Document Cam + Camtasia = iPod consistent access to information
In an attempt to assist teachers as they plan instructional units, media specialists are the prime candidates to introduce technologies that allow learners to access and review information at the point of need. One way to accomplish this is through use of Camtasia Studio and a digital document camera (such as Aver Media AVerVisoin 300AF +).
For the cataloging course I teach, I needed a tool that would allow me to capture a presentation of a book demonstration (infamous Dewey!) so that students could repeatedly see a video of how the resource should be used. I purchased a document camera (AVerMedia AVerVision 300AF+) and pulled the video of the demonstration onto the screen. This is done easily through the software that comes with the doc cam.
Then, I opened Camtasia and selected the screen area where the doc cam was projected. I added my voice narration as I recorded the screen movement through Camtasia. Voila! I have a wonderful video of explanation for Abridged Dewey Classification, Table 1 (one video of 12!!). See for yourself!
Now, once I had this recorded, I saved it as an ipod cast plus flash movie. This way, I could post it to a server and provide the link to my students so that they could quickly download and view the video. But, to take this a step further, since I saved this as an iPod cast, students could place this on their iPods and view it any time they needed, no matter where they were, when they were working on assignments for the course.
Cost of these tools: AVerVision 300AF between $500 and $600. Camtasia: $25 for version 5 and $150 for version 6. (I used version 5.)
I can see this process benefiting math teachers as they demonstrate mathematical formulas, science teachers as they draw diagrams of atoms, social studies teachers as they present time lines, anything that requires a visual “discussion,” could be presented using Camtasia (or a free online version of such a tool) and a document camera.
If you share this procedure with your teachers, or present it as a quick in-service, or demonstrate it at a faculty meeting as a possible application for your teachers (especially high school), you may become someone’s new best friend!!
Dr. Phyllis R. Snipes, University of West Georgia