Class 9: Teach with Screencasts

Featured image by Free-Photos from Pixabay 

In today’s class we will look at using video to share content with students. As an in-class activity students will first look at two options for using existing video content. Then we will turn our attention to creating how-to video using screencasts and paper casting.


First – take a quick look at ViewPure – share video content with students without related sidebar video suggestions. This is a great tool to shelter your students from nasty YouTube content that may only be a few clicks away. Click here to “purify” a video. 


EdPuzzle is a free web-based tool that you can use to pick a video, add your magical touch and track your students’ understanding. It allows you to add questions, audio and notes to existing videos from Y ouTube, Khan Academy, Crash Course and more. If you’d rather record and upload your own video, go for it! 

Create a free teacher account at EdPuzzle
Find EdPuzzle Tutorials here

Follow these steps to create an account, a test class, and make content.



Creating Screencasts and PaperCasts

HERE’S A FEW TIPS FOR VIDEO CREATION:
  • Keep it simple. Think of audience and purpose. 
  • Keep it short. Why make students sit through a long how-to?
  • If you can, use a plug in mic (just a standard smartphone earbud mic works well). Do a quick test to check the volume level and mic position first to get sound level right.
  • Practice a few times to find efficient ways to demonstrate and describe what you’re doing.
  • If you will be entering much text as part of the task, I create a text document first so I can copy/paste text into what you’re demonstrating ( I hate watching videos of people typing).
Samples from last Spring here

Apps / Tools for Creating Screencasts

1. Mac users can make screencast use QuickTime Player – it’s built into Macs. You can easily capture your screen with narration.
How to Use on Mac Here.
You can upload your video to your YouTube account. You can then get the URL to embed in a WordPress “YouTube” block.

2. Make a screencast with  Loom – a free Chrome browser plug in.
To get Loom open your Chrome browser and get the Loom extension here.
How to Use Loom Here
Loom hosts your video. You can get an embed code from Loom and use it with a WordPress “Custom HTML” block to embed into your WordPress post.

How to get Loom Embed Code

3. Sketch out a lesson and videotape it. Shoot a video using your smartphone. You can use little slips of paper or you could draw. If you’re not an artist, you could also shoot a video of you reading a picture book. You can upload your video to your YouTube account. You can then get the URL to embed in a WordPress “YouTube” block.

by Madi Ohashi and Lauryn Nakashima
By Emma Cromwell

Assignment 9: Explain with a Screencast | Screencast 21-A9

Students will design and record a screencast as an element of a lesson. If you have already made a screencast as part of a lesson from your placement, feel free to use it here. Note: It does not need to be a full lesson via the screencast – just one of the tools you might use in a larger lesson.

Your post should include:

  • Embedded screencast
  • Lesson context, audience and purpose.
  • How the screencast might assist you with the lesson or your communications goal. For example, is this to help parents with homework? Or to provide students background for a new unit. Or an explanation to students on how to do something.
  • Featured image and title.

If you use Quicktime Player, you should plan to load it up to your YouTube account and embed using the YouTube block built into WordPress. If you use Loom, then you should get the embed code from Loom and embed in WordPress with “Custom HTML” block.

If you shoot a sketch video on your phone, you can transfer it to a computer and then upload to YouTube from there. Embed using the YouTube block built into WordPress.

Note: Feel free to use another screen casting tool if you like.

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