Media Creation

The original media content I created is called QuickTime Screen Recording. It’s for my video productions class. We have a module where students use Microsoft PowerPoint to create an intro to a specific segment played on the morning announcements. I teach video announcements too, so I created the module with the idea that students could have the opportunity to provide content.

Here are the segments on the morning announcements:

  • Mindful Monday
  • Vineful Monday
  • Book Title Tuesday
  • Word Up Wednesday
  • Trendy Thursday
  • Social Skills 101
  • Boss Babies
  • Joke of the Week
  • Do You Really Know Your Teacher?
  • What Teachers Say
  • What Students Say

To explain how to record a PowerPoint slideshow with animations, I originally used Monosnap to annotate all the steps. Monosnap allows users to annotate any screenshot. Creating a video recording seemed like a better, more engaging idea, so I used Camtasia to screen record the process. I recently just purchased Camtasia and so far so good. It was pricey, but in the end I think it will be worth it, considering how many screencasts I create every year.

For the past year, I have been hooked on ScreenFlow, which is a screen-recording app that is similar to Camtasia. But I like Camtasia more because it has more bells and whistles. There are more graphics to choose from and more actions to manipulate a video. Next semester I plan to watch more how-to tutorials so I can master this product.

Implications of educators becoming media creators

One major implication of educators becoming media creators is, well, students will give you more respect in the classroom. I can’t say how many times students say, “Mr. Klott? That’s you talking!” when they watch a video tutorial I made and posted to Canvas. Students are expecting to watch some video a teacher stole from the web. But when teachers create their own media, they immediately earn the “street cred” in the classroom. I firmly believe a student is more likely to watch a video tutorial you made versus a video tutorial pulled from the web. Why? In my experience, it’s because a video you made speaks to them directly. A video pulled from the web is for an unknown audience.

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