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  • In addition to pulling upPowerpoint, following need to be accessible:Screenr website Screencast O Matic website Jing softwareYoutube siteGreg Notess site..
  • Sign-in sheetFolders, information packetsContact information
  • Ask participants level of experience, what software has been used, etc. What were experiences?In this class, you will be able to learn about what screencast are, some uses, and take some time to develop or start developing you own—you’ll have the tools at least to create some very useful, funcitonal screencasts…specifically, the class objectives are:
  • Show screencast example right away…something meaningful to me as a personal example along with overview explanation….one of favorite examples..been viewed on Youtube 11 million + times since 2008, so many of you may have seen it, but it’s still relevant and uses screencasting to not only communicate a difficult concept (web 2.0 and the impact it has on humans relationship to information and to each other) but it demonstrates using screencasts to record and share many different web 2.0 concepts—in itself examples of how this technology may be valuable
  • Who has used screencasts before? What software was used? What was the content—how was the presentation used?Benefits: Most software—easy, low/no cost to create web accessible online tutorials, accessible 24/7Creates opportunities to teach by example—often things that are difficult to explain and are better understood/easier to communicate w/demonstration Screencasts allow viewers to go at own pace of materials, pause, repeat as neededApplications include:“Let me show you how” instructionFollow-up step-by-step reference interview/demonstration—follow-up or remoteEspecially helpful for FAQs, knowledge that needs to be reiterated and repeated frequently Narrated slide-show, presentationDistance learning/teachingTele-commuting Requirements: Computer, Browser, Internet Connection, Java?—Recording Device, speakersOnline accounts, software download, software purchase (depending on the software you choose to use)
  • Process:Plan what you’ll be showing/demonstrating Record screen actions and describe the action verbally If option available, edit, enhance, etc.)Publish (Online hosting site such as, youtube..or host/publish on a private website)Once ‘published’…share
  • For this class, we will focus on the more involved, with using voice narration
  • Using a script allows for consistent rehearsal, and to focus not only on content, but on tone
  • 640x 480 reccomended size…take advantage of some advanced options, if available to specify output on web, CD, mobile site
  • Variety of microphones…stand alone as well as built in…also head sets available, which may be preferred for longer screenscasts providing more consistency as distance of mic to mouth remains same
  • Screenr is the most or one of the more free, quick, easy, to frills, ready to go options…no downloading required…just sign-in, and press record…very easyDiscuss overview of software, walk through steps---show how it works—just do itSign in with Google account…point out also able to sign in with other accounts (don’t necessarily need to sign in to create, but you need to sign in to save, share, publish etc.) Discuss hardware being, software, mic, cameraPull up logged in account, go through steps—design, record, edit/delete, publishI’ve received a request from a Physicians assistant who would like to do their own search in pubmed, but would like to get a quick tutorial on how a search is doneGreat, I say. When could you be available? Not for a few days—I’m in rotations, seeing patients, can’t get away. No, problem I say. How about I put together a quick screencast tutorial that walks you through the steps and send you a web link to watch?Perfect, he says.What’s the topic?Ok, let’s do a search, but capture it with Screenr so we can email them the link, so they’ll have a basic understanding of how a pubmed search is done. Let’s do it. Great to use to supplement a reference interview.record the reference interview, email the patron afterwardSmall window..use appropriate size..bigger window, more file neededDetect correct microphoneClick red buttom…3..2..1.. Save, Published in Screenr—also can publish on You tube—and directly share to social networks via Twitter and FB Easy, by yourself, free, quick and published on same platform Great to use to supplement a reference interview.record the reference interview, email the patron afterwardNo editing option…but you can pauseHosted at Screener…able to publish to Twitter, FB, point to Url, embedded code for placing into other websites When doing full screen..need to press Alt-D to stop Need to consider audience in terms of what technology they’ll be using to view the file..afullsize screen may not be preferable, appropriate
  • Discuss overview of software, walk through steps---show how it works—just do itSimilar to, basic version is free, 12$ for Pro, Online Java basedLogin: Usrname= ayoungki@hshs.umaryland.eduUp to 15 minutes in lengthAble to place video of speaker into screencast ****Presenter is demonstrating program while teaching**** Able to publish to screen cast o maticOptions to remove audio, webcam, allow user to find, add comments, etc. Screencast o Matic Pro version---editing abilities, resizing, audio, watermark removed.. Pull up logged in account, go through steps—design, record, edit/delete, publish
  • 40 minActivity 1Specific set of instructions/scenerioUses Screenr or Screencast O MaticFocus on Basics, PracticeHost on YouTubeBonus Option—Share on FB or Twitter
  • 20 min
  • Discuss overview of software, walk through steps---show how it works—just do itUsername—ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.eduFrom TechSmith,Free download, quick set-up, registration No for hosting/publishing Can also save, upload screencast as flash file to webpage…cannot be uploaded to youtube Bandwidth and Storage limits…account info will show Upgrade to Pro—9.99/month or 100.00/year---25GB storage, 200Gb bandwidth Tabs—Details, Share, Email, attachmentsPull up logged in account, go through steps—design, record, edit/delete, publish
  • Discuss overview of software, walk through steps---show how it works—just do itUsername—ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.edu50.00 for individual editing—need to use camtasia to editAble to combine with youtubeDirect upload to, input into camtasia studio, upload to youtube (set privacy level..private..)You tube allows for addition add-ins…speech bubbles.. can input whole transcripts..think 508 compliance.. You tube option Go to embed code…privacy enhance code..sizes, etcPull up logged in account, go through steps—design, record, edit/delete, publish
  • 45 minActivity 2Specific set of instructions/scenerioUse Jing Host Using
  • 20 min
  • It’s also important to remember that our audience may include individuals with any number of physical or cognitive disabilities…we want to be sure that we take a few steps to ensure that these individuals are able to participate, experience or use the information within our screencasts. Some guidelines to ensure an accessible screencast include:Camtasia offers features such as speech to text transcription, captioning import, creating searchable content, and creating content intended for specific devices such as offers captioning in it’s Pro version (9.95/mo, 99.95/yr)Screen cast O Matic offers captioning in their standard and pro versions…more automatic while recording with pro version (12.00/yr)
  • Remember audience…who will be using this information, what devices will they be using to view content, what sorts of internet technologies are being used, what software do they have?Simplify…what can be cut out with out the message being kept in tact? Because just like writing an article, or an essay, or other written product, if the language is too verbose, the message will get lost and the point of the screen cast will be lost, so be sure to refine, simplify, condense where possible.

