01.29-02.04 Screencast AV

Week 3 - Screencast (30 points)


Every third week or so you will be teaching us about a Web 2.0 tool that you consider critical for librarians to know about. I will give you a theme and you will not only select a tool to teach us about in a screencast but you will discuss three other possibilities that you have researched and played with that you will discuss on your wiki. For the weeks that you will be doing a screencast you will post the link to the screencast as well as the wiki on Blackboard. The rest of the class will look at your selections and comment accordingly.

There are a number of sites that do an extraordinary job of keeping us aware of the newest applications being produced and giving us insight into how they can be used in the educational setting. For the rest of the course you will be consulting technology blogs (or anywhere for that matter) and find applications that you will teach the rest of us about the topic for the week.
  • Search for Web 2.0 applications on the topic of the week. You will need at least four: one to do as a screencast and three to add to your wiki and decide which application you are going to teach to the rest of us in your screencast.
  • SCOPE: Using a screencasting software, give us a tutorial of the software giving us an idea of what the application can do. Below are three suggested applications that are free but you may explore and use something else if you wish. I have used Jing most often but the others are well reviewed.
  • TIME: Screencasts should not be longer than 5 minutes nor shorter than 4 minutes. You are asking a lot of your audience to stick around with you for that long. If the topic you are going to teach is so complex that it can't be done in five minutes, then you need to do the screencasts in chapters with description of what each chapter covers.
  • SCREENCAST SOFTWARE: Here is an interesting overview of several of these http://www.smashingapps.com/2012/04/25/8-free-screencasting-tools-for-making-video-tutorials.html
  • FOCUS: You are NOT reviewing the applications. You are NOT telling us whether it is good or not. We assume that it is good because you are making a screencast of it. Focus on the fact that you are creating a tool for students and teachers to use in making this application usable for their situation. Point out what it does; how it could be used for a class or group of classes; how to get up and running as quickly as possible; if there are tricks we should know about that will make it easier for us to use; compare it to something we might already know and how this new application is better or different. Don't tell us that you don't like it or it is hard to use. If you didn't like it or if it is hard to use then you wouldn't be making a screencast for your patrons. Go from the point of view that -- this is really cool and does things you need to know about and here's how it works.
5 POINTS – Give us a brief overview of the software, how it could be used in an educational setting, and a discussion of other software that is similar that might accomplish the same objective as the one you demonstrated.

5 POINTS -- Participation on Blackboard responding to other students' screencasts.

10 POINTS – For the screencast itself based on the criteria below.
3 – Excellent – Each aspect is high quality
2 – Meets the basic requirements of the assignment
1 – Assignment is incomplete or there are quality flaws that distract from the project
Utilizes the inherent characteristics of screencast software
The screencast moves along logically and continuously making use of the qualities of an audio and video presentation
Uses audio and video to teach about the various components of the application
Too much static screen time – telling us instead of showing us; the demonstration lacks continuity or is confusing
Screencast introduction gives the viewer context for the content and purpose of the software
Introduction in the screencast gives the viewer sufficient information about what the application will do
There is a brief introduction with little discussion of the potential uses of the application
There is no introduction or background discussion.
Sound quality of the narration and overall technical quality
Audio is clear, powerful, and energetic, no obvious technical issues
Audio quality is clear and voice quality is steady, some technical issues intrude on the quality of the product
Audio quality is variable and voice quality lacks energy or needs to be more powerful, there are technical issues that detract from the presentation
Application selected fits the scope of the assignment
Application is an excellent example of the kind of software that would be logically used for this purpose
Application could reasonably be used for the assigned task; other software might be more likely
While the application could be used for the assigned task, there are many others that would fit the bill better
Correct use of technical jargon and awareness of potential pitfalls of the application
Technical terminology carefully used; presentation points out any ethical use of technology pitfalls
Technical terminology correctly used; there is no misinformation
Use of incorrect terminology or used in a confusing manner or potential confusion about use of technology (copyright, ethical use, etc.)


This is the first assignment where you will be creating a screencast. You will want to familiarize yourself with the software before creating your own product for this assignment.

On your wiki, create a new page and title it: Video project

Find applications that specifically deal with how you would help students or teachers edit video online. As more and more tablets are used in the classroom, desktop applications like iMovie and Windows Movie Maker are no longer as accessible. Using the screencast software, take us through the kinds of things the application will do and how it could be used in the classroom/media center. Grade will be on the completion of the assignment, how well you describe the components of the application. (20 points)

Let me make this assignment a little broader. After several questions, I don't want to make the focus so narrow that it is difficult to complete. I will give you the opportunity to explain video editing software as a possible topic for the screencast as well. My real point in this assignment is for you to encourage and smooth the path for students to do video projects. The projects will be small and easy (these can be a real time killer). Because students have 1,000 questions, your screencast will be to take them through the process of creating a project or through a step of the process (remember you are limited to 5 minutes for your screencast. I elaborate on this a bit more on the FAQ Board in response to Chelsea's question. (1 Feb. 2013)

Paste the URL from your screencast in the AV page on your wiki.


Below the screencast URL, list and describe three other audio visual applications that you think would of use to your students and staff. The descriptions do not need to be lengthy but they should (1) describe what the application does and (2) discuss how it could be used in an educational setting. (10 points).

While I am not looking for something as detailed as the following example, it will give you an idea of what we would be looking for in an elaborated version of what I am asking you to do: discuss the application/site and discuss how it could be used educationally.


Loop Scoops - Get Kids Thinking About "Stuff" They Buy

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Loop Scoops is a series of eight videos about consumerism from PBS Kids. Each short (1-2 minutes) animated video features a short story with little lesson at the end. If students miss the lesson in the video they can click the "what's the deal?" button to read the lesson. The overall intent of Loop Scoops is to get kids thinking about the products they use everyday. The videos present lessons about what common products are made of, how those products are made, and what happens when a product is trashed.

The content director for Loop Scoops is Annie Leonard whose name you may recognize from The Story of Stuff video series.

Applications for Education
Loop Scoops could be used for lessons dealing with both consumer science and environmental science. After watching a few Loop Scoops have students pick some other everyday products in their lives and investigate how those products are made and what happens when those product are trashed.

When you are finished with AV wiki page post the link to your wiki on Blackboard on the DISCUSSION BOARD section and discuss each others work.

(30 points total)