Unit 2 - Instant Screencasting: Quick videos

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Unit 2 - Instant Screencasting

Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define what instant screencasting is an how it is different than traditional screencasting.
  • Participants will be able to identify if instant screencasting can solve some of their concerns about use of video in the classroom.
  • Participants will be able to download and install Jing.
  • Participants will be able to use Jing to capture video.
  • Participants will be able to use Jing to capture images.
  • Participants will be able to use screencast.com (integrated with Jing) to share their videos.
  • Participants will be asked to create a sample video and share it using Jing and screencast.com.
  • Participants will be asked to discuss and comment on their video and their classmates' work.
  • Participants will be able to discuss the pros and cons of using different types of instant screencasting software (Jing, Screenr, Screencast-O-Matic.
  • Participants will be able to create videos using Screenr.com.
  • Participants will be able to share videos using Screenr.com.
  • Participants will be able to create videos using Screencast-O-Matic.com.
  • Participants will be able to share videos using Screencast-O-Matic.com.
  • Participants will be asked to discuss which instant screencasting software fits the needs of their instruction best.

Lesson 1 - Is instant screencasting the answer to some of our issues?

Instructors are often hesitant to use video in their classroom for a variety of reasons, the two major ones being time invested versus return on that time invested and the complexity of most screencasting software. Instant screencasting applications, with their the ability to create quick videos, eliminates two of these major issues. These software applications do not provide video editing capabilities which is a disadvantage in many applications but has the twofold benefit of drastically reducing both the complexity of learning this software and the amount of time it will require to create a video. For instructors who are beginning to utilize video in their classroom the benefits of instant screencasting help to outweigh some of the negatives.

Another negative to instant screencasting software is the length of the videos that can be created. Traditional screencasting software can create videos of any time length. However, try considering the short time limitations as a benefit to your instruction. Attention span is often an issue when watching a video on a computer screen and this is especially true with the increasing prevalence of even smaller screens as mobile devices become more ubiquitous (Maniar, 51). By using storyboarding and scripting, which we will learn later in this course in combination with practice we will learn to best utilize the video length most efficiently.

Finally, the cost of all software used in this course is free ($0). You can optionally add more advanced paid software as you get more experienced but the cost of free is a far cry from the cost of Camtasia Studio ($179) [1] and Adobe Captivate ($299) [2] , which are fully featured screencasting and video editors.

This course will cover three different types of instant screencasting software.

Here is a comparison chart of their features:

Comparison of Instant Screencasting software
Software maximum length of video can utilize webcam? can publish to YouTube? private videos? screenshots requirements?
Jing 5 no no yes yes Windows, Mac
Screenr 5 no yes no no Java
Screencast-O-Matic 15 yes yes yes no Java

Lesson 2 - How to use Jing

In this lesson we will learn how to use Jing. Watch this next series of videos to learn how to download, install and begin using Jing to capture videos and images.

Button-Next-icon.png Activity Videos-icon.png Watch: Downloading and installing Jing

Button-Next-icon.png Activity Videos-icon.png Watch: Capture a Video using Jing

Button-Next-icon.png Activity Videos-icon.png Watch: Capture an Image using Jing

Button-Next-icon.png Activity Hardware-Video-Camera-record-icon.png Create: Create a sample video

  • Now, using what you have learned from the video create your own screencast. Create a screencast of a length between 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Button-Next-icon.png Activity Earth-Upload-icon.png Share: Submit your sample video

  • After you have created your screencast, upload your video to screencast.com.
  • Copy the link to your video from the title bar.

Button-Next-icon.png Activity User-Group-icon.png Discussion: your video and other classmates videos

  • Create a new post with the subject of your video on the discussion forum.
  • Paste the link to your video in the subject of your discussion post.
  • Comment on your discussion post and comment on your classmates discussion posts of their videos.

Lesson 3 - How to use Screenr.com

In this lesson we will learn to use Screenr to create videos. Screenr has other advantages not listed in the comparison chart. It has easy sign in integration which means you do not have to create an account on their website because you can utilize your Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo or LinkedIn accounts. This feature makes getting started in Screenr very easy.

