Experimenting with Technology: QuickTime and Scratch

Last week, I went on a brief field trip to the HarvardX studio with my technology class.  In addition to state-of-the-art equipment, the studio includes teams of people to help professors develop online courses.  As a public school teacher, I never expect to be lucky enough to have those kind of resources, but seeing the HarvardX studio did inspire me to start exploring the resources that are available for teachers who want to develop online material.

Screencasting with QuickTime

In my first screencast video, I give a brief overview of Scratch, a website that enables students and teachers to make interactive stories, games, or presentations.  I decided to use QuickTime because it’s free and was already set up on my Mac.

Benefits of QuickTime

  • It’s free and easy to use.
  • I could easily save the video file on my computer and upload it to YouTube.

Drawbacks of QuickTime

  • There are very few editing features.
  • As a result, I had to film this segment several times before I got it right.

Conclusion

  • This is definitely a convenient resource I could use in the future to create simple videos, but I do want to continue exploring other options.
  • I know that there are several screencasting websites and tools available, so stay tuned for my next experiments with technology.

 

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4 Responses to Experimenting with Technology: QuickTime and Scratch

  1. Nicely done! Clear and informative – maybe you’ll be the next Sal Khan! 🙂 Do you think you’ll use online material with future classes? Or perhaps have them create material? I’ve heard that Educreations is good for screencasting – I bet students would enjoy it, too!

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    • Thank you so much, Lindsey! I think I still have some work to do on my screencasting skills. Thanks for the tip about Educreations. I will definitely be looking into that. I would love to have students create videos as well.

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  2. carlispina says:

    If you are looking for other screencasting options, there are lots of good ones! I like Screenr and Jing, if you are interested in free options, but you can find others here: http://guides.library.harvard.edu/screencasting

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