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Giving screencasting a thought

Following a session I gave on Friday on Using video in language teaching, I had an interesting conversation with some colleagues about screencasting.

As most of you probably know, screencasting (which I insist on writing in one word, despite my spellcheck’s best efforts) consists of recording what is happening on your computer screen into a video document. People will frequently add voice-over or captions to create tutorials and informative videos.

During Friday’s session, I mentioned a couple of screencasting solutions that may be of interest to tutors: Camtasia (Mac/PC, £73 to £220), Blueberry Flashback (PC, £59 to £132) and Quicktime X (Mac, free with OS X 10.7 or greater), although I had to admit not knowing much about other (and cheaper) solutions. So, better late then never, I went out and looked at what’s available.

I found that PC World has a very nice page summarising what’s available. If you’re looking for cheaper solutions than the ones mentioned above, try this page. Some of the software presented even allows to record your screen without software installation (provided you can get the Java applet to work).

I also realised that I had been using yet another screencasting solution myself, but hadn’t thought of including it in my session: Fraps (free to £25). Fraps is mostly popular among PC gamers due to its light CPU footprint and benchmarking ability. But on thinking about it, it is also an affordable, easy-to-use screen capture software package that can very well be used for educational purposes.


So, what would you use screencasting for in education?

I’ve given it a try myself a couple of times, to:

As you can see, I haven’t used screencasting in my language teaching practice yet. If any of you do, I’d be delighted to hear about it – feel free to comment in the box below. Thanks for reading.


Resources for ‘Creating a podcast’ workshop – 22nd November 2011


On this page you will find all the resources you’ll need when attending the “Creating a podcast” workshop on 22nd November 2011, organised by FILTA and MMU. For queries and registration, please email us.

Session objectives:

At the end of this session, you should be able to:

1. Understand the concepts of podcasting and screencasting and their applications to language teaching

2. Produce and publish a podcast

3. Produce and publish a screencast

A few examples of podcasts

Le français facile

English Language Teaching podcast

Rosbif Radio (Y7 to Y11 student and teacher recordings)

BMJ podcast (including some student broadcast)

Using an online prompter

Click to access CuePrompter.com, The Online Prompter. Paste your script in the text box and select your preferred font and speed. Practise reading your script.

Recording and editing your podcast

To record your podcast, open the following application on your computer: Audacity (PC) or GarageBand (Mac).

If Audacity is not installed in your machine, click here to install it.

GarageBand comes pre-installed on every Mac and is not available for public download.

Publishing your podcast

To publish your podcast on the MMU podcasting server, click here. You will need to enter your staff number and password.

For retrieving and tagging your podcast, access the MMU podcasting server.

Click to access MMU’s podcasting resources.

To create a free account with the podcast hosting service Beanpod, click here.

An example of screencast

Planning your screencast

In order to plan your screencast, download the template slides and add text  to create a lesson or activity relating to language learning. Prepare what you are going to say and practise talking over your slides.

Recording your screencast

To record your screencast, run the following software on your computer:

Blueberry Flashback (PC) or Camtasia (Mac).

If the software is not installed on your computer, click on of the links below to install it.

Blueberry Flashback (PC)

Camtasia (Mac)

Share your screencast on Youtube

In order to share your screencast on YouTube, create a free YouTube account. Note that if you have an existing Google account (e.g. Gmail), you can use the same credentials to create a Youtube account.

Sharing your screencast with Web 2.0

To share your screencast on MMU’s Languages Web PortalClick this link to create a new member account or to log on to your existing account.

Once a member, you may access the FILTA working space directly.

Further reading and weblinks:

Podcasting in the classroom by Joe Dale – A great guide to podcasting.

An MMU guide to podcasting

A list of podcasting software

Benoît Guilbaud’s podcast on iTunes

How to get your podcast on iTunes

FAQs for podcast makers

Create your own Web 2.0 online space using Ning.

Create a free  DropBox account

Dropbox help

Software download

Blueberry Flashback for Windows

Camtasia for Windows

 Camtasia for Mac

Audacity for Windows

Audacity quick start guide

Media skills for language tutors – A series of workshops

Hello everyone,

The Film in Language Teaching Association (FILTA) and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) are organising a series of workshops entitled ‘Media skills for language tutors’. These are aimed at equipping tutors of modern languages with a set of digital skills they can apply and re-use in the classroom. Below is a description of the contents of each section:

1)    Working with video (Tutor: Benoît Guilbaud, MMU and FILTA) on  Tuesday 8th November from 5-8.

This session will look at how to digitise clips from DVDs, edit them and share them online with learners and colleagues.

Windows PCs will be provided. You may also bring your own laptop computer. Mac users welcome.

Software used include:

Xilisoft DVD to WMV converter (Windows) / Handbrake (OS X)

Windows Live Movie Maker (Windows) / iMovie (OS X)

Microsoft PowerPoint (Windows / OS X)

Dropbox (Windows / OS X)


2)    Creating a podcast (Tutor: Benoît Guilbaud, MMU and FILTA) on Tuesday 22nd November from 5-8.

This session will look at possible uses of podcasting and screencasting in education, with hands-on activities.

Desktop PCs will be provided. You may also bring your own laptop computers. Mac users welcome.

Software used include:

Audacity (Windows) / GaradeBand (OS X)

BlueBerry Flashback (Windows) / Quicktime X (OS X)


3)    Making subtitles (Tutor: Jessica Frye, MMU and FILTA) on Tuesday 6th  December from 5.30 to 7.30.

 Details to be communicated.


The fee is £30 per session or £80 for attending the 3 sessions.

The workshops will take place in the Geoffrey Manton building, at Manchester Metropolitan University on Oxford road, Manchester.

For further information or to book, send me a message, or email Susan Nolan.

Thanks for reading.