You and your students will look like screencasting experts after you join us and use the strategies and tips we'll share...along with some great (and free) screencasting tools.
"When I started to design technology training for our district, I knew that to reach all the members of our school community, I would have to offer multiple delivery methods. Screencasting was a perfect solution for that as it affords teachers and students the chance to learn at their own pace." - Dr. Roland Rios (@drrios), Ft. Sam Houston ISD
Free ScreenCasting Solutions (Desktop Win/Mac Solutions)
Record your screen with audio narration, include your webcam, with a maximum length of 15 minutes. Requires Java compatibility for Windows/Mac computers. Will not work on Chromebooks since Google removed Java support. For $15, you can get the full version of Screencast-o-matic that removes limitations.
CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create AVI video files. You will need to get a video converter, such as Miro Video Converter to switch it to MP4 video format.
Quicktime Screen Recording
Not Free, albeit Great Solutions
This $20 solution works great on Windows, Mac, and Chromebook devices, requires the Chrome browser be installed, and enables you to save the video file to your computer or Google Drive. You can embed your webcam, record a tab in your Chrome browser, or the entire desktop. This is a great solution!
TechSmith's Snagit ($29.95 for educators) is a phenomenal image/video capture that makes capturing video a cinch on Windows and Mac computers. You can easily save to variety of places (e.g. YouTube).
Education-centric Examples of Screencasting
- Top 5 Ways to Use Screencasting in the Classroom
- Connecting with Kent School (video)
- Faculty Meeting - Part I (video)
- Faculty Meeting - Part II (video)
- Monthly Principal Update (video)
- The Principal's Blog
- Traditional Multiplication (video)
- Math Online Tour (video)
- More Basic Sight Words (video)
- Amber's Excel Work (video)
- Probability with Ben and Jerry (video)
Tips for Working with Video Keep these tips in mind when converting videos...it can be touch and go, so it's best to ask yourself, who will need to see the video and where you plan to share it from (e.g. GoogleDrive, YouTube, etc.)!
- Choose a screencasting tool that allows you to export directly to MP4 video format. This is the most commonly used video format and works with all devices. Anything else will just result in headaches.
- The new HTML5 friendly video format is also known as WEBM and you may need to convert from that format to MP4 to easily share the file with others.
- Take advantage of video conversion tools like the cross-platform tools, Miro Video Converter, FFMPEG GUI, and AnyVideoConverter, to get video the target "codec" you want or need. For a web-based converter you do not have to install (great for Chromebooks), use Online Video Converter.
- Decide ahead of time where you will publish your video. The best solutions include GoogleApps for Education (GAfE) Drive since you have unlimited space, OneDrive for Business, or YouTube. You can also setup your own video hosting solution or take advantage of one like Vimeo.
Record A Screencast from Your Android or iOS Mobile Device
You will need to combine one of the desktop capture tools with a copy of AirSquirrels' Reflector 2 ($14.95), which is a program you install on your Mac or Windows computer. This combination makes it easy to screencast your mobile device's screen (and audio!) to the computer, where you can use one of the tools mentioned above to record what is happening.
Screencasting on Your iOS Device
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Create your tutorial videos and have them saved to the ShowMe cloud. A unique URL allows you to share your videos with others. Once it is saved to the cloud you can delete it from your device.
Doceri allows you to create hand-drawn lessons, presentations and graphics and share them as still images, PDFs or audio/video screencasts. Videos are saved in your My Recordings folder and can be shared to your Camera Roll, as an email attachment or via YouTube. A great feature of Doceri is the ability to re-record.
This is an excellent app if you want to students to create tutorials or demonstrate understanding by creating informative videos. Very basic and easy to use interface makes it easy to use. Videos are saved in the cloud as private or public. Copy the lesson link to share with others.
Stage:Interactive Whiteboard & Document Camera
Write on the screen while you are recording live video and then pull up an image if you want to move to something similar to the other apps. Automatically saved to your Photo Gallery.
Explain Everything Interactive Whiteboard
Have your students demonstrate mastery of concepts by creating screencasts using this app. Easy to use and allows students to record their screen as well as their voice.
Explain Everything Collaborative Whiteboard (Discover)
Have your students create and collaborate, as well as share those creations via the Explain Everything Discover web site.
Cost: Check web site for pricing plans.
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