Camtasia Weekly Technology Blog Session #13

Tool: Camtasia

Audience: All students (Camtasia would be used in the classroom to create videos with UDL in mind)

Camtasia is recording program that allows the user to create highly interactive and accessible videos for his/her audience. With Camtasia, a teacher would be able to produce interactive videos with clickable links, tables of contents, captioning, images, music and voice-over. Offering the user the ability to truly customize their videos, record screen tutorials, PowerPoint, and upload pre-recorded video, the software is very flexible and customizable.  Camtasia is very user friendly offering a vast array of tutorial videos, making it easy for anyone to become proficient.

This semester we have explored and discussed very non-conventional classroom settings. Software programs such as this allow teachers to truly create a UDL environment where students are able to watch or create videos for an educational purpose. By creating content that students can watch and re-watch on their own time, or in the case of a flipped-classroom, at home, teachers are opening up the realm of education for students and getting them engaged. Education is not about school, it is about the knowledge, passion and curiosity that learning can have on an individual, and through interactive and informative videos, we as educators start to become less reliant on the resources our districts provide to us and have the freedom to customize content for our students that isn’t just reading a chapter and responding to summary questions.

Below is the video of a math teacher explaining how he uses Camtasia to share class notes with his students:

Next is a video about Camtasia Relay in the high school setting:

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3 thoughts on “Camtasia Weekly Technology Blog Session #13

  1. Camtasia appears to be an incredible method of composing instructional videos through utilizing existing devices like the smart board and recording mechanisms. Looking at the software, it reminds me quite a bit of Imovie in the way that audio, video, and text are compiled. In addition, the screen recording software looks rather similar to that of Quicktime. I was wondering, what is the difference between Camtasia and Imovie? What features does Camtasia have that couldn’t be replicated by other software like Quicktime and Imovie? Is the appeal the convenience of each of these software functions in one setting, or are there features specific to the software that are unavailable in other formats?

    As for the purpose of the software, I always appreciated the flip classroom approach. Having classroom time to work independently with students, teaching in small groups, and providing feedback is just a few of the benefits of this approach. I can definitely see the benefits this software provides classroom teachers.

  2. Joseph, iMovie differs from Camtasia in that iMovie is not designed to screencast a SmartBoard. You can easily replicate this software using software like screencast-o-matic and a video editing software like imovie. The difference with this software is that is appears to be designed integrate the two different functions. I do not think Camtasia is really worth the price, but if you are flipping lessons everyday and do not want to have to import a screencast into iMovie everyday, this product would speed up the process. It also appears they have their own server for these videos which is nice, but you could just as easily post these videos on YouTube.

    Overall, I think this product is Smart in concept and I would use it if it was cheap. I also would consider filming one of my classes with a Screencast and a GoPro (assuming all students were given permission to appear on camera). That way you could record what happens on the on screen work and your actual teaching.

  3. This past month I was using a free-trial of Camtasia, which unfortunately has run out. Brendan is correct that it is not free and can be quite expensive depending on your budget. The benefits are that it is quite easy to use and allows the user to truly customize their videos.

    You can save items in your library that you use all of the time (i.e. a class mascot, a picture of the classroom or the picture of your students). The teacher could then create concept videos with his/her actual students models of good behavior for concept stories such as the once we have learned this semester with ASD students. The list goes on. Being able to provide students with multiple modes of learning materials is essential to creating a classroom with UDL in mind.

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