Recording Android apps with Captivate – An Experiment

When I had first researched options for screen recordings on Android devices, all I could find were some rather clumsy tools to capture/record apps. More than 3 years later, I thought I take a second look and test the currently available options using my Samsung Galaxy S7 phone. For Samsung devices, their free SideSync tool seems to be the best option. This tool allows you to mirror the Android device’s screen to your PC desktop.

The tool provides options to either connect to the device via USB or Wi-Fi. The USB connection is supposed to be more responsive. In my test, I didn’t notice a significant difference between both options.

Once connected, you can easily record the mirrored device screen, using Captivate’s Video Demo recording option. Here is a sample recording:

Use the device as you normally would; tap on icons, scroll up/down, swipe, pinch to zoom, etc. All user actions are mirrored to the SideSync window which in turn is recorded in Captivate. Once the recording is complete, you can complete the ‘illusion’ by overlaying a bitmap of a phone with a transparent cutout for the screen.

I’m sure other Android device manufacturers offer tools similar to Samsung SideSync. Also, there is an app called Reflector, which allows you to mirror both iOS and Android device screens to your desktop.

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YouTube Learning: Investing in educational creators, resources, and tools for EduTubers

YouTube gibt bekannt, dass es 20 Millionen Dollar in Bildung und Lernen investieren will, genauer, in YouTube Learning, „an initiative to support education focused creators and expert organizations that create and curate high quality learning content on YouTube“. Weitere Details finden sich in diesem Artikel. Dabei denke ich gerade daran, das YouTube & Lernen ja ein schönes Thema für einen Artikel wäre: über Lernvideo-Entwickler und Lernende, über Lernvideo-Formate, Lernvideos für Schüler, Studierende, Sportler usw., Edu-Channel, Bildungsanbieter auf YouTube, Geschäftsmodelle, usw. Es könnte natürlich immer nur eine Momentaufnahme sein …
Malik Ducard, YouTube Blog, 22. Oktober 2018

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VR in classroom

Really pleased to help take VR up to another level, for  those that are interested as an Adobe Education trainer  I have just finished VR in the classroom course  using Premiere.

I intend to put the footage into my first Captivate project 360° in the classroom.

I will be posting all my work around the theme of 360° Croydon

The main reason I have chosen it is because the landscape is about to change drastically.

A new £1.4bn Westfield shopping complex is about to be built which will mean that shops, buildings, streets and homes will change in style and appearance.

To start off here is the footage from Youtube and my learning journal 

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Google Cloud – An alternative to sharing Captivate content via Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Every once in a while users ask me how/where to share published eLearning content, if they don’t have a website. The default suggestion is to upload content to a S3 storage bucket on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This process has already been described in one of @Paul Wilson’s videos.

An alternative to AWS is Google Cloud. The process of creating a storage bucket, uploading content, setting permissions and sharing a URL are quite similar to AWS. Here is my quick recording of the required steps.

Both AWS and Google Cloud offer free account options for 12-month.

One other cloud storage option to consider is Microsoft Azure. I haven’t tried Azure yet, but from what I read the process is similar to AWS and Google.

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State of Video in Education 2018

Der Herausgeber dieses Reports, Kaltura, ist Anbieter von Video-Plattformen und weiterer Dienste rund ums Medium und damit kein unbefangener Berichterstatter. Aber der Blick auf die Umfragedaten (mit Schwerpunkten auf Higher Education und Nordamerika), die sie zusammengetragen und ausgewertet haben, ist ganz interessant. Es gibt Kapitel zur Video-Nutzung und Video-Technologien (Platforms, Video Features, Lecture Capture). Am Ende ein kurzer Blick nach vorne. Hier heißt es, dass folgende Video-Technologien an Bedeutung gewinnen werden: Interactive videos, self-paced curriculums, predictive analytics, auto-scoring und VR/AR/360 video.
Kaltura, Oktober 2018 (pdf)

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