Monthly Archives: October 2016

Screenflow Software to create YouTube Tutorial Videos

I spent the weekend researching how to create dynamic How-To YouTube videos using Screenflow. Screenflow is screencasting and video editing software for Macs. I purchased the software this morning for $139.99 through the App Store.

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These two videos were particularly helpful…

Screenflow Tutorial by David A. Cox

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSDa4CqgU0A

How I Create My Videos by DottoTech

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TBazwfahYw

Things I need to make high quality professional style videos…

  1. Screenflow software
  2. Macbook Pro
  3. Logitech C920 webcam
  4. Blue Yeti USB microphone
  5. Lighting – 2 umbrella light Kit
  6. Green screen paper

Things I found out about the importance of Thumbnails and Keywords…

After uploading your video, it is very important to create an engaging thumbnail in order to grab people’s attention.  Canva is a great program for this as it has many logos, interesting graphics and fonts. Create a consistent thumbnail image for your videos in order to create a “brand” for yourself.  If your thumbnails look similar it looks more professional.  Also, when you are watching a video in YouTube there is a list of videos along the right hand side of the website offering similar videos you may be interested to watch. Most people will watch several videos on a topic they are investigating.   Underneath the thumbnail you will write a description for your video. When describing your video put the most important keywords at the beginning. This will help people find your videos by moving you higher in the search results for those keywords.

Here are a list of short-term goals I want to accomplish…

  1. Create a banner for my YouTube Channel
  2. Create an opening for my videos. Fiverr.com is a good site if you want to hire someone for a cheap price to create an opening for you.
  3. Learn to use Screenflow and use it to create my first how-to video
  4. Reach 100 subscribers so that I can change the name of my channel

It is about “Context”

Here is a really important tip that I learned from DottoTech. Most content has already been published. What is important is “context”. This means people are interested in viewing the information reflected through your experience. More specifically, how I use technology to assist myself and my students in the classroom.  I have found that teachers like easy to follow, step-by-step instructions when trying to learn new software or piece of technology.

Kidblog redesigned their website

Kidblog.org

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• Designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog
• Students publish posts and participate in academic discussions within a secure classroom blogging community
• Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs

Kidblog recently redesigned their website. This lesson has been redesigned (Sept 2016) with new screenshots and instructions to reflect the changes to their website

Applications for Kidblog.org

• Create classroom discussions
• Learn digital citizenship
• Practice writing skills
• Create an e-portfolio
• Reflect on learning
• Formatively assess writing

Edmodo Teacher Guide

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Edmodo recently redesigned their website.  Edmodo is a Virtual Learning Environment.  It allows for secure social networking within classrooms.  Teachers and students can post a variety of information (assignments, questions, polls etc.).  The interface is similar to Facebook.

Last week I completely redesigned my Edmodo teacher guide with new screenshots and instructions to reflect the changes to their website.  This new guide explains…

  1. How to log-in to Edmodo
  2. How to set up classes
  3. Add attachments
  4. Invite students
  5. Utilize the Snapshot feature
  6. Create Notes, Assignments, Poles and Quizzes