Camtasia: Screen-Recording Software for Producing Engaging Interactive Video Lessons

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Record your own video lectures using Camtasia software (created by TechSmith).

Camtasia Studio and Camtasia Relay are screen-recording software products that allow professors to easily create clean, interactive, and professional-looking video presentations for their courses.

These video presentations can include a wide variety of content including Powerpoint or Keynote presentations, websites, images, music, and interactive content.

To save even more time and efficiency, professors can edit and enhance their videos right inside the program, using Camtasia’s built-in video-editing tools.

Furthermore, with Camtasia’s Remove A Color effect, professors can even record videos of themselves speaking in front of green screens, and then superimpose themselves on top of their presentations.

While professors of online courses can use Camtasia to present full weekly lectures, professors of blended courses can use Camtasia to prepare materials for students to watch at home, thereby maximizing the time spent in the classroom. In keeping with the flipped classroom model, students can watch pre-recorded lectures on their own time before attending class. Classroom time can then be used for processing the material through discussions, quizzes, and activities.

Notably, Mike Garver, professor of Marketing Research at Central Michigan University, has used Camtasia to record lectures for students to watch at home, which “freed up more time for class discussion and critical thinking.”

Techsmith offers discounted education pricing for their products and provides tutorials to help educators get started.

A Teacher’s Guide to Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social media has become an indispensable part of 21st century life, and now educators are finding ways to use it for educational purposes as well.

The infographic below, created by OnlineColleges.net, suggests 25 ways to use social media for education, including:

  • Communicating with students and notifying them about assignment due dates and upcoming events
  • Allowing students to communicate with each other and with the teacher to ask questions and discuss course material
  • Incorporating videos and interactive presentations in courses
  • Posting supplementary materials to add interest to the course
  • Maintaining dynamic discussions among students
  • Discovering fresh ideas for lesson plans and projects
  • Keeping up with the latest trends in education by sharing and collaborating with other professionals
  • Enabling students to present their projects and assignments to fellow students and to the public

A Teacher’s Guide to Social Media

The Flipped Classroom: Turning Traditional Education on Its Head [INFOGRAPHIC]

As video lectures become easier for anyone to record and distribute, many teachers are moving away from the traditional classroom model, and instead opting to “flip” their classrooms.

What is the flipped classroom model?

In the traditional classroom model, professors lecture during class time and students work on assignments and homework on their own time, outside of class.

In the flipped classroom model, the structure is reversed – students listen to prerecorded lectures at home, and class time is utilized for discussions, exercises, and question and answer sessions with the professor. Essentially, the teacher’s role in the classroom switches from what Alison King calls a “Sage on the Stage” to a “Guide on the Side.”

Check out this infographic created by Knewton and Column Five Media which explains the concept, history, and driving forces behind the flipped classroom model.

Flipped Classroom

Created by Knewton