Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Test Student Post

Just doing a test of posting to this blog when signed in as a student.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Student Screencasting

We just started in on student screencasting this past week. What is screencasting you ask? It is a video recording of your actions on the computer screen. In our first practice run, students used the DabbleBoard web site to record a lesson on a virtual white board.

Obviously, a computer lab full of students recording at the same time is not the ideal setup for audio quality, but imagine using a classroom computer as a station for screencasting during a quiet work time. Classrooms could develop quite a library of student generated mini-lessons, reinforcing the lesson for the screencast producer and acting as a resource for students struggling with a concept. Having students write & edit a script for the screencast simultaneously helps develop writing skills.

Here is a short example of a screencast from this morning's session. We used a free program called Jing to make the movie. Jing runs on both Macs and PCs.

If you record a screencast, let me know in the comment section below!

Mr. Engstrom

Thursday, March 15, 2012


I recently set up a Vimeo account to host videos moving forward. Vimeo has more of a focus on HD videos than YouTube and also has a cleaner interface.

I am hoping to train teachers on how to set up Vimeo accounts and how to embed videos from Vimeo onto their web pages.

I have already shown students at Metzger and Templeton how to embed a video on their web site.

I like the idea of a generic school level Vimeo account that all staff could utilize. It would be a good way to showcase some of the amazing things that happen inside the building.

Monday, February 20, 2012

On Tuesday I will be attending the ITSC conference in Portland. I am looking forward to meeting other tech folks and getting some new ideas to bring back to the district. My conference schedule is below.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

All of the "wish project" videos are finally online. Each took about two hours of post-production work: trimming clips, adding transitions, titles, soundtrack and credits. The files are a little larger than I would like, but I think the project came out really well.