Simple, Cheap, and Easy Video for You and Your Students
Screencasting for Pedagogy
Free up classtime. Create repeatable mini-lessons.
Two Geography Tools
Footnotes in Google Docs
Google Drive for Canisius Students
Google Drive for Work in a Course
Screencasting with Screencast-O-Matic I
Screencasting with Screencast-O-Matic II
Before You Create Your Own Screencasts
- Good videos already available on YouTube?
- For example, this one, for iMovie, is pretty good
- Can you find a video without distracting advertising?
- Are the videos you find too long, or contain inappropriate or irrelevant content?
- Make non-course-specific videos useable across your courses? Useable by colleagues?
- Collaboration with colleagues, Teaching & Learning, IT staff?
- Best: usable by anyone.
Assessment: Basic Video Production
Students learn basic digital creation and analysis skills for video media. Just some possibilities:
- Public television-style documentary.
- Ken Burns, Frontline, etc.
- Simple slide-shows. Video clips. Graphics.
- Explainers: students demonstrating or teaching procedures or concepts.
- Can become OERs for other students, classes, world.
- Use screencasts to teach or demonstrate procedures outside classtime.
- Budget/factor in time/effort: students should expect to learn to create, deliver, and troubleshoot video projects.
- Provide suggestions or requirements on tools:
- video production software or applications.
- Delivery: ex. YouTube? LMS?
- Hardware: Camera? Most likely a microphone.
- Can Teaching & Learning and IT support staff help?
- Anticipate replacing obsolete videos
- Awhile ago I recorded video how-tos for Movie Maker 2012, but have since concluded that it's clunky and troublesome compared to simply using PowerPoint.
Video assignments may vary, but some common elements to consider:
- Learning objectives
- documentary video requires rigorous--scholarly–content quality.
- quality work: stream-of-conciousness or hastily prepared video unacceptable.
- Script. Students should draft content before recording.
- Teacher feedback on draft?
- Scholarly evidence: citations, bibliography.
- Image content requirements: What should appear on screen?
- Property Rights
- Timing, transitions, visual effects
- Bibliography, citations, attributions?
- Instructions for sound
- narrative delivery: Deliver with conviction. Practice. Expect to Edit.
Screencasts Supporting Student Video Projects
Basic Video Documentary: via PowerPoint (Camtasia)
Hosting and Sharing Videos via Google Drive (Screencast-O-Matic)
Clipping Video in YouTube (Camtasia)
Using the YouTube Editor (Camtasia)
Sample Assignment Script
This assignment is for a U.S. military history course populated primarily by non-history majors.
Here's a great discussion of creating a documentary video assignment (aimed at K-12 students, but certainly adaptable to higher ed.)
Cheap and Free Options for Screencasts and Video Slideshows
|Very quick and easy screencasting. Limited to five minutes. To share videos, practically requires upload to screencast.com, and use of flash for playback.|
|Ideal for everyday screencast and webcam recording. Free version allows 15 minute videos with a minor watermark. Videos recorded can be sent directly to Screencast-O-Matic's hosting site or YouTube, and allows video file creation for hosting in Google Drive. Videos can record and include screencasts, webcams, or both. Paid version includes editing and scripting tools.|
|Simple online slideshow video creator, that does not require a login (account.) Must record narrative audio with another tool, and upload to combine with slides.|
|High-end video creation and editing suite, that contains an excellent toolset for screencast or webcam recording. Camtasia is very expensive, but offers discount for educators. (There's a 1-month free trial, but it installs an imposing watermark on videos.) If you anticipate doing lots of video work, it is worth purchasing. For example, Camtasia has a full-featured, simple to use pan-and-zoom tool not widely available in screencast or editing applications.|
|An excellent whiteboarding tool for tablets that records all activity as a screencast. Ideal for discussing maps or images with annotations.|
|Microsoft PowerPoint, particularly 2013 and 2016, can easily export slideshows with narrations and timings to .MP4 video files.|
QuickTime & iMovie for Mac
|Mac computers include excellent tools for webcam and screencast recording and editing.|
|A simple, free toolset that allows creation of meme graphics, simple but dynamic web pages, and slideshow videos. Works on Desktop (PC or Mac) and mobile apps (Tablets.|