Recently, Amy Meyers (@FriedTechnology) shared a post FriedEnglish: Video Grading using Google Docs and Jing (Faster, Easier, and Better for Students). As I watched the video, I was reminded that many of my colleagues are beginning to explore the concept of “front loading” or Flipping their classrooms and how something similar to what Ms. Meyers shared could be a great way to accomplish it.

For example, a teacher asked me for advice on how to add audio to a powerpoint and share on the web for his students. He has used Audacity and it  is a very proficient PPT. He just need help putting it all together. I suggested using one of my top ten sites, Sildeshare (create a slidecast).

Steps for creating Slidecast on Slideshare;

  1. Create PPT
  2. Record audio narration and create an audio file using Audacity or Aviary
  3. Upload PPT
  4. Upload audio file
  5. Adjust audio segments to match slides on PPT
  6. Embed on site/Share link

The simplicity of using Jing to accomplish the same thing to save time;

  1. Create PPT
  2. Record screen and audio with Jing
  3. Upload to YouTube or Vimeo
  4. Embed/Share

The biggest difference would be the restriction on the project length. There in not a  file size or length restriction on Slideshare (have created Slidecasts of 60+ minutes), but with Jing you have 5 minutes of recording time. I personally think that the 5 minute time limit could work, but could produce multiple files.

I also have encouraged the teacher to think mobile. Can whatever he creates be viewed on a Smartphone (majority of kids have these devices and use during his class)? A video created with Jing and uploaded to YouTube can be viewed on a phone easily.

I would encourage him to try both methods and find what works for him.

Next step. Creating  QR codes to easily link to videos. Students walk into the room and scan the QR code and it launches  automatically to the class video.

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