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Getting Started

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Getting Started (With Creating and Sharing Mathcasts) 

Windows  (Mac user? - See section below)

Screencasts showing methods:  (NEW!)

  1. K-7 Mathcasts 500 Project Overview - Includes a section on how to use VoiceThread (free for educators) to create mathcasts.
  2. From Start to Finish (SMART Notebook version) - 1
    Shows the use of SMART Notebook (SN), TechSmith Camtasia Studio (SN), TechSmith Screencast.com (SC), and a graphics tablet to create a set of mathcasts.
  3. Mathcasting Methods (3 of them) NEW! 
    Shows 3 methods (Live, Library-Infinite Cloning, Undo-Redo) for creating mathcasts. Tools: CS, SN, GT (for Live and Undo-Redo). Includes SMART Notebook(s) for you to use.
  4. Shows how to quickly create a mathcast in real time. Tools: CS, SN, GT
  5. Shows a mathcasting method which does not require a graphics tablet. Tools: CS, SN.  Includes SMART Notebook(s) for you to use.
  6. Shows how to create a mathcast by recording while "replaying" it using the undo and redo buttons. Tools: CS, SN, GT



  1. Start with VoiceThread.  It's free for educators or free for 3 VoiceThreads which can each hold many mathcasts and it's very simple to use. 
    Plus with VoiceThreads you can invite others to view or make their own comments (mathcasts) to go with yours.  View this overview to get started. 
    You'll need a microphone & optionally a graphics tablet.
  2. If you want to record your screen and have a graphics table then download & install TechSmith Jing (free during its beta) and use it with
    a free trial subscription to TechSmith Screencast.com.
  3. Embed your mathcasts created with VoiceThread or Jing in your wiki (PBwiki comes highly recommended!), blog, MySpace, Facebook, etc
    and share them with others.
  1. If you want to be able to create mathcasts longer than 5 minutes, edit them, add Picture in Picture, etc then download & install TechSmith Camtasia Studio
    (30 day free trial - See Screen Recording and Production Software)
  2. Download & install InterWrite Workspace or SMART Notebook software
    (free download - See Tools - Annotation Software).
  3. Start InterWrite Workspace or SMART Notebook software and use your keyboard and mouse (or graphics tablet or IWB) to write a math problem.  Use the InterWrite Workspace or SMART capture tool to capture an image of a problem to solve. 
  4. Plug in a headset or microphone
    (see Tools - Sound Recording)
  1. Start Camtasia Recorder. Use the wizard and choose part of the screen to record with voice.
  2. Start recording.
  3. Type or write your solution with a keyboard, mouse and/or graphics tablet)
  4. Stop recording at the end of your writing.
  5. Save your mathcast with a meaningful name.
  6. Students: Upload your movie (avi) to a free YouTube.com account and share it.
  7. Teachers: Produce your mathcasts using Camtasia Studio and the Screencast to Web preset.  Then upload your movie to Screencast.com and/or YouTube.com and share it.  Google Video is ok but screencasts don't look nearly as clear on it as Screencast.com or YouTube.com. 
  8. Link to your Screencast.com or YouTube mathcasts or embed YouTube mathcasts in a blog, wiki, etc.

  1. Use VoiceThread - see above.
  2. Use Jing or JingPro by TechSmith - see above.
  3. Use Camtasia:Mac - http://www.techsmith.com/camtasiamac/
  4. Use SnapZ Pro by Ambrosia Software to create QuickTime (.mov) movies & share these using YouTube or Google Video.
  5. Use Mac version of SMART Notebook software (9.5 or above) along with the SMART Recorder to create QuickTime (.mov) movies & share these using YouTube or Google Video.
  6. Use Mac in PC mode and use tools as in Windows section above.


  1. Use Camtasia Studio 5's Recorder to resize Windows to convenient sizes like 800x600 or 640x480. If you have an older version of Camtasia Studio then use Sizer and see Troy Stein's Sizer tutorial.
  2. Produce movies to other formats like CD, Pocket PC, video iPod, Sony PSP using Camtasia Studio.
  3. Use ExamView dynamic questions as the basis for questions.

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