While instructors in higher education as well as the K-12 level are using standard videos made available by Kahn and others, there is an increasing desire among instructors to create their own screencasts – also called vodcasts – for use by their students and shared by other faculty. This is definitely one of the features that our customers have most often requested over the past year, and this week we’ve announced that the new version of Doceri, due out within 30 days, will include audio/video screencasting right from the Doceri Remote iPad app. In fact we’ve been selected at the prestigious SXSW LAUNCHedu event on Wednesday March 7, where we’ll give a preview of the new features.
This detailed guide describes the various options that will help you record movies (screencasts) of your iPad or iPhone screen. You can use it for capturing app demos, game walkthroughs and more. Reflection uses AirPlay technology to mirror your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 to your Mac computer. You can then control the iPad from the device and see the actions you take appear directly on your Mac. Why is this great for screencasting? Well, all you then have to do is throw a Jing or Screenr window over it and you can record some awesome iPad screencasts. The app costs $14.99 for Mac OS X 10.6+.
Teaching ourselves, our students and other educators how to use screenshooting (images) and screencasting (video) tools is a relevant skill to have that integrates in so many areas. Think Tutorial Designers (A role from the Digital Learning Farm) or the Flipped Classroom model. Being able to create, share and take advantage of readily available screencasts touch upon so many of the skills (create, communicate) and literacies (network, media, information literacy)
How would you flip a classroom with iPads? For fun, here's a quick exploration of 3 ways it might happen with iPad apps. If you're already doing it, please share a link in the comments area! It seems pretty obvious that flipped classroom is an idea that has enchanted many folks. After all...consider the excerpts from articles I've been reading lately...
I've been experimenting with having my students create screencasts using the ScreenChomp app on ipads. I've been overall pleased with the way that my students have produced these screencasts and think that it is providing some powerful metacognition. Includes example of a 7th grader's screencast on basic geometric figures and 8th grader's screencast on using proportions to solve.
Techsmith Labs (from the company that makes the popular Camtasia, Snagit and other wonderful screencasting tools) is experimenting with a new iPad app that promises to give you and me some limited functionality for recording screencasts on the iPad. You can download right now a free iPad app from Techsmith Labs called ScreenChomp. Although FULL screencasting capabilities on the iPad isn’t yet available (not without jail breaking or purchasing add’l expensive hardware, anyway) this app does let you record a screencast on an iPad whiteboard that’s built in to the ScreenChomp interface. I took ScreenChomp for a quick test drive and produced this screencast video. Although edited in Camtasia, the screencast itself was recorded entirely on the iPad.
If you are looking for an elementary iPad lesson in the techchef4u kitchen, it was probably cooked up by the ingenious Chef Carnazzo. This probability iLesson is no different. Carnazzo and her second grade class used the app ScreenChomp (featured in “Screen-casting & Problem-solving 4 the Classroom“) as a culminating apptivity from a week of work on probability (e.g. “TEKS 2.11: Probability and statistics. (C) use data to describe events as more likely or less likely such as drawing a certain color crayon from a bag of seven red crayons and three green crayons.”)
Screencasting tools, apps and resources including a tool comparison handout. Other pages in the wiki include screencast examples, production, ideas, tips & resources and a rationale for "why screencast?"
One academic task the iPad lends itself towards is screencasting. After all, the iPad is portable, powerful, and has been used with other presentation mediums (Keynote, PowerPoint, and Prezi) since its release because users have the option to create, save, and share all in one compact and visually-robust device. However, it’s been less obvious how to find screencasting software for the iPad. The intersection of these two teaching tools—iPads and screencasts—has been largely absent from these discussions, yet this combination has the ability to create great learning material for a variety of disciplines and classroom formats (face-to-face, mixed mode, and distance learning alike).
Flipped instruction (flipped classrooms, vodcasting, time-shifted instruction) allows students to view or review a lecture when they are ready to, at their own pace. This requires teachers to record lectures either live or, more often than not, prior to delivery. To capture a lecture, educators like Ramsey Musallam and Stacey Roshan use software that records their voice along with the action happening on their screen in real-time. Screencasting software for desktop/laptops is fully developed** – users can record screens while opening and closing applications and have access to post production elements (titles, transitions, trimming, etc) all from within the software. iPad apps are not so fully developed yet – with iOS4, users can only record what is going on within the screencasting app.
I previously wrote a post titled, Do Screencasts Have a Place in the Math Classroom? where I pointed out that many teachers seem to like the idea of screencasting but I haven’t really seen it fully implemented in classroom to the extent where students create their own screencasts. I also asked the question Why? Why isn’t screencasting being implemented in the math classroom? Is it too difficult? Too time-consuming? Well today I was able to have some of my questions answered when I worked with a grade 5 teacher that was able to easily create screencasts with her students using tablet technology.
The Educreations iPad app, which launched this week as a free download in the App Store (iTunes link), transforms the tablet into an interactive whiteboard that records a teacher’s voice and handwriting as they explain a concept or work through an example problem. Teachers can add photos to their lessons from the iPad’s Photo Library or camera, or a Dropbox account, and they can animate the photos by tapping and dragging. Finished lessons are hosted on educreations.com, where they can be shared privately with a class of students or publicly with everyone.
Okay, so you don’t have to show me the money, but I am excited about the new app that I found for the Ipad called “Show Me“. “ShowMe” is a global learning community – a place where anyone can learn or teach anything. Our mission is to make learning as accessible as possible, while giving great teachers and experts a platform to reach even more students.
So students have an iPad…. or maybe just the teacher has one. Now what?
How about having students use the iPad and the free Showme app or the feature rich Explain Everything app to explain what they are learning. These create a video, capturing the student’s voice, of the student writing on the screen.
Advantages: You know the student did their own work, you can hear their voice. These videos upload to the internet and can be embedded in a website… you can create a whole video library of examples… student created… that other students can use as a resource.
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