About Mike Curtis

Mike Curtis is an Educational Technologist at TechSmith. He works closely with the User Assistance team, doing what he can to help everyone be successful with our products.

Digital Learning Day: 2014

February 5th is a special day set aside to celebrate and participate in digital learning across U.S. schools. Thousands of educators take a pledge to open their classroom door and let other educators see how they're using e-learning, while others try a lesson incorporating technology to increase learning and engagement. One of the highlights of Digital Learning Day is the free, live-streamed virtual conference hosted at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. The panel session will be moderated Continue reading

Three Must-Know Workflows: Why You Need TechSmith Snagit to Simplify Daily Tasks

For years, I've been using Microsoft Word and I never knew about the Format Painter or why I'd need it. Then one day a colleague saw me working inefficiently and showed me the magic of the Format Painter. How was I living without it? Similarly, I've visited many workers in corporate environments who "use Snagit 11 on Windows all the time," but don't know that you can send images to PowerPoint in one click, or that they can record a process and then take frames from the video to create an accompanying Continue reading

Make the Most of your Interactive White Board

Do you or someone you know have access to an Interactive White Board? Popular brand names include SMART, Promethean, and Epson. These boards are popular in many classrooms. You can display a computer screen or use it like an electronic white board. One problem though is that once the lesson is done, the board is cleared and the content is no longer available. Enter Jing, Snagit, or Camtasia! You can use TechSmith tools to record the interactive white board, thus freeing your content and Continue reading

An Easy Way to Scale Embedded Video on Screencast.com

Previously, if you wanted to embed the video at a size other than its produced dimensions, you had to manually change the Screencast.com embed code. If you had non-standard dimensions, you may have had to do a little cross multiplication to keep the aspect ratio the same. (If you don't keep the aspect ratio the same the video will be squashed or stretched.) Screencast.com recently added a convenient feature that saves you from having to manually change the embed code and/or do math. When you're Continue reading

Digital Learning Day and TechSmith

TechSmith is pleased to be a part of Digital Learning Day on February 6, 2013! Digital Learning Day is a national awareness campaign to celebrate the effective use of  technology to enhance learning. TechSmith is honored to not only be a sponsor, but more so, we're honored by the fact that our tools are making an impact in education. What is digital learning? The Alliance for Educational Excellence, the proponent behind Digital Learning Day, defines Digital Learning as: Any instructional Continue reading

How to Record Skype, Google Hangouts, and Webinars

This post offers a wealth of information when it comes to recording things like webinars, Google Hangouts, and Skype calls.  The TechSmith products that work best for this task are Snagit 11.1 on Windows, Camtasia for Mac 2.2, Camtasia Studio 7 or 8, and Camtasia Relay 4.1.1.  Click on the links for FREE fully-functional trial versions. For PC * Please note: If you use Windows XP, you may not be able to do this without a workaround/hack (more detail in the PDF below). 1.  First, figure Continue reading