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By this stage, you have a visually engaging slideshow and maybe a sound track to go with it. You are also likely to want to add voice narration for each slide. There are several ways of doing this, depending on what software you choose to use.

In this mini learning challenge you will research different tools for recording narration for your slideshow and then create your own video presentation.

As a learner in a digital age, there are likely to be many occasions when you need to find and work out how to use unfamiliar software. For this reason, this mini challenge only points you in the direction of some suitable tools and how to find instructions – this is an opportunity for you to explore and develop confidence in using digital tools which are new to you.


Mini challenge summary

Summary: Select and use a tool for video-recording a presentation with narration
1 – 2 hours

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web resources

Stimulus resources

A slide narration means creating a video file of the slide sequence with audio (live recording or pre-recorded audio files for each slide). This is effectively a two step process – generating the slides then adding timed audio narration (before saving the output as a video file).

Here are some possible options for creating your narrated video presentation:

  1. Screen recording of your slideshow (e.g. your slides.com slide deck) while recording your narration. OBS studio is a free, open source tool which you can download to your computer and use for this.
  2. Using native slideshow capabilities (i.e. functionality that is included in your presentation software) for embedding audio then exporting as video file. Slides.com does not provide the option to embed audio, but some other types of presentation software, such as Open Office Impress and Microsoft Powerpoint, do.
  3. Using video editing software, where each slide is imported as a still image and then associating each image with an audio file.
  4. Using a webconferencing tool with recording capabilities.

You can search the internet to find instructions on how to use different digital tools. Video instructions are often the most useful as they illustrate exactly what you need to do on your screen. For example:



The purpose of this mini challenge is to:

  • develop your digital skills by independently researching and using suitable digital tools
  • produce a video recording of your presentation with narration

(The video presentation can be used for your multimodal presentation assignment.)


  1. Use the internet to research how to add narration to your slideshow and create a video. For this you will need to find out:
    • What digital tool, or combination of tools, is suitable for the task (use the stimulus resources above to get you started) and
    • How to use those tools
  2. Record your narration, create your video presentation and save it in a suitable format for playback.



Learning output actions

  • A completed video recording of your presentation
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