ICT for Learning, Teaching and Assessment: Capturing Data



Capturing Audio: The device you can use depends on the distance to be recorded and quality required.
  • Voice capture for narration - can be cheap headset with mic
  • Voice capture for dictation into Word - needs more expensive >$50 headset with mic
  • Audio capture in room/theatre - needs expensive powered mic
Devices that capture in MP3 format to SD memory cards make it easy to transfer audio to desktop computers for editing (eg Audacity).


Capturing Video: The device used depends on the device you intend to use to view it and how much editing will be required.
  • Video capture for uploading to web - can be digital still camera with video capability for low quality video or VHS/HD camcorders for higher quality.
  • Video capture for DVD - need more expensive (HD) video camcorders or professioanl cameras

Camcorders that capture to SD memory cards make it easy to transfer short videos to computers for quick editing (eg MovieMaker) and uploading.
You may need a USB memory card reader (if your computer does not have a SD reader) and a video converter (eg MovAvi software or free online conversion up to 100MB) to change the video to the desired format.


Editing Video: If you have a small video to edit and have no video edit software there are some online video editing options. See more here and also JayCut


Presentation Software: Animoto for combining pics/video and an audio track - has free audio tracks online

Screen Capture: The method used depends on whether you want screenshots or continuous recording.
  • Screenshots - use <ALT><PRTSC> or Snipping Tool - Vista Only or one of these ( 'H' means online service - no download/install)
  • Continuous capture - use Adobe Captivate (limited licenses on Campus - Contact Resource Development Team) to create high quality presentations - or one of these ( 'H' means online service - no download/install). .