Welcome to the ninth thing in 12 Things SWKLS 2018. This month we’re going to learn about screencasting. Screencasting is a way to record your screen to share it with others. Screencasting is a great training tool and can be used to help show someone how to do something or find something. Screencasting may also be called Screen Recording. This will be part of a two part series. This month, we’re going to learn about screencasting and next month you’ll get a chance to record your own screencast.
The activities for this lesson are due September 30 at 11:59 pm central time and are worth 2 credit hours. Estimated work time: 1-4 hours.
If you don’t have want to learn about screencasting or would rather complete an alternate topic, please go to the alternate topic page and pick one from the list. You are also welcome to choose past topics or topics from the first round of Things.
If you get stuck and need help, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Exercises: (Due September 30, 2018 at 11:59 pm CDT)
Tools you will need:
- A computer with a browser.
- A tablet or other internet enabled device will also work for most of these activities.
- A microphone or headset (optional).
- A built-in mic in a laptop, phone, or tablet will also work.
- A headset or dedicated mic will give the best quality sound, but you don’t need to buy one for this lesson.
- An Internet connection.
Activity 1: (10-20 min)
- Watch at least one of the screencasts below:
Activity 2: (10 – 30 min)
- Think about topics you would like to cover in a screencast. This can be something really short and not as complicated as the examples above. Actually, the shorter the better.
- Some ideas include:
- How to get to something new on your website (such as yearbook images).
- How to search for a book on your card catalog.
- How to find or use a resource through the State Library.
- How to place a hold.
- How to access the card catalog from home.
- How to install the Library Mobile App.
- How to use parts of the Library Mobile App.
- Even something personal like showing a family member how to do something on Facebook or their email.
- Think about which device makes the most sense to record the screen.
- If you’re showing how to do something on a computer, it makes the most sense to record from a computer or laptop.
- If you’re showing how do to something from an app, it makes the most sense to do it from a tablet or phone so they’ll see what you’re seeing.
Activity 3: (5- 10 min)
- Read the tips and tricks for screencasting below:
- You want to make your device as distraction free as possible.
- Hide and/or turn off your toolbars.
- To turn off the bookmars bar on Chrome:
- On your computer, open Chrome.
- At the top right, click More .
- Select Bookmarks Show Bookmarks Bar
- Close email and any programs that may show notifications (like messengers, etc).
- Close any extra programs and browser windows.
- Keep it short and simple.
- Keep it under 3 minutes, 5 minutes at the most.
- If it’s going to be longer, you might consider breaking it up into pieces.
- Talk slowly, type slowly, and click slower than normal.
- Write a script.
- Choose a good distraction free environment (preferably a room or office where you can shut the door).
- Test your equipment.
- Turn off all ringers and device sounds.
- Share, share, share when you’re done. Post it everywhere!
- Try not to call it a screencast. This helps attract viewers. Call it a tutorial, guide, etc.
Activity 4: (10-30 min)
- Decide which way you want to record your screen by looking at the software or app options listed below and then installing one of them.
- Note: if you’re on a library computer, you may need help installing one of these options. Don’t hesitate to call Steve or me for help.
- For free on a computer:
- If you have an iPad or iPhone with iOS 11, recording your screen is built in.
- If you have an Android tablet or phone. I recommend one of the following apps:
Activity 5: (10 – 30 min)
- Once you have your software or app installed, record a quick practice screencast.
- Share it with someone.
Activity 6: (10 – 30 min)
- Comment down below with the following:
- What did you record?
- Who did you share it with
- How do you see yourself or your library using screencasting or screen recording?
- What are you the most excited about?
- What do you not like?
- Reply to at least one person’s comment down below.
- Register for Thing 9.