Screen capturing (Module 3, ISTE-TS 3)

This week we are looking at ISTE-TS 3: Model digital age work and learning – “teachers exhibit knowledge, skills, and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.” Looking at TS 3 and its indicators, I asked:

What is a digital tool math teachers could use to achieve one or all of these indicators?

While pondering this, it occurred to me that a screen capture tool (aka screencasting or video capture) would be great for this standard. I actually began my investigation of screen capturing last quarter, betting that it would be relevant to the ISTE-TSs at some point. Sure enough, Indicator 3c just screams “screen capture!” to me – “communicate relevant information and ideas effectively to students, parents, and peers using a variety of digital age media and formats.” Here’s why, in a semi-VLOG-like style, while screen capturing:

My Resource – OBS Studio

The screen capture tool I went with is OBS Studio. I searched around and found that OBS Studio was the most frequently and highly recommended free screen capturing program. As I understand it, OBS is is often used by gamers to stream their game-play, and there are tons of tutorials on YouTube about how to use OBS Studio.

A tutorial I found super valuable was OBS Studio Tutorial: Studio Mode by WDA_Punisher. After a few weeks of sporadic use, I had not been able to figure out how to use Studio Mode on my own, so I looked it up. Indeed, it is a valuable feature within OBS Studio to help make your videos cleaner and more professional looking as you transition between the windows that you want to capture. However, it is not a necessary feature to get started with basic screen capturing.

To give you an idea of what OBS Studio looks like, I made a demonstration video using OBS Studio. (Note: I am not adding sources from scratch, so the first time you go through this process it will look a little different. Sorry about that.)

In a Math Class

The ways I immediately see a screen capturing tool as being helpful in a math class include: demonstrating how to use the class LMS or online homework system, or answering student questions outside of class. I’m envisioning screen capturing while using the drawing tablet I recently blogged about (here) to perhaps answer some student questions outside of class.

An aside: Speaking of screen capturing and using my tablet, can I take a moment to plug my Global Collaboration Project for this quarter? I’m collecting, curating, and sharing stories of times math was useful. I’ve gotten fantastic responses and I look forward to blogging about it! (Here are more details and the form to submit a story if you’re interested.) For one of my own story submissions, I used OSB Studio, my Huion H420 tablet, and OneNote to screencast a part of my story! (Video here, full story here.)

Earlier I highlighted Indicator 3c in relation to screen capturing because it works so well to enhance communication in those situations where you need to communicate online, but wish you could show the person your computer screen too. But the situations that may come up where you want to show a colleague or student, or someone else, what you see on your computer are endless. I’m sure there are situations where you could use screen capturing to: “demonstrate…the transfer of current knowledge to new technologies” (Indicator 3a), “collaborate with students, peers, parents, and community members…to support student success and innovation” (Indicator 3b), or “model and facilitate effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research and learning” (Indicator 3d).

In general, screen capturing is just a good tool to have in your tool bag, ready to use when you need it. And I do recommend OBS Studio. It has been a great free program so far!


References

ISTE: International Society for Technology in Education. (2017). ISTE standards for teachers (2008). Retrieved from https://www.iste.org/standards/standards/standards-for-teachers

Open Broadcaster Software. (2017) OBS Studio. Retrieved from https://obsproject.com/

WDA_Punisher. (2016, March) OBS Studio tutorial: Studio Mode. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xFA4zCIptA