Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Creating a Screencast using Screenr

This seems like an unreal tool, 5mins of free screencasting per screencast. Add your own images and record your voice over the top in what is an amazingly easy and quick process. Log in by using a Google, Twitter, Facebook or Yahoo account. If you don't have one of these quickly create a Google account by Googling 'create Google account' (will take 5 mins for someone who thinks they have no idea about these things!).

I can see all sorts of applications for using Screenr from junior primary to senior secondary.  Ideas could include:

1. Create a story board (images and script on paper) then transfer the story images into Power Point or other software (clip art, photos etc) then use Screenr to record the script capturing the images in Power Point and student audio in a screencast. A year 3 could be doing this by themselves with a few minutes instruction. You could use any program that allows pictures to be viewed or drawn.
2. Maybe record a class trip by taking photos of the major attractions seen on the trip and then have students describe their trip and the places they saw.
3. Create a screencast tour of your town - photograph all the major attractions and then put in audio explaining the significance of the attractions to your town
4. Create screencasts for older students to review their work. Cover a key concept for exam revision - i.e. get some relevant diagrams/photos/text and add audio to help explain and review concepts already covered in previous classes.

Once published the screencast is saved in your account on the Screenr website but can be uploaded to Youtube, shared on Twitter or embedded into your own class blog. Here's one I made for my year 12 PE students to review ATP and Energy Production.

For staff at PBAS I will take you through how to use Screenr later in the year in a quick show and tell. For a quick introduction to Screenr click here.

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