Getting Started with Screencasting


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Powerpoint of my session at ICT Links into Languages Conference, Southampton - Feb 2011.

Tutorials I created and the handout can be obtained from my Moodle site at: in the Screencasting for Beginners pages

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Getting Started with Screencasting

  1. 1. Getting started with Screencasting Jackie Berry – ICT Links into Languages Conference Southampton - Feb 2011
  2. 2. SESSION CONTENT <ul><li>What is a screencast? </li></ul><ul><li>How can I use it as a teacher? </li></ul><ul><li>How can it be used by my pupils? </li></ul><ul><li>What equipment do I need? </li></ul><ul><li>Software or web? A look at some options. </li></ul><ul><li>Top tips for beginners </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>a digital movie showing an animated computer screen recording </li></ul><ul><li>often has an audio narration and sometimes music </li></ul><ul><li>typically recordings of what is happening on a computer screen – e.g. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a web browsing session </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a software demonstration or tutorial, recorded in real-time by a guide to show a particular task. </li></ul></ul>What’s a screencast?
  4. 4. Why use them in education? <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>My pupils can create them, too!
  5. 5. How many apps do you use with your pupils as part of your teaching? How confident (or competent) are they when using them?
  6. 6. ...or support them when you have set a task for homework? Wouldn’t it be great if you could remind them how without repeating yourself...
  7. 7. Tutorial for Voki recorded using Jing Which applications might you want to create tutorials for?
  8. 8. but screencasts can be more than just a useful way to demonstrate computer and web tools...
  9. 9. ... you can also use them as reminders of your lesson content... ... or to address specific difficulties from the lesson – e.g. grammar points or vocabulary.
  10. 10. Example post-lesson screencast...
  11. 11. Reinforcing grammar points...
  12. 12. Screencasts can be a great way to give your students feedback, too!
  13. 13. Screencasts for student feedback <ul><li>&quot; I don’t think I’d ever go back to giving feedback on paper again because it’s lacking to me because they’re not listening to it and they’re not actually seeing the process grow on their screen because when they watch the video and they see their first, second, third draft, they see this new story. They can see their story growing and they can see the entire writing process as a process and not as something that you just stamp on a piece of paper and then get a different piece of paper later on.&quot; </li></ul> Joe Dale’s Typepad Blog @mrsenorhill
  14. 14. Student feedback using screencasts
  15. 15. Screencasting for Education
  16. 16. Screencasts can also add another dimension to resources created in other applications...
  17. 17. <ul><li>Creative online tool </li></ul><ul><li>Develops reading & writing skills </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages writing for a purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher & pupil friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Can write in any language </li></ul><ul><li>BUT… </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot share on unless in English </li></ul><ul><li>No narration possible in Storybird </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult for non-specialists to share a ready-made story with a class </li></ul>
  18. 18. Sharing MFL Storybirds
  19. 19. A Fantastic resource for languages teaching, however... ... you can’t embed sound files, so it’s not easy for non-specialists to read a story to the class.
  20. 20. But if you use a screencasting tool after creating your story...
  21. 21. ...Storybird speaks! Narrated online and downloaded as .mp4* file using
  22. 22. Why not try it with toondoo or ZooBURST ? <ul><li>A pupil-produced screencast of their work could allow you to assess their speaking as well as their writing skills. </li></ul>Suzi Bewell’s ToonDoo AFL writing assessment can be downloaded at
  23. 23. How can my pupils use screencasting in the classroom?
  24. 24. WE could create our own talking books... ... and share them with younger pupils or on our own school wiki!
  25. 25. WE can use them in lots of other ways, too...
  26. 26. A few ideas for pupils <ul><li>Weather forecast recorded using an online weather map </li></ul><ul><li>Use an online street map – children script then record spoken directions and follow them on-screen from a railway station to a landmark, for example. </li></ul><ul><li>Annotate and describe a painting, photo or picture in the target language – try it on your IWB! </li></ul><ul><li>what would you get them doing? </li></ul>
  27. 27. What do I need to get started? <ul><li>A computer, laptop or your IWB! </li></ul><ul><li>an internet connection </li></ul><ul><li>a microphone </li></ul><ul><li>somewhere to host completed screencasts* </li></ul>
  28. 28. Free screencasting tools
  29. 29. Applications by type Download software Web-based (use online)
  30. 30. Web-based applications <ul><li>Pros </li></ul><ul><li>No software to install – only need internet connection. </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based apps usually written in Java so support all major platforms and browsers. </li></ul><ul><li>Recorded video uploaded to the web automatically so no worries about hosting or which format to choose when saving the video. </li></ul><ul><li>Cons </li></ul><ul><li>Recording length very limited –(typically 3-5 mins) </li></ul><ul><li>Video & sound quality may be lower than with software apps </li></ul><ul><li>Can't control the format of the videos* </li></ul><ul><li>Can't usually edit the videos to erase mistakes, got to do the whole thing again** </li></ul>
  31. 31. Got an Interactive whiteboard? There’s in-built software on many Smart &promethean boards...
  32. 32. So, once I’ve made them, How do I save and share my screencasts?
  33. 33. Save them to your computer... ...or online. avi, mpeg, mp4, wmv, swf... Jing gives 2MB free storage at I use RealPlayer to convert between formats. Free download
  34. 34. I share them on our vle... ... but you can also embed them into websites & wikis or send email links to online content.
  35. 35. Embedding a screencast to a wiki using Jing
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  37. 37. Tweet your screencasts!
  38. 38. Screencast-O-Matic <ul><li>Online recorder </li></ul><ul><li>up to 15 min recording time </li></ul><ul><li>Upload to Screencast-O-Matic site, YouTube, or download </li></ul><ul><li>MP4, WMV, AVI, or Flash SWF file </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasise mouse clicks with colored dot </li></ul><ul><li>Can resize when saved* </li></ul>Page down on the website for instructions on how to record your screencast
  39. 39. Other free screencasting tools
  40. 40. <ul><li>Before you start: </li></ul><ul><li>Get to know your screencast program by trying it out </li></ul><ul><li>Close programs you don’t need for the screencast </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure the ones you need are open and ready </li></ul><ul><li>Test your microphone </li></ul><ul><li>Write a script </li></ul><ul><li>Do a ‘dry run’ first </li></ul><ul><li>Save your screencast in a format you can play back and share </li></ul>some Top tips for beginners...
  41. 41. over to you! What will you produce? My screen-casting tutorials from this presentation can be viewed and downloaded at View Russell Stannard’s & others from the links provided in this slideshow.