Monthly Archives: October 2013

Outstanding commentary on life/work balance by the great Bill Watterson.


Bill Watterson - Wisdom

Life Work Balance


More Camtasia

I continued to work with Camtasia for another class and experimented with some of the features. I continue to be impressed with the capabilities. Once you have the basics down it seems to be pretty easy to use.

This project was to produce a video teaching a skill and it was to be no longer than 2-3 minutes. I rushed a little, sped up the video in spots but I think I got the basics across. I probably could have trimmed the entrance and exit screens down a bit too. Fun Stuff!

Experimenting with Camtasia

This week we experimented with Camtasia Studio 8 by Techsmith. I produced a simple video on Concept Mapping by first building a presentation in Prezi and recording the screen using Camtasia. I used the voice over feature in Prezi for the narration. The audio segments were recorded and edited (slightly) in Audacity.

The audio could be probably be improved by using a quieter space for recording and spending a little more time on editing and filtering. I could just as easily have added the audio during the video edit.

The title screen and the zoom effects on the slides were added during video editing as well as the intro and outro music. I’m working with the trial version but I would be willing to drop the cash for the full version if I can find the slightest reason. It’s just dang fun to use.

Flipping the Classroom

I recently viewed a you tube video that focused on removing lecture from middle school classrooms by using simple one take videos. By recording the lectures the information is available to the students 24×7 and the instructor can focus on individual needs.

Students that have grasped the subject can move on to apply the concepts and students that still are struggling with the concepts can get individual help.

Educational Theories in action in the flipped classroom

Principles from the Flipped Classroom – chart taken from the video

I really believe this is the future of classroom education. I hope that more teachers will be encouraged to use this technique. It appears to be more effective and more time efficient.