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  • Screencasting: Creating Online Tutorials Andrew Youngkin Emerging Technologies/Evaluation Coordinator University of Maryland, Baltimore National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region
  • AgendaIntroductions (10 min)Learning Objectives & Methodologies (5 min)Screencasting: The Basics (5 min)How to Make a Screencast (5 min)Design Considerations (5 minutes)Software Review/Demonstrate (30 min)Equipment Variations ( 5 min)Uses (5 min)Activity Preview (5 min)Small Groups Activity—Using Technology 1 (40 min)Discuss/Present(10 min)Lunch (60 min)Software Review/Demonstrate (30 min)Small Groups Activity—Using Technology 2 (40 min)Discussion/Present (10 min)Camtasia(20 min)Wrap up & Questions (5 min)
  • ObjectivesDiscuss basic functions of 5 Screencasting ToolsDiscuss basic steps required to create screencastsUsing a specific set of instructions and 2 freescreencasting tools, create and publish an originalscreencast
  • MethodologyCombination of Demonstration, Discussion, andHands-on Practice/ApplicationCollaborative & InteractiveFacilitator, not InstructorHave Fun
  • Intro
  • The BasicsWhy?What is this?What is valuable?What’s needed?
  • Essential ToolsPC/Mac/LaptopInternet ConnectionMicrophoneAudio/speakersJava?Screencasting Software/Subscription/AccessVideo camera/Web cam (optional)
  • 4 Essential StepsDesignRecordEdit/EnhancePublish
  • Design ConsiderationsPurposeTarget AudienceOutput/Target devicesStructure Silent Musical Accompaniment Voice narration
  • PlanningUse a scriptBlock Pop-ups, NotificationsOpen all sites, application you’ll be using ahead oftime
  • Video Recording Guidelines640x480 recommended video sizeCut out extraneous content..other programs, toolbars
  • Audio RecordingVariety of microphones Built-in Headset Stand alone USBTesting microphone qualitySelecting microphone within softwareQuiet, distraction free time/place
  • Software ConsiderationsHow much does it cost?Do I have to download or is it online?How long can I record?Does it allow editing?Where can I publish?Frequency?Support?
  • ScreenrFree, Web-based5 min Max
  • Screencast O Matic
  • Activity 1Activity 1 (Screenr, Screencast O Matic)A “How-to” Step by step/process3-4 minutes in length1-2 examplesSave/Share Via YouTubeExtra! Post via Social Media
  • ‘How to’ Topic IdeasHow to… Shop Online Send an Email Conduct an Internet Search Skype Chat Blog Twitter Check-out E-book Find a book Get Directions/Map
  • Screencasting PresentationsQuick DiscussionIndividual Presentations
  • Lunch Break
  • Jing
  • Snagit
  • Activity 2Using Jing: Topic: ‘How to create a screencast” Use shots from 2-3 mediums (webpages, document, powerpoint) Save/Share Email Presentation Extra! Post via Social Media
  • Screencasting PresentationsQuick DiscussionIndividual Presentations
  • AccessibilitySpeech to Text TranscriptionImport Captioning FilesCreate Searchable contentOutput Friendly
  • Camtasia
  • ReviewRemember your AudienceSimplifyKeep tutorials short, 3 minutesBreak-up larger content /SequenceUse a scriptPractice, Practice, Practice
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  • ContactAndrew YoungkinUniversity of Maryland, BaltimoreHealth Sciences & Human Services LibraryNNLM, SE/A, Suite 508601 West Lombard StreetBaltimore, Maryland 21201800.338.7657 (in region)410.706.2855Email: ayoungki@hshsl.umaryland.eduSkype: andrew.youngkin1Blog: