Tag: Camtasia

Hard-learned Tips on Screencasting

My latest column for MAA Focus, Becoming a Screencasting Star, is now available online.  In this post, I include a collection of “Hard-Learned Tips” on screencasting – these are things I wish someone had told me before I recorded my first set of videos.  For example … Mind Your References. Don’t mention specific texts, sections, or page numbers in your screencasts. If you do, then switching to a different text or a new edition will suddenly make all your videos out of date. If you must reference a section or page number, do it in the text that accompanies...

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Top 10 Technology Tools for Math 2008

1. Jing gives students and instructors the ability to capture an image of any graph or equation they see on their screen and share it anywhere else (message boards, emails, papers, digital assignments). Using Jing you can also record videos of up to 5 minutes in length. [Free, Mac/PC] Not sure how to use Jing? Check out the tutorials at the end of this post. 2. Wolfram Demonstrations provides close to 3,000 interactive demonstrations on mathematics. Students and instructors can play with demonstrations by downloading Mathematica Player. Demonstrations can be written by anyone with a copy of Mathematica and are reviewed before they become part of the Demonstrations Project. [Free, Mac/PC] 3. WebAssign is a publisher-independent site for online homework. It was designed originally for physics and does a particularly good job of handling the problems unique to learning math-based content. Publishers work with WebAssign to create online homework for their texts. [$ for students, PC/Mac] Note: You can write your own problems for WebAssign, in which case, there would be no cost for students. WeBWorK is also worth a mention here for the more technically-inclined. 4. WizIQ provides a platform to easily hold online office hours. You have the option of audio and video on both ends, multiple users, interactive whiteboard, and file upload. Sessions are recorded and can be accessed for 30 days. [Free, Mac/PC] 5. Windows...

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Producing in Camtasia for YouTube

The Visual Lounge blog pointed me to two Bill Myers videos on how to produce from Camtasia to YouTube with good quality. Here they are! I’ve produced a few videos for YouTube, but only one on math (and it was an experiment to see what kind of quality I could get – not great). Although I much prefer the quality and video-length I get with Screencast, the advantage to using YouTube is that I wouldn’t have to pay for my own hosting. If a publicly-available Screencast video became popular, I could easily end up blowing all my download bandwidth for the month. During my peak month of calculus video usage, I did hit 25 GB download on the day before the end of the month – and those videos are (mostly) only available through links in a password-protected LMS. The other major YouTube issue is that of ownership. If I post a video to YouTube, is it still my video or does it now belong to YouTube? I haven’t been sure, and so I haven’t posted much. But I did go looking for an answer to this question tonight, and I found a nice video by Michael Miller on the subject (yes, a YouTube video): So, lately I’ve been contemplating the project of reproducing some of the calculus videos in shorter bursts for YouTube. I’ve also been contemplating some...

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Big Red Cursors for your Tablet or Video Lessons

This is a video from Bill Myers that shows you how to install some big red cursors and pointers for making videos to make it easier to track the mouse. Here’s the link to the download for the cursors. I’m not sure he was thinking about this intent in the video, but it seems that these cursors would also work well for projecting from a tablet, when it can ALSO be difficult for students to track the mouse. I found this on the TechSmith Visual Lounge Blog, which always has some nice stuff. Possibly Related Posts: Group Exploration in Math Learning at Scale Slides from ICTCM Write an Operating System for Your Brain The Four Processors: A Neogeneralist Problem? Clickety Click Click: Awful Measures for...

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Students Starring in Calculus Videos

Today was our review day for the Integration Techniques test (including all sorts of great stuff like u-substitutions, partial fractions, long division, integration by parts, etc.). On “Review Day” we look at problems that look similar, but involve completely different techniques. Each “set” of problems consists of 4 problems, and students work in teams to try to solve the problems. After each set, we would regroup as a class and see how each group did. For the second set of comparison problems, one student from each group recorded their solution (sometimes with the other students “helping” in the background) using my tablet and Camtasia recorder. During this recording time, the rest of the students continued to work on the next set of comparison problems, taking turns with their “recording time.” Why? Well, for the online students, of course. While everyone had comments on how strange it was to wear a headset and talk to people they couldn’t see, everyone enjoyed the experience enough to want to share the videos with all of you (my blog readers). A couple students would’ve done a 2nd take if they’d been given the chance, but we didn’t have time. Thanks to my on-campus calc class (David, Brett, Stephen, Bre, Ashley, Xiao, Cameron, Daniel, Fletcher, and Cayla) for being such great sports! Here are the four problems in this set of Tricky Comparison Integrals…...

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