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John Dalziel's insight:
The user friendly VC Recorder is innovative and free.
I talked about the "flipped classroom", and the potential use of the model for CPD within Learning Providers, at our 2012 Annual Event in Southport.
Like any new methods/tools etc., learners need instruction & support as they are introduced into learning/teaching/cpd.
Yes time needs to be invested into producing resources to facilitate the "flipped classroom/cpd" but both return on investment and value on investment make it very worth while.
- Wallpaper Tool for Multiple Monitor Desktops
- is a desktop application, designed for Windows, to help users set up and adjust any PC screen’s wallpapers to their liking.
- allows users to use filters on their wallpapers and/or edit them by rotating, inverting, zooming or panning with ease.
Users also have the option to select different wallpapers for each screen that they use in a multi-monitor setup; this is ideal for those producing vidcasts and/or webinars etc.
Present.Me is a really easy way to record and share your presentations using your webcam...
Present.me allows users to sync their recorded audio and video to their slides then publish everything as one complete package.
- to record a presentation and posting it online could be helpful for learners who are absent on the day that practitioners give a short lecture.
- could also be helpful for learners who need some accessible review materials.
- could be a great tool for practitioners trying out the flipped classroom model.
Record & Share your Ideas using the Free Option: - 3 presentations per month; 15 mins per presentation; 1 private presentation per month; to evaluate if it meets your needs.
The Faculties are a new, free educational resource especially for those A-level students thinking about applying to University.
The website provides short films of university lecturers speaking on topics drawn from the A-level curriculum in Maths, English, Biology, Psychology, Chemistry and History. There are currently over 300 podcasts on the site, with more to follow.
The aim of The Faculties website is to encourage deeper learning, stretch and inspire learners and help them make a successful transition to university.
On 'The Faculties', the recordings are specially designed for the A-level classroom. All the topics have been provided by the major exam boards and by teachers and so consequently, they are more directly relevant to the A-level curriculum.
Videos are hosted directly on the site, and not pulled in from YouTube which should avoid filtering issues in some learning environments.
Videos can be downloaded, but only on request.
Videos can still be embedded into VLE’s etc, and linked to directly.
The Whiteboard Blog is produced by Danny Nicholson, a freelance educational consultant and PGCE science lecturer.
He informs us that his main speciality is the use of Interactive Whiteboards, but is also interested in lots of different bits of technology that are now being used in the learning environment.
Interactive whiteboards (IWBs) are popular with learning providers because they're a big symbol of technology. Unfortunately, they're often installed without providing a budget to teach users how to use them effectively. That's where Danny Nicholson's "The Whiteboard Blog" comes to the rescue.
In The Whiteboard Blog visitors will find dozens of video tutorials and printable help sheets; both providing help for those wanting to learn how to use an IWB and develop lessons. Also discussion of other technology that impacts on education.
These video screencasts are on Screenr.com. They have been created by Shawn Brandt (@sbrandt) and, out of the 120 videos he has posted a large number of them are all about Moodle.
The topics range from beginner to more advanced and most videos are under 5 minutes.
Note:- many appear to have reference to a Moodle training course that is not available publicly; that doesn’t detract from the great ideas and processes that are outlined in the clips. Among other topics they include...
* adding events and using the calendar
* using assignments
* creating pages and resources
* displaying directories
* using .zip files to upload multiple files
* improving your course aesthetics
* and so much more.
An increasing number of practitioners have been sharing their ideas and expertise through vidcasts which are both easy to follow and helpful.
The big plus about vidcasts are that they are "Just in time" resources available 24/7.
Bev Evans' video tutorials are available on this Youtube Channel.
Facebook, Microsoft, Google, and other major tech companies have joined together.
They’ve partnered with non-profit organization Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) to build A Platform For Good.
It’s a safe digital place for teens, parents, and teachers to learn about and share information about online safety.
A Platform For Good is a host of resources that have been combined into one solid platform. From videos to blogs to tips for parents and youngsters, there’s more than enough information about online safety to keep them busy.
The Teach Teachers Tech video series, a series of videos that do what the name suggests, is something well worth a closer look.
There are videos on turning learning environments into a digital textbook, digital field trips, and more.
Backpack TV: - a website creating a library of academic videos from across the web.
Browse for videos by subject, topic, and video duration.
Backpack TV also organises videos according to the content providers; e.g. Khan Academy, Patrick JMT, and 60 Second Recap.
Backpack TV can be useful resource for practitioners and learners to find short video lectures and demonstrations to supplement classroom instruction.
The videos can also be helpful for learners who need a quick recap/tutorial for course/homework assignment(s).
Free open source screen recording software.
- is excellent quality;
- gets continuously upgraded and improved;
- is remarkably easy to use.
- creates a screen record video in .AVI format, and has the option to create an FLV file from it.
Webinaria can also combine a different video input, like a webcam, with the screen recording process.