Creating videos for flipped learning

Vodcasting, otherwise known as video podcasting (“vod” stands for Video-On-Demand), has been around for a few years, but it’s thanks to the recent interest in flipped learning that educators are taking a closer look into the low-expense creation of education videos.

What do you need to make a vodcast?

To begin making your own vodcast, which can be an entire lesson, concept, or explanation of a recent topic, Holden suggests having all software downloaded and beta-tested. This includes screencasting software, editing software (optional), and a place to post your vodcasts (or a place to post the video links).

Screencasting software for iPads includes Replay Note ($4.99), Explain Everything ($2.99), Screenchomp (free), and ShowMe (free). Holden’s personal favorite is Explain Everything.

Screencasting software for a laptop or desktop includes Jing  (free), Snagit ($29.95 for a single educator license), Screencast-o-matic (free), Camtasia Studio ($179 for a single educator license), Camtasia for Mac ($75 for a single educator license), and aTube Catcher (free). aTube Catcher also exists for Mac.

aTube Catcher is Holden’s favorite, he said, because it offers different options other than screencasts.

For example, aTube Catcher “allows users to make screencasts [or] podcasts, download videos from YouTube and other sharing sites, convert video to different formats, and burn videos to DVDs and CDs,” said Holden. “You can also use aTube Catcher in conjunction with Prezi.”

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Make your screencast

Once you’ve chosen your screencasting software, select your recording area (the optimal area is full screen), select your destination folder (choose your desktop for an easy-to-find location), select the recording device (a microphone), and select the format of the vodcast (WMV for easy posting).

“Once you’ve chosen your recording setting, hit ‘start,’ record your video, and hit ‘stop’ when you’re finished. Your  icon will pop up on your desktop,” Holden instructed.

Holden also published a step-by-step PDF guide on how to use aTube Catcher on’s resources page for Tech Tools for the Classroom.

Another great option for presentation is Presentation Tube, which allows educators to make videos, then upload to Presentation Tube or YouTube, allowing educators to share the video link with students.

Educators can also use the basic recorder on their smart phones.

(Next page: Posting, projects, and vodcasting best practices)

Meris Stansbury

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