ED 431

Media Creation

The audience for my media creation is my eleventh and twelfth-grade Psychology students. I began this assignment by creating a video in Adobe Spark using a powerpoint I use introducing WWII to my students. The purpose of the video was to give absent students the ability to access the information covered in class. The creation of my video on Adobe Spark was not terrible; however, I didn’t like that it kept zooming in on the video because I used screenshots of my original slides and added them into the video. I figured there had to be a better tool to use. When I signed onto the slack page I noticed that Kat had created a video explaining her assignment by recording the screen. When I was watching her video I realized that I could create my PowerPoint the same way and then I could use my actual PowerPoint without having to screenshot anything! I decided to ditch Adobe Spark and start working in one of the suggested tools: Kaltura CaptureSpace Desktop Recorder.

I wanted to use this tool because I felt that it would not be time-consuming. When it comes to adopting tools or media creation in the classroom, for me it comes down to having the time to do it. I can see the potential of using media creation in my classroom with the idea of a flipped classroom giving more time in class for hands-on activities. It would also be especially helpful having a way for students that miss school because of sports, activities or sickness to be able to access the same information. Beyond using it for absent students, I also think using instructional videos outside of class to introduce material will give me more time in class to do the fun hands-on activities I like to do in class. My one fear of creating these instructional videos and a major pitfall would be if I take the time to create the videos I want them to be utilized by my students and not just a waste of my time. I did log into Ed Puzzle to check out what it was based on interest from the title. I could always use the Ed Puzzle as a way to check students understanding and if they are watching the video. I am just concerned about all of the extra steps that would be involved in this process if I were to complete it using these tools.

I am pretty nervous recording myself. It feels so unnatural for me and I often find myself paying way too much attention to myself rather than the information that I am providing. Due to my nerves in the creation of this assignment, I decided I would focus on instructional how-to videos for students outside of class to rather than a PowerPoint, to begin with. I would like to start using Google Keep in my classroom, I began this assignment by creating a video helping students add notes, lists, videos, etc. to Google Keep. I am hoping that the more I use the tool and record videos that it will become more natural and feel less rushed or scripted. As I become more comfortable recording myself on camera the better my use of the tool will become and the more applicable it will become in my classroom. I would love to be able to eventually be recording my PowerPoints for students to have access to the information even if they are not present. Thanks for checking out my video below:

PsychSim Tutorials and Posting to Google Keep

Reading References:

DUCAUSE Learning Initiative (2012). 7 Things you should know about flipped classrooms. EDUCAUSE Creative Commons. Retrieved from: https://library.educause.edu/~/media/files/library/2012/2/eli7081-pdf.pdf

Hibbert, M. C. (2014). What Makes an Online Instructional Video Compelling?.


  • Sean Holland

    Hi Erika, what did you use for your inset webcam video in the recording. At first I assumed it was part of Kaltura CaptureSpace app, but then you dragged it across the screen. Did you have your webcam open in an additional app?

    Thank you for your fun rundown of trying and moving on from Adobe Spark. It’s a great tool but not suited toward your purpose. EdPuzzle is a good mention. It’s fairly similar to PlayPosit.

  • Deana Waters

    Isn’t Kaltura great?? You video tutorial turned out very nice. I can relate to being nervous recording yourself. But the more you do it, the easier it gets. I try to think of the camera as another student in my class that I am speaking to directly, Have you used the captioning feature available with Kaltura? It’s a quick turn around and it’s fairly easy to edit the captioning to reflect what you actually said rather than what the converter thinks you said.

    • admin

      Hey Deana,
      I thought Kaltura was super easy to use! Thank you for the positive feedback! I definitely I am hoping it gets easier the more I do it! I need to figure out how to add captions to my screencasts. I am going to go check it out now!

  • Kat Geuea

    HI! I liked your video. I haven’t tried Kaltura. Did you like it? Screencastify was easy to use and it had markup tools. Don Peterson recommended it to me. Did Kaltura give you any tools? I know what you mean about filming yourself. I record myself reading tomy students and it makes me so nervous!

  • Kevin Klott

    Nice job with this video. I like how you kept it short. From the research I read regarding instructional videos, shorter is better. Sticking to one topic is also best practice. You are better off making a few short videos rather than trying to squeeze it all into one long video.

    It sounds like Kaltura is a good screencasting program. I’ve used multiple screencasting programs: QuickTime Player, Screencastify, ScreenFlow and Camtasia. So far my favorite is ScreenFlow. I’ve learned all the shortcuts, which means I can crank out an instructional video in very little time.

    Now it’s time to be the grammar police: “The purpose was to create a video that students that are absent can still access the same information.” Replace students that with students who. In regards to adjective clauses, generally the word that is for objects an who is for people.


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