• Recording Read Aloud Books on Video

    Staff members may want to record read aloud book videos or audio, either picture books or a chapter book they want to finish or want to read. 

    Things to keep in mind:

    • Copyright laws are still in effect
    • Authors and illustrators cannot give permission, unless it is a self-published book. 
    • Publishers own the rights to the books.
    • Publishers may make exceptions in unusual times, with specific rules
    • Not all publishers will give permission and we hopefully will respect that position.
    • Most common rules from publishers as of 3/24/2020:
      • Videos should be private if possible
        • Put it in Google Drive, Google Classroom or SeeSaw or other private platform. If this is not possible, use YouTube and set the video to be Unlisted and send families the link.
      • Videos should be deleted or removed by any end date given by the publisher (June 30, 2020 is common right now).

     

    Publisher rules

    School Library Journal has a webpage with current publisher permissions with rules.  They may have different rules.  Usually they only expect staff members to email them with their information and the title.  Please check the publisher of any book you would like to read aloud.

    SLJ List of Publishers and Permissions

     

    Recording read alouds

    Record a read aloud using Zoom software. 

    1. Start a meeting with just yourself. 
    2. Click the Record button at the bottom of the screen.  I recommend choosing the Record to this Computer option, rather than to the cloud, so it saves directly onto your computer. 
    3. Read your book.
    4. Click Stop Recording at the bottom of the screen.
    5. End your meeting.
    6. The video will convert and save.
    7. If you want to add titles or edit the recording, you can import the file into iMovie, but high production value is not required.

    After you have finished, put the video in whatever platform you have decided to use, then send the link to families or post it in Google Classroom.

     

    Record a read aloud using QuickTime Player on your MacBook.

    1. Open Applications > QuickTime Player
    2. Open File > New Movie Recording
    3. Check the background of where you are recording (for personal things you don't want students to see, etc.)
    4. Click the red button near the bottom when you are ready to start recording.
    5. Read your story, make your movie, etc.
    6. Click the red button to stop recording.
    7. If you want to add titles or edit the recording, you can import the file into iMovie, but high production value is not required.

    After you have finished, put the video in whatever platform you have decided to use, then send the link to families or post it in Google Classroom.