The CTE recently hosted a workshop on the Flipped Classroom. We spent a day eating yummy food and snacks, as well as sharing instructional strategies and modeling a flipped classroom experience. To supplement the workshop, I thought I’d share three video tools that can be used in a flipped or your current classroom. I have used these tools in my online courses. Essentially, screen capture refers to a process that records audio and video components on your computer screen. (However, it may also refer to a still image of your computer screen.)
This is a free web based screen capturing tool for up to 15 minutes of recording time or feel free to purchase for more features. I use the free version. Screencast-O-Matic allows video creation in multiple formats (mp4, avi and flv) for uploading to its site or YouTube.
- Use Screencast-O-Matic to provide a video introduction of yourself or a course, whether it’s online, hybrid or face-to-face.
- Need to respond to a student question, but it would take too long to type it out or need to "show it", use this tool to personalize your response or keep it general and use it again later.
- Keep your first video short until you become more familiar with the tools and process.
- Don’t sweat the small mistakes-the show must go on!
Most of you are already familiar with YouTube. But…did you know that YouTube has editing capabilities and an automatic text captioning feature? It’s not perfect-but it’s a start. You may also upload a transcript. Check out this YouTube video that quickly walks you through closed captioning. Also, you can categorize your video files as public, private or unlisted.
Tech Tip: Use “Mashups” in Blackboard to easily view and share YouTube videos.
Here’s an example of how I used the videos tool to provide my students a tutorial for formatting Microsoft Word for a College 101 type course.
This is my first attempt at blogging. I hope you found it helpful. Is there something you’ve been wondering how to add to your classroom? Need help with any of these tools? The CTE is here to help you! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call extension 3371.