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Just Push Play: Screencasting for Your Library


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Just Push Play: Screencasting for Your Library

  1. 1. PRESENTED BY STEVE GARWOOD < [email_address] > LECTURER SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION, INFORMATION AND LIBRARY STUDIES RUTGERS UNIVERSITY Just Push Play: Screencasting for Your Library (Be there for your students no matter what time of day… Continued LIVE!!)
  2. 2. Recording Notes/Comments <ul><li>Was my recording “perfect”? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>did it really matter? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>text </li></ul>
  3. 3. What I primarily Use <ul><li>Jing by TechSmith </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Image captures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short (<5min) Video captures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to share via email/IM </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Camtasia by TechSmith </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lectures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Screen Demos/Presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Adobe Captivate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lectures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Screen Demos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software Simulations </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What I primarily Use (Quick Comparison) Product/Desc $$ Formats Export /Produce Notes Features Jing Free flash only png/swf only <5min Great for “disposable” Easy upload Automatic url in clipboard Camtasia $299 $179 (ed) flash mov wmv avi m4v mp3 All associated files produced .html, .js Fluid Video Pan/Zoom Captions Quizzing Cursor Highlight Mouse Sounds Captivate $699 $199 (ed) flash exe “” Slide based Better for Simulations 508 & SCORM compliant PowerPointesque presentation tools, etc. Better Quizzing
  5. 5. Library Applications
  6. 6. Library Applications – What it Replaces <ul><li>Lost opportunity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>students using library resources on THEIR time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>point of need assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>public who can’t make class/training times </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Staff overload </li></ul><ul><ul><li>same class/training again and again </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>same question over and over again </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Library Applications – What it Enhances <ul><li>Customer service </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>adds to text or screen capture based tutorials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>great for auditory/visual learners </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Customer and Staff training </li></ul><ul><ul><li>follow up/review/additional resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>specialized training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>school groups </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>business audiences </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Library Applications – What New Things… <ul><li>Personalize </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ voice” and “personality” to your library </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communicate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>esp. to newer generations who “expect” video </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library able to effectively use technology </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. What you need to get started
  10. 10. Advantages <ul><li>It’s easy to do the basics in each program </li></ul><ul><li>Reuse and Repurpose content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If you break things into small chunks you can “mash-up” your content to create new content </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be timely (the world loves video) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who doesn’t know the term Viral Video? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Vodcast </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasting is cool…vodcasting is very cool </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Getting Started - Hardware <ul><li>Windows based PC* </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1.0 GHz processor minimum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1.0 GB RAM minimum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>adequate hard-disk space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>@60 MB for program installation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>20-40 GB to store video files </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Microphone/Speakers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>headset recommended </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Getting Started - Software <ul><li>To Create: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>screencasting Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Camtasia (recommended) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jing, Captivate and Snapz Pro X are alternatives (more in guide) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>cost </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>@$199/$249 educational/govt </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>To Watch: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>browser with Flash Player </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Getting Started – Computer Skills <ul><li>Basic </li></ul><ul><ul><li>save a file (and find it again) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>upload a file </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>adjusting volume settings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>resize/move window(s) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>plug cables into machine </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Getting Started – Tips <ul><li>Let go…you’re not a trained broadcaster </li></ul><ul><li>Water… </li></ul>
  15. 15. Disadvantages <ul><li>You have to learn something new </li></ul><ul><li>It takes time to record, produce and upload </li></ul><ul><li>You may have to change your approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lectures should generally be “chunked” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Attention spans are short and bandwidth is precious </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Break things apart to put them together in other ways </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Might have to re-do PPT slides so they scale </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ 6x6” rule </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Questions? <ul><li>What are your questions for me? </li></ul>