Video Creation Made Easy with TechSmith Relay

We've been spending a lot of time in schools, watching how real educators and students use (or want to use) video. The reality is that even simple content creation is not as easy as you might think. Our new TechSmith Relay offering gives schools an "easy button" for video: from capture to sharing to assessment to analytics. But don't just take our word for it. This video walks you through a real-life content creation example from end to end. The process itself is only a a few minutes in length, Continue reading

Wonderful Ways To Celebrate Poetry In April and Throughout The Year!

Guest post written by Shannon McClintock Miller This last week the children and educators within my school community at Van Meter have been enjoying a week of spring break. It was a nice time to reflect on the last several months, to be inspired with new ideas, and to think about the last few months of the school year. As I sat outside in the warm Florida sun one day, I made a few notes on literacy events coming up and am so happy to think about the fun we will be having celebrating Poetry Continue reading

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

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

“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

Why we’re betting Chromebooks aren’t just another interactive whiteboard

One thing we’ve noticed after 25 years in the educational technology space is that software products don’t get a lot of play on Parent Teacher Conference night. Teachers and school board members can easily point to a stack of iPads or an interactive whiteboard in the front of the room and say, “Look! Technology in the classroom!” But they rarely make a big deal about software; or even budget for it. In fact, K-12 schools in 2011 spent an estimated 55-60% of their education technology budgets Continue reading