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 Finalists: View and Vote Now!

The People's Choice Award The finalists have been selected...the judges are revealed...and now it’s up to YOU to make the final decision! Vote for the People’s Choice Award on the TechSmith YouTube Channel. Simply "like" a video to cast your vote. The People's Choice Award will go to the video with the most YouTube likes. (Dislikes don’t count and views don't matter either.) And make sure to subscribe to the TechSmith Channel while you're there! The People's Choice Award voting closes 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

Submit NOW for ScreenChamp Awards – ScreenChump Wrap Up

That's a Wrap! It's hard to believe that 5 weeks of video reviews have come and gone, and even harder to believe that submissions for this year's ScreenChamp Awards have already opened. In case you missed it, we've been giving friendly feedback on a number of fine user submitted videos in preparation for our third annual ScreenChamp Awards. Annotated with tips and tricks that we've gained from our own screencasting experience, we hope that they'll serve as a good resource for everyone, including 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

Enter your video to win – third annual ScreenChamp Awards!

You've had a year to develop a new screencasting masterpiece...some practical pointers on how to level up, courtesy of our ScreenChump to ScreenChamp series of video critiques...so now it's time to round up your best work and submit it to the ScreenChamp Awards 2013! We're giving away more than $4,800 worth of audio and video gear, pre-production tools, and music soundtrack gift certificates from our friends at Premiumbeat.com. You can enter up to three videos, which we'll sort into one of Continue reading