Screencasting: Schlub to Spielberg in 30 minutes(Warning -- the Ed Tech Team has rated this session hands-on!)
Essential Question: What is the best use of class time?

Why Screencast?

Screencasting lessons and instructions enables students to have access to instruction they traditionally could have only had access to with direct contact to the teacher. Screencasting instructions, how to's, and lessons allows students to access this material anywhere and at any time. This frees up class time for guided practice, and allows the teacher to mentor and guide their students individually instead of instructing the entire class the same way.

What is a Screencast?
A Screencast is a short video capture (usually one to five minutes) of a screen with a voice over. You have probably seen one from the Ed Tech Team before, but here is an example.

Original Video - More videos at TinyPic

Why would you Screencast something?

Many times it is easier to show a process than to explain a process to students and colleagues. It has also become an integral feature of the 'Flipped Classroom' model of learning and instruction, which itself has its share of fans and detractors. For EdTech at KIS, it is in the 'interested' basket! Click here for an article from MindShift that defines the flipped classroom.
The example above about how to make a screencast is a good example; rather than explain it verbally or in writing -- I show how.Screencast your content when you have a substitute. Example
Sharing your Screencast
There are various options for sharing your screencast with your audience.YouTube - You will need to create your own channel.
TinyPic - Part of PhotoBucket, but no account required.
Vimeo is another option and requires and account as well.
We don't recommend uploading the file directly to your wiki. Uploaded movies on your wiki tend to be slow to load. If you would like the screencast on your wiki it is better to embed it.
  • Be Brief -- no one wants to watch a long screencast.
  • If you want to be tricky, use the advanced tips from the iMovie session with your screencast to do things like picture-in-picture.external image OD-Flashlight.png
  • As we stated before, embed to your screencast to your wikispace, Google site, blog.
  • Out Source -- have your more computer literate students make screencasts for you.
  • You may want to use software like OmniDazzle (right) to highlight your cursor.
  • You can also make your cursor larger. Open System Preferences > Accessibility > Display > Cursor Size. (below)
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Flipped Classroom

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