pocket computer in the process).

Classroom management is a challenging skill which I consistently strive to improve on a regular basis…

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Three Ways We Save Money

While this is not a post about technology in the classroom, it is a post about technology at home! Many people ask me what we do when I tell them that we cut our phone and cable bills. This is not an advertisement – it is simply a post for what our family did. There are many other great tools out there…these are just the ones that we use!

A few years back we decided to cut some of our bills. First, we got rid of our daily paper. I loved reading the paper each morning – but decided to use the time for my devotional reading instead and I don’t miss it.  Every morning I use my YouVersion app to read the Bible. I like the extended reading plans they offer. Right now I am reading through the “Historical” version of the Bible through a year. “Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to read the Old Testament in ancient Israel? Or, the New Testament as the books were written? In this plan, the order of the Old Testament readings is very similar to Israel’s Hebrew Bible, progressing from Law to Prophets to Writings. The New Testament ordering is based upon research regarding the order in which the books were authored. Although this research is not conclusive, it may offer helpful insights to your Bible reading.”    (YouVersion)

Second, we got rid of our landline phone. This was a hard one for us. I wanted to use cell phones only, and my husband wanted a landline. Yet we both agreed that we didn’t like paying for a service we simply were not using. So, we purchased an Ooma.

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Simply plug one end into your high speed Internet, and one end into your phone. Click HERE to learn more. The unit does cost $149.99 for the initial unit, but this has definitely paid for itself. We have used it now for a few years. The voice quality is great. You do have to continue to pay for your Internet service and you will be billed for state and local taxes and surcharges (ours is about $6.50 a month). That is certainly cheaper than what we use to pay for our phone service.

Finally, we saved by discontinuing our TV cable service. We wondered what life would be like without a regular TV but I am so happy we did! I don’t miss it at all. Not only do we have more time in the day (because we aren’t sitting in front of the TV!), we can still watch all the shows we would want to watch on our own time schedule by using a Roku.  Now, I must let you know that if you are a sports fan or enjoy watching the news, this may not be a good choice for you. We can only watch shows once they have aired. However, if I feel that I really need a news update, I can stream online to a local news station.

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Roku streams content through your high speed Internet to your TV or monitor. We do pay a $7.99 monthly fee for  Hulu Plus  but that is certainly cheaper than our cable bill.

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Pam Jimison

Pam Jimison

Educational Technologist

I am a passionate, productive, follower of Christ serving at William Jessup University in Rocklin, CA. I work as the Educational Technologist, adjunct faculty, and student teacher supervisor. I have taught 24 years in K-12 education, as well as experience working as a Technology Coordinator and school principal.

I enjoy cycling, blogging, baking, teaching, and technology!

I eat chocolate every day.

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