Here's a site you might want to browse through: The APLEN Training Centre.
APLEN is the Alberta Public Library Electronic Network, and the Training Centre is "a hub for libraries to share their training materials, learn from the collective experience of library staff, and discuss Alberta library training." There are quite a few guides from which to take inspiration. Offered with a Creative Commons license, this makes a good companion to the Librarian Design Share site I mentioned earlier this month...
Yay for sharing!
Following a link from Lifehacker, I went ahead and signed up for the Advanced Power Searching course taught by Google. Guess I should go ahead and work my way through the archive of the Power Searching course that's still available online...
The Advanced course begins Jan 23, 2013 and includes the following challenges:
According to my confirmation email,
Course materials will be released in two batches:
In order to pass the course and earn your certificate, you must submit and evaluate two assignments and complete a final search challenge by the deadline of 11:59 p.m. PT on Friday, February 8, 2013.
Just ran across ChronoZoom this AM, which immediately reminded me of Prezi in the way things zoom around. It does look pretty cool, but so far appears to only contain content produced by the beta participants. While this makes sense as a beta, I really hope they open it up to contributions from a wider community.
ChronoZoom is an open source community project dedicated to visualizing the history of everything to bridge the gap between the humanities and sciences using the story of Big History to easily understand all this information. This project has been funded and supported by Microsoft Research Connections in collaboration with University California at Berkeley and Moscow State University.
I also don't like that you can't link to a specific piece of content, but a really good illustration of the timeline feature is if you take a peek at the World War II Tour:
You can view use the project on your iPad, which is cool. Here's a nice video introduction:
The Nov 2012 issue of EDUCAUSE Review has a couple of nice articles looking at screencasting, specifically how they can be used to enhance the "flipped classroom". Both are by Michael F. Ruffini, an Associate Professor of Educational Technology at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Screencasting to Engage Learning is the one that ties the concept into the flipped classroom, and Creating a PowerPoint Screencast Using Camtasia Studio provides a nice walkthrough for the novice screencaster. While this one would work well as a printout to follow along, I found it slightly ironic there wasn't a screencast of his process. Maybe I just missed it though...
Finally, as a library-related bonus, Chad Boeninger had a brief piece in the Nov 2012 issue of Elsevier's Library Connect, Tips for creating and sharing instructional videos.
Chad Boeninger continues to make good use of both screencasting and traditional video in introducing research topics to his business students at Ohio University. In this post Chad "discusses the inexpensive equipment and software needed, and shows how to make a video from start to finish. Discusses camera selection, how to use Screencast-o-matic.com, how to edit the video in Windows Live Moviemaker, and how to upload to YouTube."
Nice work Chad, and nice to see you!
Greg Notess, one of the first to see the possibilities of screencasting in libraries, has just announced that his new book, Screencasting for Libraries, part of the excellent ALA Tech Set series, has now been published. I had a chance to review this title a couple of months ago and found it an excellent guide for those getting started, and it also includes some good tools and suggestions for the seasoned screencaster.
There's a companion website that provides a couple of useful tools, but I found the section where Greg covers chapter 5, Implementation, fascinating. In chapter 5 Greg walks you through 12 different projects, using several different approaches and tools. In the companion website, you can actually see the end result of each of those projects - a wonderful (and obvious, for this subject) was to complete the learning loop.
Can't remember how I came across this one, but over at NetMagazine you'll find a great post sharing 10 tools you can use to create professional-looking digital magazines, and most without any significant cost at all! Each entry lists the pros and cons of each tool, and links to a working example you can check out. The 11th tool in my title refers to the author's own startup, woop.ie, which is only a link at the end of the article.
Two big announcements from Techsmith last week. First Jing Pro is being retired. Looks like the free version will stick around, but in order to use the more advanced features offered by Pro you'll have to switch over to the latest version of Snagit, which now records video. The folks who've taken the time to comment don't seem pleased with the decision to retire Jing Pro, so we'll see what the next year brings; maybe Techsmith will reconsider.
The second piece of news was alluded to above: there's a new version of Snagit out for both Windows and Mac, and it sports a host of new features, including greatly-enhanced video recording. From the Techsmith blog post:
What's new in Snagit?
I use Snagit every day on my Windows machine, but almost never on my MacBook, opting instead for Skitch. I'll certainly give Snagit another go on the Mac though...
Well wouldn't you know it - just days after my last post lamenting the lack of options for capturing screencasts, a new tool called Reflector has been released that allows the iPad2 and iPhone4S to stream to any Mac running OSX Lion (pretty much just like airplay on AppleTV). It's $15 for a single-user license.
Over on Digital Inspiration, Amit does a nice job of wrapping up all your options to date, including examples of content produced via each method.
Stay tuned for some library-related iOS screencasts!
With more and more apps coming out that can support your library's resources (Ebrary, BookMyne, EBSCOHost, WorldCat, and possibly something from your library, to name a few), wouldn't it be nice to be able to easily record some screencasts of the app in action on your device?
Well, unless you jailbreak your iOS device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), at this time you're not able use an app to record a screencast of what's happening on your device. On one hand that makes sense in that it would require one app to be running on top of another (or the rest of the OS, really) in order to record it. On the other hand, the fact that newer iOS devices offer "mirroring", the ability to display the entire device to an AppleTV, shows that it's technically possible for a whole-device screencasting application to work. Over the past few weeks there have been a few posts discussing what you currently CAN do for screencasting on your iOS device, so I thought I'd round them up here.
First up, a Profhacker post from The Chronicle of Higher Education takes a look at the apps Educreations and Explain Everything. I have a copy of Explain Everything and plan to review it here soon.
The Screening Room, Screenflow's blog, has the best post on this topic, with links to other posts that prove you CAN do this by outputting to a desktop machine, but it's gonna cost you a fair amount of money.
I had posted earlier about some similar hoops you can jump through using some different technology.
Finally, if you want to use your iPad to learn more about Camtasia Studio (on your Windows or OSX machine), Amit points out that Techsmith has released an iPad app called Fast Track that consists of a series of tutorials for that product.
How are things in the Android world, anyone know?
Looking for somewhere to host your videos or screencasts besides YouTube? Hongkiat.com has a nice annotated list of 19 video hosting services for you to take a look at.
Over the past several weeks, Lifehacker has listed what they believe to be the best screencasting and screen capture tools for both Windows and Mac. In each post they cover the tool's Features, Where it excels, Where it falls short, and The Competition. Here they are:
Over at Library Voice, Chad Boeninger pops out of hibernation with an excellent post titled How I make instructional library web videos and screencasts and how you can too. In this post Chad distills his six years of experience with screencasting by answering the following questions:
Yes, it's a long post :-)