Recently I’ve been exploring the options for slide-casting and
I know that so much of my library business is remote. I know from my stats
that my LibGuides are heavily used. But I also know that lists of links and
pretty images, and other people’s videos are not really enough.
I need, for instance, to explain in my own words, criteria contained in a
rubric or how Gale’s Literary Index can help you locate exactly where
to find criticism in your selected poem.
I am interested in these tools for other reasons. I’d like to begin to
archive and more broadly share professional development. I’d like to offer
teachers easy ways to present and archive instruction. To offer students new
strategies for presentation and for archiving their work. To help me rehearse
and archive my own formal presentations. And I am planning to do a little
online adjuncting in the fall.
And, as more schools and more individual teachers adopt the Flipped
Classroom model, we will be looking for options to present content,
lecture, and video as homework, so we can devote class time to more interactive
and engaging collaborative learning strategies.
So, I’ve been investigation a growing array of mostly free web-based tools
for projecting and archiving instruction, screenshots, storytelling, and
And because I am not there yet, I thought I share some more professionally
produced specimens. The web-based programs seem to fit into two large
buckets–slide narration tools and screen capture tools.
this one for months now.
but sadly, not ours. I’ve been playing around with Lite. Watching her
offers the ability to import presentations from PowerPoint or Google Docs, embed
media, publish easily, access Flickr’s Creative Commons search, collaborate,
analyize metrics, update presentations without replacing them, and store
A simple self editing function for missteps. Presentations may be shared or
embedded. Your initial registration offer a month of premium service. After
that a basic account is free and will allow you to record presentations up to
15-minutes long. Check out Shelly Terrell’s example.
storage area which allows 2 gigs of space). You can mark up screenshots with
text boxes, arrows, highlighting, or captions. Jing is also a handy tool for
capturing screen images.
And, I realize that PowerPoint and other presentation programs allow for
recording of narration and saving as video files.
Nevertheless, I think that these web-based options offer easy publishing
options and additional valuable features. I welcome your suggestions in comments
and I will continue to
sharing my own productions in future posts.