Show, Don’t Just Tell: Create Cool Video Tutorials with Camtasia

Have you ever found yourself explaining a computer based “how to” for the one hundredth time?  Have you ever wished you could clone yourself when there are twenty five students waiting for your help with a database search or NoodleBib?  Then consider trying Camtasia, a wonderful piece of software that allows you to make a “movie” with audio narration of what is on your computer screen.  In a nutshell, Camtasia allows you to:

  • Record whatever you want on your computer (yes, it will do multiple screens!)
  • Edit and enhance your recording or “video”
  • Share your creation in multiple formats, including MP3, iPod video, Flash (SWF and FLV), AVI, Silverlight compatible WMV, QuickTime (MOV), RealMedia (RM), and Animated GIF.

I have started creating video tutorials of “NoodleTools How-Tos” with Camtasia to help our students master the art of NoodleBib-ing.  You can see where we have integrated some of our videos into a pathfinder at this page.   We are also working to upload these to our iTunes podcast/vodcast account!

For a free product tour, go to http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia/features.asp.  You can also download a fully functional 30 day trial of Camtasia at http://www.techsmith.com/camtasia.asp so that you can “try” before you buy.  Although the list price is $299, check with your district’s purchasing director as your district may have approved vendors who can give you discounted pricing. 

We have already received positive feedback from our students, and I can’t wait to explore other uses of Camtasia for our patrons!

Buffy Hamilton, Ed.S.
Creekview High School
http://theunquietlibrary.wordpress.com
http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com

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About Buffy J. Hamilton

I am a writing and Language Arts teacher who loves learning, literacy, stories, learning, dogs, poetry, fabulous shoes, and good lip gloss. I began my career as a high school English teacher in 1992 and then became a high school librarian and 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker before returning to the classroom in August 2016.

Posted on February 12, 2008, in Web 2.0 and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Great overview of Camtasia functionality 🙂

    There is also a special price for educational institutions. You can contact us for a Camtasia Studio Academic Quote here:
    http://www.softwarecasa.com/pprod/212402dd.htm

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