Monday, March 21, 2011


To start this blog, I will describe the tools that I am currently using to create my screen casts for my students. I upload the .pdf file of the handouts into Adobe Acrobat Pro. I use a Wacom Bamboo touchpad to add details to the file. I use Jing to record the audio and video capture in .mp4 format. I upload this to Screencast and create a playlist of the Jing files. I insert a link to the playlist in my class webpage.

After attending the CUE conference, this is what I would like to change. I would like to create a webpage for each video that contains the video and a form that the student use to write a brief summary of the video and indicate specific areas that they want me to go over in class. This adds accountability to the process. So far I have created the Google form, the webpage, and tried to embed the video. However, I cannot embed a ScreenCast media role into the website (I keep getting an error when I add the embed code). I tried YouTube and Vimeo and could embed a video just fine. I had problems embedding a TeacherTube video as well. So it looks like I will need to create one video instead of several shorter videos (Jing has a time limit of 5 minutes). I have downloaded a trial version of Camtasia studios. I will let you know how it goes.

What are the current setups that you are using?

1 comment:

  1. Currently, I use Jing and, but I do want to try to combine my videos with Google forms, so I may be moving on as you did.

    I have Cornell Notes that I create for each lesson. At first, made a screen capture using Jing and then opened it up in Paint and wrote on the top of it. This worked okay, but I had trouble getting it to be the size I wanted.

    Then I saved my document as a PDF and tried writing and working on it in Adobe Acrobat. That allowed me to adjust the size of the document, but I ran into trouble when I tried to write over something that I had already written. I kept getting the editing boxes, and it was frustrating.

    Recently, Ryan shared with me a website called It is an online whiteboard where I can open up my Jing capture and adjust the size of it. It's easier to use than Paint, so I'm going to play around with it some more.