A Tale of Two Experiments (Updates on Ask3 & ScreenChomp)

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." Since it is still National Reading month, I cannot think of a more fitting start to this blog post than those famous words of Charles Dickens. I’ll be honest what I'm going to share today is probably not going to be “best of time” type news for most of you. Granted, I hope that in the end you will not be feeling it is the “worst of times” either. Now back to the story… A little over a year and half ago in October of 2012 TechSmith Continue reading

TechSmith Fuse App Commercial Leaks onto Internet

The TechSmith Fuse app does a lot of things. It instantly brings your smartphone photos and video directly into Snagit and Camtasia and uploads your video to TechSmith Relay with the touch of a button. I guess you could say it "fuses together" the entire suite of TechSmith apps. Do you see what we did there? Cool. (tweet this) Always Ahead of the Times... As a cutting-edge tech company, TechSmith has always tried to be ahead of the curve. When we developed the TechSmith Fuse app in the early Continue reading

How Many Videos Do You Need To Effectively Flip Your Class? An Interview with Ashlie Smith

This is the first in a series of interviews with the award-winning ScreenChamp 2013 producers. The ScreenChamp Awards are the annual screencasting competition hosted by TechSmith. This year, the competition received over 230+ entries. Ashlie Smith: A New Kind of Educator Ashlie Smith is an 8th Grade Physical Science instructor at Cranbrook Schools, and she recently won the 2013 EDU Category prize for her screencast Work and Power. Since flipping her class a year-and-a-half ago, Smith has Continue reading

Next Vista for Learning, Rushton Hurley Interview: Forge Episode 35

One of the best parts of working on the Forge is the amazing people I get to meet. Many of them are working to help change their little part of the world for the better. This month's guest is right up there. I first met Rushton Hurley of Next Vista for Learning through TechSmith colleague Jason Valade, who recommended Rushton as a potential judge for the 2012 ScreenChamp awards. We ended up connecting for that event, and he was a great judge with insightful comments. I knew at that point I wanted Continue reading

Cloud Services Interruption

UPDATE - March 24 - 7:00 pm Thank you for bearing with us. The ability to upload has been re-enabled across all products and services. All content created before 5:30 am ET on March 24 and after 10:45 am ET is (or will soon be) available for viewing. Here’s a breakdown of the impact on your content... TechSmith Relay Any uploads between 5:30 am and 10:45 am ET are lost, along with their quizzing and analytics. Recordings finished between 10:45 am and 6:45 pm have been queued up on the device Continue reading

Reading month: Reading with Jack book reviews

To continue our celebration of all things reading for National Reading Month, I interviewed BookTuber, Jack Cork. Jack is a remarkable young man who has his own YouTube Channel, ReadingWithJack, where he gives video book reviews of the books he reads. How many books do you read each month, and how long do they take you to read? The amount of books I read each month varies depending on what time of year it is - if it’s exam season at school, I hardly read anything, but if it’s the summer holidays, Continue reading

“It spread like wildfire.” A district rollout that actually worked.

As we prepared to launch TechSmith Relay, a new enterprise-wide video solution for schools and businesses, we spent a lot of time with pilot site Forest Hills School District in West Michigan to observe how it would be used in the real world. With over 10,000 students in the district, Forest Hills works hard to create active learning environments to better engage students. What we saw there was not the stereotypical top-down approach to technology rollouts but instead a genuine excitement among Continue reading