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No. 49 Screen Capturing and Beyond (2009年08月10日)

カテゴリー: The Treasure Hunt Club
Marcel Van Amelsvoort
(Kanagawa Prefectural College of Foreign Studies)
Many years ago I paid about $20 for a nice little software program
called SnagIt by a small company called Techsmith. It did only one
thing but it did it very well―it allowed me to take pictures of part
or all of my computer screen and save them as files. Over the years, I

have used that program countless times, especially when making
instruction sheets for my learners. A year and a half ago I got
reacquainted with Techsmith when I saw another one of their products,
Camtasia, being used in a demonstration. Russell Stannard was using
Camtasia to capture videos of himself correcting students’ writing on
his computer screen that he would then send to the learners. It was a
brilliant idea for feedback, but it took time, the file sizes were
rather large, and the software was costly.

Recently, there are several screen capture solutions for still images,
video, and audio available on the web and this month I’d like to
introduce some of them. First is CamStudio (downloading needed).
CamStudio allows you to record all screen and audio activity on your
computer. You create AVI files which you then convert to SWF (Flash
video) files and place them where you want, on your school server, for
example. The most obvious use of this is for “How-to” videos for your
learners. Instead of the old printed sheets with dark and almost
unintelligible images taken from your screen, you create a short video
introducing how to do something your learners need to do with the
computer. You can have the video of you doing it and you can add an
audio explanation too. http://camstudio.org/

Next is Jing It also needs to be downloaded and does much the same
thing as CamStudio, but it saves your video on a remote server (like
YouTube) and sends you the link for embedding into your blog or
website. This is a very user-friendly tool indeed.
Here is a video demonstrating how to use it. The video was made
with Jing. http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/Jing/index.html

Keeping track of your training videos can be a little difficult if you
have them embeded here and there in different blogs and websites. But
the web can help with that, too. Veewow is a site that allows you to
create playlists for embeddable videos. You can keep all your training
videos in one list and other videos you use with groups of learners in
other playlists. With some institutions recently blocking YouTube,
Veewow can be an accessible alternative. http://www.veewow.com/

That’s it for this time. See you next month.