Screenr also advertises a universal player, which will allow Screenr.com videos to display on mobile devices like phones and tablets easily.

Screenr requires no download and installation but Java needs to be installed.

Screenr also does not allow videos to be made private but you can publish your videos to YouTube, make them private there and delete the videos from Screenr as a workaround to this limitation.

To begin learning about Screenr click the How to use Screenr.com tutorial video below:


Button-Next-icon.png Activity Videos-icon.png Watch: How to use Screenr.com tutorial


  • Now that you have learned about Screenr, create a sample video.

Button-Next-icon.png Activity Hardware-Video-Camera-record-icon.png Create: Create a sample video

  • After creating a sample video upload it to Screenr.com and copy the link to the video to the clipboard by selecting the copy button.
  • Submit your sample video the discussion area by pasting the link in.

Button-Next-icon.png Activity Earth-Upload-icon.png Share: Submit your sample video

  • Create a new post with the subject of your video on the discussion forum.
  • Paste the link to your video in the subject of your discussion post.
  • Comment on your own work and your classmates' work.

Button-Next-icon.png Activity User-Group-icon.png Discuss: Discuss your sample video

Lesson 4 - How to use Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic provides other features that are unique to the instant screencasting alternatives. Screencast-O-Matic allows for videos of up to 15 minutes in length to be created. It also allows the use of your computer's web cam (if you have one). Using the web cam will display a video of your webcam on part of the screen while the software is recording. This can be used to add a personal touch to your video instruction or perform a demonstration that requires your students to be able to see you.

  • In this activity you will learn about how to operate Screencast-O-Matic:

Button-Next-icon.png Activity Videos-icon.png Watch: Screencast-O-Matic tutorial


Button-Next-icon.png Activity Earth-Upload-icon.png Share: Submit your sample video

  • After you have created your screencast, upload your video to Screencast-O-Matic
  • Copy the link to your video from the title bar.

Button-Next-icon.png Activity User-Group-icon.png Discussion: your video and other classmates videos

  • Create a new post with the subject of your video on the discussion forum.
  • Paste the link to your video in the subject of your discussion post.
  • Comment on your discussion post and comment on your classmates discussion posts of their videos.

Lesson 5 - What fits your needs best?

Button-Next-icon.png Activity User-Group-icon.png Discussion: Compare Lesson 2 and 3 and 4 videos, weigh pros and cons of the software in the discussion area

  • Read the READ ME! post located in the Lessons 2, 3, and 4 discussion forum.
  • Create a new thread in the Lessons 2, 3, and 4 comparison discussion forum.

References

Adobe. (2011). Adobe Education Pricing. Retrieved from http://www.adobe.com/education/purchasing/education_pricing.html

Articulate Global Inc. (2011). Screenr Web Tour. Retrieved April 2011 from http://www.screenr.com/webtour.aspx?iframe

Cutts, J. (2010, June 7). Basics of Using Jing. Retrieved April 2011 from http://youtu.be/9Cbn3H6o7iQ

Maniar, N., Bennett, E., Hand, S., Allan, G. (2008, April). The effect of mobile phone screen size on video based learning. Journal of Software, 3(4). 51-61

TechSmith. (2011). TechSmith Store Education Pricing. Retrieved from https://store.techsmith.com/education.asp

TechSmith. (n.d.). Capture a Video. Jing Learning Center. Retrieved April 2011 from http://www.techsmith.com/learn/jing/tutorials/capture/capture-video/

TechSmith. (n.d.). Capture an Image. Jing Learning Center. Retrieved April 2011 from http://www.techsmith.com/learn/jing/tutorials/capture/capture-image/

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Cabinet-icon48.pngInstant Screencasting: Quick and Basic Screen Capture for Online and Hybrid Instruction

Folder go.pngUnit 1 - Screencasting - Bridging the visual communication gap
Folder go.pngUnit 2 - Instant Screencasting: Quick videos
Folder go.pngUnit 3 - Improving Your Screencasts
Folder go.pngUnit 4 - Integrating Video in the Classroom