UNH TechTalk – Producing and Sharing Online Screencasts (January 22, 2013)

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We recently had another great TechTalk here at the Education Department on January 22, 2013. The focus of this TechTalk was on the use of FREE online tools that can be used to capture, produce, and share screencasts for educational use. For those of you that may not know about the TechTalks, they are an initiative of the Education Department here at UNH, and are open to the public. They focus on the implications of digital texts and tools on teaching and learning in our classrooms. Our goal is to promote dialogue about the use of digital texts and tools in teaching and learning. We believe that our faculty, pre-service teachers, and veteran teachers should be engaged in conversations about literacy and technology.

The most recent TechTalk focused on my thinking about creating and using multimodal tutorials in teaching and learning. I indicated that it seems foolish to me to provide students or colleagues with a list of textual directions that indicate how to search and sift through different websites and online tools. It is also important to consider how powerful video is as a learning text for a number of our students.

My progression in the creation and use of multimodal content (images, video, and audio) moved from screen captures (static images clipped from the screen) to the production of screencasts (video recordings of events on a computer screen). In this TechTalk, I discussed this progression of thought and share these materials on this webpage. I then detailed the use of Skitch on the Mac or PC to create and annotate screen captures. (For those of you that attended the session…I apologize…Skitch is now available on Windows). We then moved to the use of Jing to not only create screen captures, but also produce screencasts on the Mac and PC. Finally, we discussed my recent use of Screencast-o-matic as a great tool in producing these screencasts on any computer.

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The TechTalk wrapped up with some discussion about how I use Google Presentation to share powerpoint presentations with students by embedding them in an online classroom. We also discussed using Explain Everything to record screencasts on the iPad. In future TechTalks we will focus on the use of Google Presentation, Forms, Docs…and using the iPad to record discussions for students.

Our next TechTalk will be in February and will focus on Twitter in teaching and learning.

This blog post was originally published at http://wiobyrne.blogspot.com/



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  1. Clearly, I missed a great demonstration of some exciting tools.

    Hope to see you in February.

  2. Hi Tara. It was a blast to showcase some tools that I use daily. Hope to see you next month to talk about Twitter.