Microsoft Recordings in the Inclusive Classroom

In a world where everything (from banking to benefits, shopping to government services) is online, it is essential that we as educators create a digitally rich learning environment that supports the needs of every learner. As technology progresses, we strive to ensure that all children and young people have the best learning environment to succeed, regardless of background, challenge or need. The Microsoft Educator Community offers a learning path that will allow educators to naturally create a more digitally inclusive school community, unlocking progress and achievement for all children.

In England, the term 'special educational needs' (SEN) has a legal definition, referring to children who have learning difficulties or disabilities that make it harder for them to learn than most children of the same age. School funding is tighter than ever and there is a significant need  for resources and provision. Research has proven how recording steps and making them 'sticky' for students to retain helps develop their cognition and increase their outcome.

PowerPoint allows students and educators to easily record a step by step process that they can embed and share in Sway, OneNote and Teams. Take a simple 2 step word problem in mathematics for example. First, the student has to figure out the method required to answer the question and the sequential steps to solve it. Using inking, the student is able to complete this process in a way that they understand, allowing the process to be ingrained and their outcome enhanced.

"Learners who are confident in developing solutions are in greater demand".

- Global Digital Citizenship

Top 3 Tips get you started with screen recordings: 

  1. Logistics: PowerPoint doesn't record audio or video during transitions between slides, so don't speak while advancing the slide. Also, include a brief buffer of silence at the beginning and the end of each slide to make the transitions smooth and ensure that you don't cut off audible narration while transitioning from one slide to the next.
  2. Storage: Think about the best place to store your recordings and keep them organised into subject folders. Using OneDrive will enable students to access their recordings anywhere, anytime. The sense of pride and achievement that they have created a learning tool is priceless.
  3. Slide by Slide: Recordings are added to the presentation on a per-slide basis, so if you want to change a recording, you only have to re-record the affected slide or slides. Also, you can rearrange the order of slides after recording without having to re-record anything. This also means it's easy to pause for a break while recording a presentation.

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