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

ScreenChamp 2013: And the Winner Is…

What an incredible year for the ScreenChamp Awards! The 2013 competition had many firsts: a record number of entries (230+), a double category winner, and an incredibly heated People's Choice Award competition. Let's break it down! Watch Episode 33 of The Forge ScreenChamp judges Matt Pierce (Host, The Forge) and Steve Garfield (Videoblogging Pioneer) announce the winners live and discuss this year's finalists: Can't see the video? Watch it on YouTube Training & Tutorial and Sales & Continue reading

Screenchamp Awards 2013 – UPDATE

Wow—what an incredible turnout! We received 239 submissions for this year’s 2013 Screenchamp Awards. That’s a 160% increase over last year! We have begun the difficult (yet fun!) process of reviewing all your amazing entries. Photo Credit: mikecogh via Compfight cc Since we received so many more entries this year, we recruited even more TechSmithies to screen the submissions. Our screening team is varied, covering a wide panoply of interests and tastes. Yet everyone screening these Continue reading

Ghost Hunting with TechSmith

Scott Morgan Shares Spookiest Findings with Camtasia Can't see the video? Watch it on Screencast.com. Scott Morgan knows a thing or two about ghosts. Not the gory, pop-out-when-you-least-expect-it kind, or the ones that crawl out of TVs. Scott knows the ghosts that walk around your bed late at night with big, heavy footsteps. He knows the ghosts that have a presence in the room and whisper, “get out,” when you’ve overstayed your welcome. These creep-tastic events have only encouraged Continue reading

Screenchump to Screenchamp Review 5: Know Your Audience

One of the challenges of creating video is that it’s hard to judge your own work. You make something, fall in love with it, and then changing it becomes difficult at best. In order to help everyone make better videos, we set out on this idea: what if we loaned our expertise and reviewed our customers’ videos in the same way we would review our own videos and gave them some screencasting tips? So that’s exactly what we’ve done… We asked all of you to send us videos that you want help Continue reading

Screenchump to Screenchamp Review 4: Focus Viewers’ Attention

One of the challenges of creating video is that it’s hard to judge your own work. You make something, fall in love with it, and then changing it becomes difficult at best. In order to help everyone make better videos, we set out on this idea: what if we loaned our expertise and reviewed our customers' videos in the same way we would review our own videos and gave them some screencasting tips? So that’s exactly what we’ve done… We asked all of you to send us videos that you want help on. Continue reading

ScreenChump to ScreenChamp Review 3: Screencasting Tips for “Sending JibJab Cards”

One of the challenges of creating video is that it’s hard to judge your own work. You make something, fall in love with it, and then changing it becomes difficult at best. In order to help everyone make better videos, we set out on this idea: what if we loaned our expertise and reviewed our customers' videos in the same way we would review our own videos and gave them some screencasting tips? So that’s exactly what we’ve done… We asked all of you to send us videos that you want help on. Continue reading