Screencasting in the Cloud Caroline Conlon, eLearning Design CoordinatorFaculty Development & Instructional Design Center
Workshop Objectives• Define Screencasting• Define “in the cloud”• Explore variety of applications for screencasts in higher education• Understand technical requirements for recording, publishing, storing, and sharing• Understand and implement “best practices” into your recordings• Record and share!
Screencasting Definitions 1. “A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration...” 2. “…videos that record the actions that take place on the computer screen, most often including a narrative audio track, in order to demonstrate various computer-related tasks, such as how to use a software program or navigate to a certain Web site…” 2. Kroski, A. (2009). Thats infotainment!: how to create your own screencasts. School Library Journal, Retrieved from1. screencast. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screencast http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6632973.html
Uses of Screencasts• Guided website tours Other Uses?• Guided software /database training• Providing feedback to students• Student created• Lesson starters or extensions
Uses for Screencasts
Uses for Screencasts
Benefits of ScreencastsEase of use Several applications are free Can be as simple as pressing the “record” button Does not have to take any production time Ease of sharing Stored in the cloud Embed into Blackboard (no effect on course quota) Link emailed Ease of viewing Watch when convenient Watch as often as needed Player controls
Benefits of ScreencastsOther Benefits?
“Cloud” Computing Definitions 1. “…a technology that uses the internet and central remote servers to maintain data and applications. Cloud computing allows consumers and businesses to use applications without installation and access their personal files at any computer with internet access…” 2. “…the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product…”1. Cloud computing. (n.d.). Retrieved from 2. Cloud computing. (n.d.). Retrieved fromhttp://www.wikinvest.com/concept/Cloud_Computing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing
Screencasting + The CloudEquates to:The ability to create a screencast from an application that does not require a downloadApplications are freeApplications have little learning curveEnd product (i.e. recording) is stored remotelyEnd product is typically viewable to anyoneGeared toward short, focused tutorialsNo user interactivity
Screencasting + The Cloud Two well-known applications http://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cXhbbqb9C
Screencasting + The Cloud Features Screenr SOM Jing Record time 5 minutes 15 minutes 5 minutes File format mp4 mp4, avi, flv swf Editable No Yes (pro version) Yes (pro version) Captionable No Yes (pro version) NoHighlighted cursor No Yes No Watermark Yes Yes YesOpenly Searchable Yes* No No High Definition Yes Yes YesUnique Feature(s) Integrated Pro version Pro version w/Twitter & $12/year $14/year (also Facebook integrates w/FB&T
Technical StuffWhat you will need to record, publish, & store: USB headset (approximately $30) Latest version of Java Plug-in w/preferred browser High-speed Internet connection Account w/Screenr or SOM (or Google, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo for Screenr)What you will need to share Embed code URL If hosting on YouTube, integrates w/ Blackboard via Mashup
Best Practices Clean up your browser and close applications before recording If recording more than one screencast, try to be consistent with dimensions and settings Don’t record full screen Write a script Avoid “umms” and “ahhs” (hard without script!) Test your microphone / audio settings Speak slowly and enunciate USB microphones will provide the best audio for playback
Let’s Go!1. Go to www.screenr.com2. Log in to Screenr using your guest username and passwords, selecting the Google option3. Choose your script or topic: • Guided Blackboard course tour (no script) • Instructional video I – how to change your desktop background • Instructional video II – how to reply to a Blackboard discussion board thread • Topic of your choice4. Review script and corresponding actions or practice your own tutorial5. Test your microphone and adjust audio6. Do a “testing 1, 2, 3” recording to be sure audio sounds good7. Record! If you get stuck, you can pause or delete. Once you delete, you must start over.8. STOP - we will go through the publishing and sharing process together
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