Camtasia, a software tool by TechSmith, allows you to create video tutorials and presentations. As a user, you are able to capture what you are doing on your computer screen as well as record yourself simultaneously which provides for the ability to create online tutorials and post them to class/course websites and more. Although Camtasia is simple to use with a fairly short learning curve, it produces great results.
How Educators Use Camtasia
Camtasia has many instructional applications for teachers, Ed Tech coordinators, coaches and staff developers, administrators, and students. For example, as a literacy consultant, I’ve recently been using Camtasia to create videos of content presentations based off of existing (though condensed) PowerPoint presentations. Many staff developers and coaches use Camtasia for similar purposes. In addition, teachers are using Camtasia to capture content and using these videos as a resource to support Flipped Instruction. Ed Tech Directors commonly use Camtasia as a tool for creating how-to videos which can be uploaded to a school website or YouTube. Others find Camtasia the perfect tool to create dynamite on-line courses.
Over the past few months, I’ve blogged about The Common Core, Twitter, and Pinterest and created a Cheat Sheet for each that have been extremely popular with educators. You’ll also find them in the Teacher Toolkit under Cheat Sheets. I love when technology fuses with and enhances instructional capabilities and supports learning. Camtasia, though not the newest technology kid on the block, has all the makings of another application that does just that.
To add to the collection of cheat sheets, I’ve created a Camtasia Studio Cheat Sheet. For those who haven’t dipped your toe into this media application, this Cheat Sheet should help. It includes a brief description, 10 Tips & Tricks, and 20 Ideas for Educators. Download the Cheat Sheet here.
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