Using Screenchomp to create narrated short tutorials

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Screenchomp is a free app that allows you to create and share short tutorials on your iPad. You can demonstrate things on its whiteboard by drawing and talking through your instructions. Your instructions and talking will be recorded and uploaded to ScreenChomp.com where a shortened URL will be provided for you to share with your students.

Units

Audio Tools, Gallery, Photo Gallery, Presentation Tools

Duration

1

Standards

Communication, Comparisons, Connections, Cultures, Gallery, Photo Gallery

LEVEL

Beginner, Gallery, Photo Gallery

WEBSITE

Visit Screenchomp Website

OS

PC or Mac

PREREQUISITES

use of iPad

OBJECTIVES

At the completion of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • go to Apple store to get the free App
  • install the app
  • use it to record a narrated tutorial or presentation
  • use it to create videos that explain complexities
  • use it record your most recent brilliant idea
  • use it to share your presentations

MATERIALS NEEDED

none

Step-By-Step Instructions

What is Screenchomp

Screenchomp is a free app that allows you to create and share short tutorials on your iPad. You can demonstrate things on its whiteboard by drawing and talking through your instructions. Your instructions and talking will be recorded and uploaded to ScreenChomp.com where a shortened URL will be provided for you to share with your students.

How to use Screenchomp

To get the app and sign up a Nearpod account, you need to:

  • Go to App Store

    • Type in Screenchomp in the search area

    • Tab on INSTALL to install the Free app

    • Tab on OPEN once the installation has completed

  • The image below is Screenchomp’s whiteboard

  • Press on one of the markers to write or hold for 3 seconds for more colors.

  • Swipe two fingers up or down to scroll your whiteboard if you have finished writing on the current whiteboard space

  • Press on the Spot Eraser to Swipe over any mistakes to watch them disappear.

  • Press on the Erase All tool for 3 seconds to clean everything on your whiteboard.

  • Press on the Insert Background tool to insert an image as a background,; choose one of the given options

  • Press the “REC” button to record your talking and what is happening on the screen.

  • When you are finished recording, press the white square button in the lower right corner to stop recording

  • You will see your recording played back. In the upper part of the video you will see a date and time–press in the box and type your name and title.

  • Press the button in the lower right hand corner that says “Share” to upload the video.  ( this will take you back to start another screen capture )

  • Press  View Videos button to view your recent video uploads

  • Press the blue Share button for options to share the video

 

Here is a very good video tutorial that you can view to learn about the use of Screenchomp:  http://www.techsmith.com/screenchomp.html

Suggestions for Language Class Use:

There are a lot of things you can do with Screenchomp to apply with ACFTL standards.  For example, you can use it to create mini tutorials to explain a difficult grammar concept, to give personal feedback to students’ work;  you can show students to write characters in the correct stroke orders in the target language; you can bring in images and talk about them in target language to see if your students understand them;  you can assign homework for students to do using Screenchomp and ask them to share with you; you can ask students to create presentations using Screenchomp, etc, etc.

Example 1

Show students the way to write the Chinese character “我”  in the correct  stroke order and correct pronunciation.

Directions:

  • Open Screenchomp

  • Tap on the rec button

  • Wait for the countdown to disappear

  • Start writing  the character in the correct stroke order and talking about  “笔划“ at the same time

  • Tap on the stop button when you are done

  • Play the tutorial by clicking on the play button (Hold down the trash can for two seconds to remove it  can if you don’t want to keep the tutorial)

  • Tap on the Share icon to upload the tutorial

  • Tap on the View Video folder to find the one you just updated

  • Tap on the Share button at the bottom to email it to your students

Example 2

Ask student to use screenchomp to complete a homework assignment: Talking about your family using the sentences我家有 几口人, 这是我爸爸,这是我妈妈。 我爸爸是。。。 我妈妈是。。。 “

Directions;

  • Use iPad to take a family picture

  • Open Screenchomp

  • Load the picture into the whiteboard by choosing from library

  • Locate the image and display it as a background in the whiteboard

  • Tap on the rec button to start the recording

  • Use one of the makers to indicate your family members

  • Talk about the picture using “我家有 几口人, 这是我爸爸,这是我妈妈。 我爸爸是。。。 我妈妈是。。。 “

  • Tap on the stop button when you are done

  • Play the tutorial by clicking on the play button (Hold down the trash to remove it  can if you don’t want to keep the tutorial)

  • Tap on the Share icon to upload the tutorial

  • Tap on the View Video folder to find the one you just updated

  • Tap on the Share button at the bottom to email it to your teacher and your classmates

Additional Resources and Works Cited

None

Activity Management

  • Discuss the benefits of this App to create tutorials
  • Demonstrate how to use different features in Screenchomp
  • Allow participants to spend time recording short demonstrations.
  • Have members of the class share their recordings to the group.
  • Brainstorm on ways that the learners plan to integrate this App into their classroom activities.

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