As the semester starts, many teachers and students will be experimenting with new software and Web applications. Training videos are a great way to learn, and thanks to easy-to-use screencasting tools like CamStudio, Jing, or Wink (free alternatives to the well-known Camtasia), many tutorials are now available for free on the Internet.
Where can you find good video tutorials about technology?
YouTube is certainly a good place to find videos, but there are other interesting resources for teachers. Among them:
- Teacher Training Videos: On this award-winning website, Russell Stannard, an English teacher, provides step-by-step videos to help integrate technology in teaching. Many examples in the videos are for language courses, but most of the tools covered can be used in any discipline.
- Internet4classrooms Tech Tutorials: Susan Brooks and Bill Byles’s website contains tutorials on office applications, operating systems and Web 2.0 tools. The latter section contains videos on anything from collaboration tools to file converters, to blogs, to survey makers.
- Common Craft: Lee and Sachi LeFever use paper cut-outs and a whiteboard to create introduction videos explaining technology and other topics “in plain English.”
In conclusion, before creating your own screencasts for your colleagues, search for video tutorials on the Web: you might find what you are looking for and save a lot of time.