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Cloud Computing and Screencasting in Education

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Kristy Matthews

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Cloud Computing and
Screencasting in Education Screencasting The term screencast refers to capturing the actions on a computer screen and explaining them using narration or text. It is a video or audio (or a combination of both) recording of what appears on a presenter’s computer screen.

Using screencasting in an educational setting is an effective way for teachers to integrate technology in to traditional and non-traditional pedagogical methods. The Flipped Classroom Approach... Advantages of Screencasting and Cloud computing for Teachers and Students
For Screencasting, advantages are... Efficient and effective way to describe step-by-step processes, concepts, and PPTs with narration. Allows for making videos concise and clear because each screencast can be edited and changed until the creator is satisfied. For distance learners, teachers can use screencasts to add some humanistic features (voice through narration) to the course. For students, this may mean feeling more connected. Saves teachers time from sifting through the extremely large amount of videos online trying to find the perfect one when they can create what they need themselves. Teachers will not have to worry about absent students missing valuable content or answering questions that were answered during the lecture because students have access to the screencast to watch as many times as they need or want. Screencasts can be made available for students to watch anytime, anywhere, and for as many times as necessary. Students are able to stop, pause, rewind, and fast forward while watching a screencast. This control empowers the learner to use the resource in a way that best suits their learning needs.  Screencasting has proven to be an innovative and effective tool used for engaging students by appealing to many different learning styles and abilities.
 Teachers can use class time more productively to provide more teacher-student one on one time. As creative and innovative as they may be, screencasting and cloud computing certainly face their fair share of obstacles. Suggested Best Practices

 Use a good microphone and speak clearly, using simple language.

 Be short and concise. Screencasts should not be longer than 5 to 10 minutes. Break longer videos up into multiple smaller ones.

 Focus the content on one clear concept. This will also help keep appropriate lengths.

 Don’t over use available features. IE: If using narration don’t repeat what is said with text.

 Match narration with visual cues. Screencasts are valuable for recording important information you would like your audience to view anytime and anywhere that is convenient for them. Cloud computing makes this accessibility and flexibility more possible. Together they can have a powerful impact on the effectiveness of instruction for both teacher and learners.

We hope our viewers will learn what these impacts are but also understand the power is held by the user and attention to potential drawbacks to these tools is needed. A screencast can be used to teach your audience how to do something without needing to be at the same location at the same time. Once you record your screencast you can save it to a the cloud This method can be just as effective as teaching someone something face to face. Take a look at the screencast teaching the viewer how to insert a picture into a Word document using Microsoft Word 2010. By: Kristy Matthews and Daniel Frank Now that we learned more about Screencasting, its time to discuss... For Cloud computing,
advantages are... A software-related advantage to cloud computing is that you are not stuck with out-of-date software and costly upgrades. In cases where the app is web-based, updates occur instantaneously and are obtainable every time you log into the cloud. Cloud computing immensely lessens the need for both hardware and software upkeep. Computers in a cloud computing system will start up and run faster, as they will not have to load as many programs and processes into the computer`s memory. Like Screencasting, Cloud computing is conducive to collaboration. The cloud provides essentially unlimited storage space. Remember when your computer`s hard drive last ran out of storage space? When you are attached into a cloud computing system, you have the power of the whole cloud at your fingertips. You are no longer restricted to what a single desktop PC can do! (Miller, 2006).
You do not need a high-capacity and, similarly high-priced, computer to run cloud computing`s web-based applications. Additional Resources

A thorough overview of Cloud Computing from the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education:


This is an advanced level journal article on developing privacy filters for the cloud:

Basu, A., Vaidya, J., Kikuchi, H. & Dimitrakos., T. (2011). Privacy-preserving collaborative filtering for the cloud. Cloud computing technology and science (CloudCom), 2011 IEEE Third International Conference on Cloud Computing, p. 223-230.

This is an advanced level journal article on the challenges of updating Cloud Computing servers in real time:

Tonosaki, S., Yamada, H. & Kono, K. (2011). Efficiently synchronizing virtual machines in cloud computing environments. Cloud computing technology and science (CloudCom), 2011 IEEE Third International Conference on Cloud Computing, p. 154-162.<o:p></o:p>
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Qi, Y., Yang, J., & Zhang, Y. (2011). Online course design in the context of cloud computing. In Y. Wang (Ed.), Education and Educational Technology (pp. 193-200). Berlin; London: Springer. We hope you enjoyed and learned more about cloud computing and screencasting, specifically as it relates to education. We value and view these technologies as effective in the educational sphere, in terms of how they support an interactive and innovative online learning experience for all students. Although quite different, as outlined in this presentation, cloud computing and screencasting share many benefits; one predominant feature being their ‘collaboration friendly’ nature, which is essential in any classroom environment.

Although many educators may harbour fears of using such technologies in their classroom environment, we hope this presentation was able to ‘break the ice’ and bridge barriers into the perhaps unfamiliar territories of cloud computing and screencasting. We hope that you will one day consider including cloud computing, screeencasting, or even both, in your pedagogical practice, as you continue to learn and grow as life-long learners.

Thank you for watching! (Alman,S., Tomer, C., and Lincoln, M., 2012, p. 34). Reflection
Do you foresee yourself incorporating these tools in your planning and teaching? If yes, how? If no, why not?

How has your view of incorporating these tools in education developed?

Does your school or work place support the use of tools like these? If not, what can individuals do to promote and encourage using tools like these?
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