I have wanted, for quite some time now (years), to develop a series of videos/screen casts for several of my classes.
Initially I would like just to handle a number of small, somewhat trivial, start-up tasks that my students must complete at the beginning of the semester. These tasks inevitably generate numerous questions, and I would really like to stop most (if not all) of those questions from hitting my inbox. I would like to have at least a few of these start-up videos completed before the 2013 spring semester begins, which would give me about a 3 month time frame.
Beyond the initial start-up videos, I would like to be able to continue the development of these videos/screencasts until I have a comprehensive educational video library for my students. This library would be a very useful supplement to our face-to-face meetings. I see this portion of the idea as a work-in-progress and, as such, wouldn’t really have a time frame, but rather, more of a personal commitment to keep making them as time passes.
I have been putting this off for several reasons:
- I didn’t want to buy a piece of software.
- I didn’t want to take the time to learn how to use that software.
- I’m not sure I know how to put together a video that is effective.
Jing is a free piece of software that is easy to use, so the first two reasons are not valid anymore. That being said, I am not certain that Jing is the best tool for the job. I could start my research by comparing different tools via a few tutorials:
And then maybe look through some “Best-Practices” for screencasts.
I think I could pull this off in the three month time-frame that I have. Also, I know a guy who works in IT Support Services who would be a great twitter or face-to-face resource 😉