Sharing and Distributing Mathcasts

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Getting them out there ...

 

Using USB jump drives (aka thumb drives, memory sticks, etc), iPods, Flash or SD memory cards:

 

If you can get your students to bring these (or get some donated by parents) then your students can leave with movies saved onto one of these reusable storage devices. And the very nice thing is that because 1 GB (or larger) memory devices are so cheap students can even copy large sets of non-compressed (avi format) movies.

 

Even though students could copy non-compressed movies onto reusable storage devices it will make a lot more sense to have them take home sets of movies either produced with Camtasia Studio as a CD Menu package or as a Web Menu package.

 

Using the web:

 

Recommendations:

 

Use Techsmith's Screencast.com to host your mathcasts and other screencasts.  It'll save you time and is relatively inexpensive (less than $7 per month or $70 per year).  Track the usage of your mathcasts & screencasts.

 

Hosting Whiteboard Movies on your school or school district's server is a possibility but ask for a fair amount of space because if you or your students make 10 hours (600 minutes) of movies you'll likely need something like 600 x 300 KB = 180 MB to 600 x 500 KB = 300 MB of storage space. If your school or school district is "into" electronic portfolios for students then use that to help get your students "living" work on the school's server.

 

Use a service like YouTube (free), TeacherTube (free), or TeacherWeb ($).

 

Ask parents or your department to buy you a domain with a lot of storage space (500 MB to 2 GB or even more). This should only cost about $100 per year or less. You might even ask if there's a parent who could help you maintain your domain and post movies for you. You could give them movies on CDs, DVDs, or jump-drives or via a file sharing service like xDrive (www.xDrive.com).

 

Using CDs:

 

Use Camtasia Studio's CD menu feature to create an autorun CD set of files in just a few minutes.

 

Ask students to bring and burn their own CDs either in your classroom or in your schools' computer lab.

 

Apply for a grant and buy a CD duplicator (about $100 per CD burner). Then you, a student, or a parent can burn multiple CDs at one time very quickly. Get parents to donate spindles of 50-100 CDs. My parents were always happy to do this once they saw and heard movies that I and their kids had made.

 

Using DVDs:

 

1. Use a DVD like a CD as above using the CD menu feature of Camtasia Studio.

2. Create a DVD playable on a TV or portable DVD player.  A great tool to learn how to do this the best way is Bill Myer's video "Camtasia to DVD" ($39 + shipping).

 

Using Portable Devices:

See TechSmith's excellent article "Creating Portable Media Using Camtasia Studio" (1 MB pdf)

 

Apple Video iPod:

Record, re-record, or produce using a 4:3 aspect ratio since the video iPod has a screen resolution of 320 x 240. Use Camtasia Studio 4 or 5 to produce mathcasts and screencasts to this format.

 

Palm:

Record, re-record, or produce using a 1:1 aspect ratio since Palms typically have a resolution of 320 x 320. Use Kinoma Producer 2 or Kinoma Media Album. Play with either the free Kinoma Player or Kinoma Player EX (about $30).  See TechSmith's article above for more details.

 

Pocket PC:

Record, re-record, or produce using a 3:2 aspect ratio since Pocket PCs typically have a resolution of 240 x 320.

Use Camtasia Studio to produce to .wmv format (select Pocket PC format - a little tricky to find).  See TechSmith's article above for more details.

 

Sony Play Station Plus (PSP):

Record using a 1:1 aspect ratio since Sony PSPs have a resolution of 320 x 320. Use PSP Ware & Apple QuickTime Pro or use Kinoma Producer 2 to produce to PSP format.

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