Archive for the ‘screencasts’ Category

Challenge Accepted

February 26, 2019

PDSA-cycleMy team has been leading sessions on Improvement Science and using a video on PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act) cycles to orient workshop participants.  The problem with the intro video they had been using is that it is focused on the health care industry and not education.  My boss challenged me to create a new introduction video with an education focus.  To up the ante, my team also  requested that I include references to Culturally Responsive Education.  I accepted the challenge and with the help of two teammates-Jenny Jackson on scriptwriting and Alex Maddock as narrator-I produced a concise (3 minutes in length) new video that is getting good reviews among our team.  Here’s a look at the video:

Are you teaching about PDSA Cycles?  If so, feel free to use this video.  And I welcome your feedback and questions.

Closed Captioning Made Easy

November 9, 2018

153px-Closed_captioning_symbol.svgThe demand for closed captioning for video and webinars is increasing at my workplace.  I agree that it is essential for us to create accessible material.  In the past Youtube videos were one DIY way to comply.  You can read a past post from me on this here.

This week though a brand new free tool appeared and it has me really excited.  You can now do live closed captioning with Google Slides played in the Chrome browser.  This tool is free and easy!  I can see facilitators using this in face-to-face presentations, webinars and screencast recordings.  The only possible drawback is that there is no way to edit the captioning, but I have found it to be 95% accurate in its voice to text translation.  Here is a very short tutorial I created to help you use this tool right now:

Screencast Tips

September 14, 2018

microphone-blue-lightA recurring workstream for me is designing and producing screencasts for people in the district.  Since so many people ask me for my advice and production help I decided to capture many of the tips I give when we first meet to plan their screencast.  In this way I can share the tips before we meet, and then we can discuss the particulars of their project and focus on design.

To share these tips I decided to use two formats.  First a simple Google doc with detailed text, secondly an infographic with a quick overview in a visually appealing layout.  For the infographic, I used the free online platform Canva which can be customized to fit your needs.  For the content I aimed at a first time audience who might be using me as a producer or considering recording on their own.

Here’s what the infographic looks like:

Tips for creating screencasts

If this might be useful to you, feel free to use or adapt.