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Video in Teaching and Learning

"I firmly believe the future of the web is in video. Video is a perfect media for getting information across quickly, and that fact is the reason that screencasts, web videos, and video Ipods are becoming the 'in thing'." PARTICULARLY IN EDUCATION
from: Bill Myers Online Website


VODCASTS

VODcasting (also called “vlogging”) - the “VOD” stands for “video-on-demand” - is almost identical to podcasting. The difference is that the content is video versus audio, and the content is more likely to be played on a laptop than a PMA (personal media assistant) . It’s easier to scan a vodcast and decide you might like to watch it than for an audio podcast. And because students are primarily visually stimulated, vodcasts are more likely to be popular than audio podcasts, regardless of quality of content.
Vodcasts enable students and teachers to share information with anyone anytime. If a student is absent, they can download the vodcast of the recorded lesson. It can be a tool for teachers to communicate curriculum, assignments and other information. Vodcasting can be a publishing tool for students’ oral presentations.
Vodcasting successfully requires a visually creative and critical eye. The basic equipment required is a digital camera, video editing software e.g. Movie Maker, Camtasia with voice over recording capabilities. Delivery can be via desktop applications e.g.Real Player or from a WWW host service's embedded player e.g. Vimeo.
Ten Steps to Planning Your Vodcast
Here are two examples of student vodcasts:
1. In the example on the left students were required to produce a video to market a building (Building B Randwick Campus). This student used a small digital camera for photos and video, PowerPoint for intro/end slides, Google Earth and Google Image Search for images, Camtasia to produce the video and Vimeo as the WW host. The student's own band provided the background music.
2. In the example on the right students were required to produce a video summarising the results of their projects during a semester.
This student has used his mobile phone to record the video, Movie Maker to produce the video and Vimeo as the WWW host.


Advertising Building For Sale from mindmade and Vimeo.


Student Projects Summary from tony tafe and Vimeo.


SCREENCASTS

A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, also known as a video screen capture, often containing audio narration. Although the term screencast dates from 2004, products such as Lotus ScreenCam were used as early as 1993. Early products produced large files and had limited editing features. More recent products support more compact file formats such as Macromedia Flash and have more sophisticated editing features allowing changes in sequence, mouse movement, and audio.
Just as a screenshot is a picture of a user's screen, a screencast is essentially a movie of what a user sees on their monitor.

Screencasts are useful for demonstrating software features. Creating a screencast helps software developers show off their work. Screencasts are a useful tool for ordinary software users as well, to help report bugs (the movie takes the place of potentially unclear written explanations) or to show others how a given task is accomplished in a specific software environment. Screencasts are excellent tools for learning how to use computers, and several podcasts have started to teach computer users how to use software through screencasts.

Considering the high cost of instructor / faculty led training and the relative ineffectiveness of typical computer based training (CBT) systems, screencasting is likely to become a very popular technique for imparting high-quality knowledge at a low cost.
Here is a slideshow illustrating the steps for creating a Flash movie with Camtasia and hosting the movie at MediaMax web service.


Here are two examples of educational screencasts:
1. In the example on the left a teacher has created a screencast teaching resource using Camtasia. The screencast has been produced as a Shockwave file,.swf, and uploaded to WWW host service along with a number of other files that Camtasia produces at the same time, including an .html file. Instead of embedding a player in the wiki an image is provided that links to the .html file. When the image is clicked the Shockwave player is activated and a full screen video played. Click the image to play the screencast.
2. In the example on the right students were required to produce a screencast tutorial for a software application, Photoshop.
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Untitled from MEG and Vimeo.


Here are two screencast tutorials:





Storyboards

The production of a video should be guided by a storyboard. Storyboards are graphic organizers such as a series of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of visualizing a motion graphic or interactive media sequence, including website interactivity. A storyboard can be a series of diagrams that are used in video production to depict the composition of a video segment. A storyboard provides details about the audio and visual elements that will make up a video product.

Click here to access an excellent tutorial on creating storyboards for teachers and students. http://www2.hawaii.edu/%7Ericky/etec/


EXERCISES FOR EMBEDDING VIDEO RESOURCES

>Video Using Movie Maker

In this exercise you will produce a video teaching resource of approximately 3 minutes duration using a digital camera or mobile phone to record the video and still photos, PowerPoint to create graphic slides to include in the video, and the Movie Maker software to produce the video as a .wmv file. You will upload your teaching resource to a WWW video host service and obtain the html code for embedding your resource in a class/subject wiki or blog.



>Video Using Camtasia or Movie Maker

In this exercise you will produce a video teaching resource (approximately 3 minutes duration) that integrates a range of media that includes music, photos and slides. You will use a digital camera or mobile phone to record the video and still photos, PowerPoint to create graphic slides to include in the video, and include background music. Camtasia or Movie Maker software will be used to produce the video. You will upload your teaching resource to a WWW video host service (Vimeo or Viddler) and obtain the html code for embedding your resource in a class/subject wiki or blog.



>Screencast Using Camtasia

Objective: At the completion of this exercise you will be able to design and develop a screencast teaching resource using the Camtasia software application. You will be able to produce your sreencast as a video for delivery to students via a class/subject wiki or blog.
NOTE: There are many online tutorials for Camtasia - Google search using "Camtasia tutorial" - Highly recommended are Camtasia's own tutorials that can be accessed when using any Camtasia function. You are given a choice of ASSIST ME (illustrated text) or SHOW ME (online video).