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.
- 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.