I recently spent a day with a group of teachers who spent time sharing their practice with each other. The Flipped Classroom Model became the focus of a few conversations. It was interesting to note the tools teachers currently use to create tutorials videos. Many of the tools mentioned come at a cost to the user. I was reminded of the Microsoft Community Clips screen casting application, and thought I might share some tips and tricks of using this free tool. It really is a simple application that has some very powerful applications in the classroom.
Community Clips is a free tool from Microsoft that helps you to make screen casting for your whole computer screen.
In an education context it could be used to:
- Create tutorials around subject matter and classwork
- Flipping the classroom Content creation
- Give student verbal feedback while editing student work
- Make how-to guides
- Students can explain a concept to peers
- Download the installation file here or at http://bit.ly/communityclipsdownload
- If you’re on a Windows 8 device, open the charm bar and use the search charm: Community Clips
- Locate App in bottom Task Bar
- Click on record
- Walk through your content recording
- Stop recording
- Save file
- Edit if necessary using Windows Movie Maker
- Publish and share with your student or class
Once you have created your tutorial or feedback, some easy ways to share include:
- Upload to Youtube or Vimeo
- Upload to Edmodo or Moodle or similar online collaboration space
- Insert into a OneNote File that you are sharing with your student or class.