Creating Screencasts with CamStudio

CamStudio is a free software download that allows you to take video screen captures of content displayed on your desktop.  This program allows you to create video segments of anything that you can show on your screen, from websites to software applications to simulations and demonstrations.  You can not only narrate as you record the screen, but you can also add special cursors, annotations and even an embedded video box from a web camera.  The videos are saved out as either AVI or SWF files.

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Using VoiceThread in the World Language Classroom

A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments in 5 ways – using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too, all with no software to install.

Using Presentation Tools (PhotoStory 3) in the World Languages Classroom

PhotoStory3 is an easy-to-use free download that allows you to create photo slideshows with movie effects, music, and narration.  You can edit the photos and audio right in the program, and output the video for use on the web.

Using dotSUB to Share Your Videos with Your Own Subtitles

DotSub is a free program that allows you to upload, transcribe, translate and share your own videos in multiple languages.  You can easily bring in video content for use in dotSub by linking to any video in YouTube.  This is a great tool for new learners as they can easily switch between the English subtitles and the subtitles in the target language.

Flip Cameras for World Languages

Flip video cameras are a useful tool in language classes as they are extremely easy to use and fairly inexpensive. With a class set of flip cameras, students can interview each other, perform skits in the target language, create their own “commercials” or music videos and much more. In order to produce a “professional” video, students will work on their project from storyboarding to rehearsal and finally to filming.