Monday, April 7, 2014

Screencasting and student creativity

Last week we introduced students to Screencasting (A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration). The term screencast compares with the related term screenshot; whereas screenshot generates a single picture of a computer screen, a screencast is essentially a movie of the changes over time that a user sees on a computer screen, enhanced with audio narration.   I found a post on twitter this week that indicates "Screencasting is most powerful when it is used as a student creation tool. Screencasts take a typical presentation a step further by requiring higher order thinking skills; not only do students create the presentation, but they also have to explain their thinking." from here article and tools edudemic 

We will be using Screencast-O-Matic  a web-based program for this class.Screencast-o-matic  is an easy to use, Javascript based program  that records your screen. If you don’t have any Java issues (as I always seem to), all you need to do is click “Record” on the website, and it will begin to record your screen or webcam for you. This product offers two options: a free version and a paid version ($15/year). The free version allows users a maximum recording time of 15 minutes while the pro version offers unlimited recording time, a variety of upload options, and no watermark. All of the video editing tools, screenshot tools and a few other things are also reserved for the paid version.

The assignments are posted in our class site here 
Here are a few examples from last semester
  1. Customizing your Blog link  (By Nashoba Student - Julia)
  2. Organize your Google Drive link  (by Zak)
  3. Using Google Presentations link (by Katie)
  1. PART ONE - Saving to YouTube
    My example today
    Note: Publishing Options (Screencastomatic or YouTube).  Post to YouTube.
  2. With the video published to YouTube providde the link and video on your E-Portfolio as and your blog.
  3. PART TWO - Using the YouTube Editor
    Link -
    With the Video posted to your YouTube Account and can use YouTubes Video Editor to provide additional details to the video.
    Watch to see techniques in the
  4. Finish Video with Edits and screen captions
    Here is my new link with TEXT on the starting slide
I hope you take this opportunity to challenge yourself to produce a creative screencast to teach and engage others!  A reminder all topics must be approved.

Later in the course we will work on additional video projects using the YouTube Editor.  Here is another screencast with some of the features.


Amanda Bailey said...

The Youtube video editor screencast looks interesting

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Ron Starc said...

My Screen Recorder Pro will work better for you. It is an excellent screencast tool. Records your screen and audio from the speakers or your voice from the microphone - or both simultaneously. The recordings are clear and look great when played back on your PC or uploaded to YouTube. It will record directly to AVI, WMV, MP4, or FLV. Just perfect for creating tutorials, demos, and presentations. Plus, java is not required and there are no limits on recording length. Also, the recordings play back on any device.