Pretty neat - check it out!
Pretty neat - check it out!
Dr. Stephen Ransom has a great chart loaded on Scribd comparing a large number of screencasting tools. There are some screen capture tools listed as well that I wouldn't have put on a screencasting chart, but it's a nice simple overview indicating whether the tool is online or "local", which OS, cost, formats, shareability, and general notes. Nice work!
I received the following email from Qarbon, the folks who first introduced me to screencasting with their ViewletBuilder product oh so long ago.
To help both new and existing customers during the economic recovery, Qarbon has created its own Stimulus Package that will begin on July 15th, 2009 and run through August 15th, 2009. This package gives everyone $100 to spend on any product and/or service in our online store. To qualify for this program, simply spend $199 or more.
Would you like to upgrade your current version? What about brushing up on your creation skills by taking a Workshop? Whether you'd like to use it towards a new product, service or even support plan like Platinum Membership - it's your $100 and it's up to you!
To redeem your Stimulus, simply enter this coupon code during checkout [stim100] and $100 will come off your total. If you have any questions or comments, please send them to email@example.com.
Thank you for using our products.
The Qarbon Team
Tux Radar posts today with mid-length reviews of a half-dozen screencasting programs for Linux: Group test: screencasting apps. They like DemoRecorder the best.
How you know you're not ready for Linux? The post concludes with a suggestion that if none of these meet your needs, you could "roll your own. Almost all GUI apps on Linux are just a wrapper around some powerful command-line scripts. Screencasting tools are no different." :-)
Oddly, there are no links to the reviewed products in the post.
TechSmith, makers of Snagit, Camtasia Studio and Jing, has launched a new blog aimed at the education market. Dave McCollom, Education Evangelist, writes that "The primary goal for this blog is to provide a home for stories and examples of how educators are using TechSmith products." He also points to the new Techsmith Education Community, where you'll find information on using TechSmith products in the classroom (Introduction to screen capture in education, Make a video for when you or students are absent, etc...) Should prove to be a valuable site as it grows.
I've never seen so many bookmark a single site in such numbers as 10 Free Screen Recording Softwares For Creating Attractive Screencasts - must be a pretty popular site - maybe I'll subscribe...
And from much earlier this year, Library Journal netConnect has a two-post series from Melissa Rethlefsen on screencasting tools (free and fee), with a particular focus on how they can be used in libraries:
Over on Tame the Web, Mick Jacobsen describes how he decided to produce his screencasts not from the librarian point of view, but from the Patron Point of View (PPOV).
Makes sense to me!
Looking for an opportunity to present at ALA?
The RUSA MARS Hot Topics in Electronic Reference Discussion Group seeks panelists for its upcoming program at ALA Annual 2009:
“Casting a Wide Net: Using Screencasts to Reach and Teach Library Users”
Is your library using screencasts or video tutorials for user instruction? Maybe you use Jing for virtual reference, or you’ve created a set of short tutorials that demonstrate how to use your databases. We’d love to hear your thoughts on how this technology is (or isn’t) working at your library. The RUSA MARS Hot Topics in Electronic Reference Discussion Group is planning a panel discussion for ALA Annual about screencasting - our panelists will briefly share how they are using screencasts or video tutorials at their libraries, then discuss successes, challenges, best practices, and ideas for the future. Finally, we will take questions from the audience.
If you are interested in serving as a panelist, contact Sarah Lehmann, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Michelle Jacobs, email@example.com by June 1.
And here's the Screencastle output:
Have only skimmed it myself, but you might be interested in Analysis of web-based tutorials created by academic libraries, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 35, Issue 2, March 2009, Pages 126-131 (doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2009.01.010).
Abstract: This paper aims to analyse the characteristics of tutorials created by academic libraries. It evaluates a sample of 180 tutorials by applying thirty basic indicators referring to general characteristics, content, teaching methodology, usability and technology. The general conclusion is that most of the tutorials are at an early stage of development.
Conclusion: If academic libraries wish to increase their role in all aspects of education, they must provide high-quality tutorials.
I see the ANTS project is one of the samples.
Librarians at North Carolina State University have just published a nice flash tutorial called Wikipedia: Beneath the Surface. "What is a wiki? How does information get into Wikipedia in the first place? Who creates it? This short animation introduces viewers to what goes on behind-the-scenes so they can make the best use of what's on the surface. " Similar to the CommonCraft Wikis in Plain English, but with more of a lean towards academic considerations.