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Friday, 4 March 2011

Screenr-A Free Tool to Create Your Screencast

Today's Website~ 

●  Screenr

Capture Your Screen (Screenr)

What is it about?

●  Screenr is a free, simple, easy-to-use tool for creating screencast videos.  You can record

    your screen up to 5 minutes.

●  You need a Twitter account to publish your screencast videos.  And once you Tweet your

    screencast, you get a URL link, and you can see it in Screenr.  You can also publish it to

    YouTube, download the MP4 file, or embed it in your own website or blog.

●  You can save your screencasts in the Screenr website once you have a Screenr account.

Why is the content good for language learning?

●  Like Screecast-o-Matic, Screenr is good for teachers to give individual students

    feedback.  5-minute video means teachers would make the feedback concise.

●  The visual and audio characteristics make the teacher's feedback clearer and easier

    for students to follow.

●  The feedback from teachers are authentic English.  Students can practice their listening

    skill.  

●  Learners can use this tool to present their work, too, e.g. practice their speech, describe

    a picture or comment on a video, or tell a short story ( storybook they create). 

●  The video can be embedded and shared.  Learners can keep their works or the teacher's

    feedback in their blog, or export it to their computers.  It could be students' e-portfolio.

How might you use it in a language teaching context?  

●  Teachers can use Screencast to correct students' writing, pronunciation, or explain

    the common errors students make when learning English.  It can also be used to give 

    students feedback and instructions as their visual notebooks.

●  Students can use this tool to do film-dubbing, video commenting, picture describing,

    or story-telling.  Since the visual and audio are the main characteristics of this tools, the

    teacher can have students work collaboratively using Mixbook, YUDU, Issuu (publishing 


    tool) or Powerpoint to briefly introduce their works, and share them with their peers, 

    friends and their family.

●  Before students present their works on the screen, the teacher has to give students

    some instructions, have them practice, and make sure that students are ready to record 

    and present their work.

Limitations~
  
●  Need sufficient computers and Internet.  Headphones are needed, too.

●  When students work collaboratively, it might be very noisy when all of the groups are 

    talking simultaneously.  A computer with only one headphone makes it difficult for several 

    students to talk in turn.

●  If there are too many students in a class, it might take the teacher lots of time to give 

    individual students feedback.

●  You can only record 5-minute screencast, so the teachers have to adapt the task to the 

    time limit.  Perhaps they can have students divide the task into several parts (videos).

●  Even though learners can save their screencasts in their own Screenr accounts, it is 

    difficult for other students to search for their works from Screenr website.  The teachers 

    might have to embed students' works in the class website or download them.    
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 Example~

●  Here is the tutorial of how to use Screenr.

    1.  Click on "Record" button.   

    2.  Put and resize the recording frame needed.

    3.  Click on the red button to record (everything you say and do on the screen).

    4.  When you finish, click "Done", add your message, and tweet it.

    5.  You will get a short URL, and click on the link,  you will see your screencast.

    6.  You can share it by embedding it in your blog, publish to YouTube., or just download

         the MP4 file. (You can see "SHARE THIS SCREENCAST

         your screencast video).
How to Use Screenr




    

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