Session Title: Screencasting: The latest in technology training

Those of us that provide technology support for nonprofits get asked a few questions over and over (and over and over) again. Screencasts are a great new way to answer simple how-to's and record the answers to those frequently asked questions for posterity. A recording of your voice, the image on your screen, and some additional elements, screencasts are perfect for explaining how-to's for your applications and other specific, tactical uses. In this session we'll explore some uses for screencasting, the tools you'll need to create one, and tips and tricks for making them work.

  • A definition of screen casting, with real examples
  • Overview of the tools needed
  • Tips and tricks to make your screencasts successful

Session Outline:
I. Intros of speakers (5 minutes) BK/IM
II. Audience – What are you here to learn? (10 minutes) BK
III. Screencast Primer - Interactive Presentation (10 minutes) BK
a. What/definition
b. Why they are powerful training aids
c. Examples
IV. The Process, Tools, and Techniques (25 minutes)
a. Content BK
b. Organizing for Production BK
c. Shooting the Movie BK
d. Tools IM/BK
-Video editing software
-Video screen capture software
e. Editing Techniques IM
-editing styles
- rough cut and fine cut
f. Production IM
-File formats/sizes and tradeoffs
e. Hosting BK/IM
f. Distribution IM

IV. Demonstration of the process (20 minutes) IM/BK
How To Change The Player Size on YouTube

V. Tips, Tricks, Question and Answer (20 minutes) IM/BK

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Beth Kanter, Session Designer

Beth Kanter is a trainer, coach, and consultant to nonprofits and individuals in effective use of technology. She has worked on projects that include: training, curriculum development, research, and evaluation. Her expertise is how to use new web tools (blogging, tagging, wikis, photo sharing, video blogging, screencasting, social networking sites, and virtual worlds, etc) to support nonprofit. She is an experienced coach to "digital immigrants" in the personal mastery of these tools. She is a professional blogger and writes about the use of social media tools in the nonprofit sector for social change. You can learn about Beth by reading her blog, Beth's Blog,, her Web site (, or LinkedIn profile
My complete portfolio of screencasts and video can be found here.

One paragraph bio:

Ian Miller is the Post-Production supervisor for See3 Communications specializing in producing media for Non-profits. His background is in video and film editing having worked several years in Chicago as a commercial editor and documentary filmmaker. He has been known to design Flash presentations, corporate branding, political identities, posters for theater companies
and rock shows. In his free time Ian enjoys taking long walks, photography, Aikido, video games and reading. You can see some of his non-profit work at: